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All American Thursdays recognizes Nathaniel Johns

All American Thursdays happen every week with a Vintage Flyover, hero salute, live entertainment, free beer/seltzer tastings and fireworks ending the night at 9pm. Meet our hero for June 9, Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Johns.

Staff Sergeant Nathaniel S. Johns is the NCOIC of Supply for the 96th Security Forces Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He is tasked to maintain accountability of all Security Forces equipment with a total cost of $1 million. He is responsible for issuing gear, and controls the Government Processing Card for the unit to sustain the Units supplies to maintain readiness for all members.

We work closely with the 96th SFS who volunteer for events in the community and also keep our installation and PEOPLE safe at the gate!  We appreciate the 1 percent of our population who voluntarily serve our nation in the armed services.

Military Organizations give big!

We were with the VFW in Milton on Saturday when they made a $500 donation to our Fisher House at Eglin.  The Military Order of the Cooties PT 59 are faithful supporters of our house at Eglin and give faithfully.  They are veterans, helping veterans and their families.  #winning

Judyann Schneider gets a promotion to Guest Services

Congratulations Judyann Schneider!  Judyann now she serves as the Guest Services Representative. She has been with our Fisher House since 2016. Her favorite part of working at the Fisher House is meeting all the selfless people that serve our country.

Judyann is happily married to her husband Tom, and has five adult children that have blessed her with 7 grandchildren She loves caring for her pets, which include three dogs, three cats, and one bunny

It takes a village of support and caregivers internally and a kind, thoughtful generous team of volunteers, donors and medical personnel externally to complete this mission.  We are grateful for the hands and hearts who work, serve and make a difference in the lives of our military families.  Unsung heroes….

Chere’ York is great new addition to Eglin Fisher House

Chere’ York is new to the Eglin Fisher House. She is responsible for ensuring guest rooms are ready for their stay, and the common areas of the house. Chere’ but looks forward to a long and happy future here. She fits right in with the team to create a great work family, doing what they all enjoy!  She has been married for 5 years to her husband Trevor York. They share two girls together, Coralyn age 8 and Hayden age 2. They live with 3 additional 4 legged companions.

Chere’ and Trevor stay busy with the dogs, the kids, running a small family owned business called All Out Woodworks and working for the Air Force. In their spare time, Chere’ and her husband love playing darts and taking trips local mud parks to occasionally to ride their ATV’s.

We love the team at our Fisher House who welcome our guests and take care of them every single day.

Eglin Fisher House welcomes new manager, Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell recently became the Fisher House Manager. Robert is retired after serving in the US Air Force for 23 years as a Services Specialist. Along with 30 plus years of hospitality experience that he brings to the Fisher House, he is very passionate about making customers feel at home. His loves being able to interact with the guests and lend a listening ear.

Robert is married to love of his life, Marilia, who he met while stationed at Lajes Air Base, Portugal. They have 2 daughters and are blessed with 3 grandsons of which is a pair of twins. Their three grandsons keep both of them very busy. He enjoys watching college football, especially his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Welcome Robert!

Rob Connell joins Fisher House Board

Recently retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer with 28 years of service in a wide variety of command and staff positions from platoon through Combatant Command level. Worked throughout Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and the Pacific Rim. Education background includes Undergrad and Post-Graduate degrees. Rob is currently a Senior Program Analyst with the Technology Integration Support Center – a MAG Aerospace company that directly supports Air Force Special Operations Command and the SOF community at large. P.S. Rob was at the table when Arnold Fisher made the decision to bring the Intrepid Spirit Center to Eglin and was instrumental in highlighting the immediate need for our war fighters in the treatment of brain injuries, and invisible wounds.  We love having former members of the Red Empire, 7th SFG overseeing the care of our wonderful mission, serving military and veteran families during their time of medical need. 

Jim Yurack elected to President of Board for 2022-2024 Term

Jim Yurack
Jim Yurack wins a golden ticket










Jim, who is the Project Engineer, IV with Serco-WBB has served on our board since 2016, most recently as our Secretary. He is a retired Major with the USAF, Test Pilot School Graduate and he and his family live in Niceville.  We are grateful for his continued leadership in this expanded role and the support of his family, along with SERCO, his employer.   Read more here.



CEFCO featuring kitchen, opens new store – donates to Fisher House





Wes and Jerry, representing CEFCO presented $1500 to our Fisher House this week in celebration of their new store. We love when new business comes to town and makes a splash with military blessing as soon as they are open!  Go visit and tell them it’s because they love our military like we do.  #loveisgoodmedicine and #CEFCOGIVESBACK

More about the store:
FT. WALTON BEACH, FL (December 23, 2021) – CEFCO Convenience Stores announced the grand opening of its newest store featuring CEFCO Kitchen located at 325 Eglin Parkway N in Ft. Walton Beach, FL


Excited to open another CEFCO Kitchen in the portfolio, customers will be pleased to find a wide variety of hot and cold food items, including made-to-order burritos, tacos, and bowls, as well as hand-breaded chicken tenders, pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, and many other signature food offerings. This store will be open 24 hours a day.

Conveniently located on Eglin Parkway N, this location has 49 auto parking spaces and square footage of 6,054 square feet.

“We are excited to open another location with our newest store in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and we look forward to serving and partnering with the local community as we do in our other cities.” said Rick Schneider, Regional Vice President of Operations.

CEFCO operates over 200 locations in 6 states.


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