Hello, I am Jerry Frech and I am an artist and a veteran of the Iraq War. I served in the United States Air Force Security Forces and in Iraq with the 506 Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Kirkuk, Iraq from Feburary 18, 2006 to August 25th of 2006. It has been three years and since then my life has changed and believe it or not, it has been for the better.
My story is perhaps like none other. I never had to fire my gun while there. I never lost a friend while there. Yet I did lose a close child-hood friend during the war, just not while serving with him. But my story is about a guy who had everything. At the time (2005) I had just married my best friend, Dana, working for a Fortune 500 company, making great money and was serving in the 192D Fighter Wing (Va. Air Guard). The Iraq War seemed distant - until I had lost my friend - prior to that I never thought of the war. I never thought that I would be involved in the war considering the fact that no one from the 192D was being deployed on a regular basis, and to my knowledge no one from the 192D had gone to Iraq. All of that would soon change.
On a sunny morning in Janurary while at drill weekend I was called to deploy to Iraq. I couldn't believe that this was happening to me.
Now all of this happened three years ago and in this blog through the use of my sketchbook/journal I wish to share with you my experiences and how my life took a sudden turn. How I went from Fortune 500 Company employee/ Air National Guard Security Forces guy to a college art student.
I feel motivated to do this after reading through my old journals and realizing the story they tell. In all of this you will see a change from who I use to be to becoming a free-spirited artist looking to live life to the fullest!