Idaho Born & Raised
Aaron von Ehlinger was born on May 7th, 1982 in Orofino, Idaho where he spent his childhood playing sports, riding motorcycles, building hot rods, fishing, and hunting. At the age of 15, von Ehlinger's family moved to Whitefish, Montana. As a kid, he always thought that the greatest thing a man could do was serve his country, and after his junior year at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program and committed to serving in the Army’s elite Airborne Infantry.
Two weeks after graduating from Whitefish High School in June of 2000, von Ehlinger was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia (The Home of The Infantry) for Basic Training, Advanced Individualized Training, and Airborne School. He was then stationed with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Shortly after arriving, von Ehlinger was sent to Air Assault School to learn the science of rappelling and fast-roping operations and insertions from helicopters
Not long after von Ehlinger completed Air Assault School, the September 11th attacks of 2001 occurred. Von Ehlinger’s unit was immediately placed on full alert and later in 2001, was deployed to Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force mission to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban as a member of Task Force Rakkasan. Von Ehlinger has stated that it was during this time in his life, at the age of 19 in Afghanistan, that he learned the true meaning of sacrifice and leadership. In 2002, von Ehlinger’s unit redeployed to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and in 2003 von Ehlinger was honorably discharged from the Army after sustaining multiple service-related injuries in Afghanistan.
After the military, von Ehlinger graduated from the University of Alabama with a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History (Magna Cum Laude). He made the President’s List multiple times during his time in college. In 2004, von Ehlinger was a summer intern for the USDA Forest Service Nez Perce National Historic Trail office. Von Ehlinger has worked in real estate investment and development, and the construction and private security industries. He is also currently a substitute teacher in his local school district. Von Ehlinger has traveled to over 25 countries, and as a proud member of the All Fifty Club has traveled to all 50 American states.
Since his honorable discharge from the military, von Ehlinger has had a keen interest in politics. He has stated,” politicians always get involved in the wars that American heroes fight, so it is important that war veterans get involved in politics.” After being urged by many people in his community, and after the release of the Afghanistan Papers by the Washington Post, von Ehlinger has decided that now is the time to once again serve his country and community. Von Ehlinger currently serves as a Precinct Committeeman for the Nez Perce County Republican Central Committee. He is a candidate for the Idaho State House of Representatives, District 6, Seat A, as a member of the Republican Party.
All 50 Club!
Having been to every State in the Union, I have the first-hand experience required to be able to say, Idaho is the best!
Idaho is my home by birth and after traveling to every State I have seen exactly why I love Idaho so much. This is why I am here and why I am fighting to keep Idaho great!