Fox C-6 Alumni of the Month: May 2014

Fox C-6 Alumni of the Month: General Frank J. Grass
Posted on 05/01/2014
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General Frank J. Grass was a member of the Fox High School graduating class of 1969.  After graduating from Fox Senior High School, General Grass enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard and has since had a career serving our country as a member of the our country’s armed forces.  Currently, General Grass works in the Pentagon, serving as the 27th Chief, National Guard Bureau, and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as a military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and is the Department of Defense's official channel of communication to the Governors and State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard. He is responsible for ensuring that the more than 460,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat resources to the Army and Air Force.

When reflecting on his time in the Fox C-6 School District, General Grass says:

"I am proud to be a part of the Class of 69 at Fox High School.  I had wonderful friends and excellent teachers.  As a senior I attended classes for half of the day at Jefferson Junior College in an automotive technology program - loved it and I loved working on cars - and still do. 

"1969 was an interesting time for our Nation.  I doubt back then if any of us really understood the magnitude of the Vietnam War or the anti-war effort.  For the High School kids from Arnold we just knew if our country called we would go and so did our teachers who were subject to be drafted out of the classroom - and some were!  Many of our fathers had served in World War II, as had mine.  This created a strong sense of patriotism in Jefferson County.  That's why I enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard at Jefferson Barracks a few months after High School graduation. 

"Also, I think we all knew our principal, Mr Simpson, a leader and teacher who I look up to today.  I have the highest regard for teachers across the country and especially the Fox High teachers who dedicated their careers to give me and my High School friends to education and tools for life.  Thank you all."

General Grass