Sergeant First Class Jeff W. Frasher
Reflections on this veteran's military service
Submitted by Sherri Harris
After basic and AIT, Jeff’s assignment was Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer Fort Drum, New York. Jeff went from surfing in California to shoveling snow in upstate New York, spent the Millennium on guard duty in war-torn Bosnia, witnessed the famous sandstorms of Iraq, and the bitter cold of Afghanistan. Jeff has sat on the steps of Saddam Hussein’s Presidential Palace in Tikrit, and felt the warm breezes of Hawaii while playing golf, had his own stool at the local pub in Korea, while being responsible for the repair and maintenance of the Army’s helicopters. Jeff’s favorite is the Chinook – in his words - it’s a work horse!
Jeff is currently a Helicopter Maintenance Instructor at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama where he lives with his wife and three children of which two were born while he was serving in combat zones. Being the family member of an American soldier can be difficult but is rewarding.
Jeff loves southern Alabama – it’s almost California!
Jeff’s grandparents were original Lakewood homeowners, buying one of the “new” homes on Edgefield Street in 1954. Jeff’s parents bought and moved into the Edgefield house when Jeff was 18 months old. Jeff grew up in Lakewood, attending Woodruff Christian Elementary and graduated from Mayfair High School in 1988.