Fox C-6 Alumni of the Month: General Frank J. Grass
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
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
"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."