The awesome Chedisters…..and saying goodbye to Chedbob

The  Fisher House at Eglin AFB, FL and its  local support organization Fisher House of the Emerald Coast (FHEC) lost a great friend recently with the sudden passing of Major General Robert W. “Chedbob” Chedister USAF-retired. Chedbob, as he was known to literally everyone, was the Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Commander of the Air Armament Center at Eglin in 2006 when he, after being inspired by his wife Trecia, started the wheels turning for Eglin to receive Fisher House #48. I well remember the dinner he set up with me and several other members of our local community at the Eglin Air Base Wing Commander’s home where he and Trecia laid out their vision for the Eglin Fisher House, how it would complement the Eglin Hospital, and how it would support active duty, retired and family members while they sought medical care at the Eglin Hospital and in the local area. I had the honor of chairing the first FHEC board of directors and walked the property across from the Eglin Hospital with Chedbob and Fisher House Foundation CEO Dave Coker when they put a flag in the ground and said “We are building the Eglin Fisher House RIGHT HERE!”

After his retirement from the Air Force, Chedbob and Trecia remained huge supporters of FHEC with Trecia serving multiple terms on our board of directors over the years. Since opening in 2010, the Eglin Fisher House has assisted thousands. Chedbob served our nation by helping to protect it from our enemies and his legacy of service will live on thanks to his and Trecia’s efforts to get #48 built and opened on Eglin AFB. He was a  great friend and he is deeply missed.

His obituary is here.  A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, July 29.

Tony Hughes was the first President of the newly formed organization in 2007, serving for two years and remained on the board until 2014.  His involvement continues today as a Community Ambassador.

When the Chedisters relocated from Laurel Hill to South Carolina last year, Trec shared some index cards she developed during the planning phase and also a picture of the group meeting.  We are so honored to have this family a part of our early days to bring the Fisher House to the Eglin community.

Trec Chedister
Trec and Chedbob Chedister

Serco Sponsors Helping Heroes Gala

When our friends from Serco were in town, they gave us a donation to go towards the Helping Heroes Black Tie “is back” Gala! Serco works to continually shape markets and public services for the better. Serco also works to help support our mission for our Fisher House! We love their faithful support!

https://www.serco.com/

Okaloosa Gas Sponsors Helping Heroes Gala

Okaloosa Gas District is a natural gas utility that services around 50,000 residential and commercial customers in the Northwest Florida area. Okaloosa Gas District is a returning sponsor for the Helping Heroes Gala. Okaloosa Gas supports Fisher House and our mission, and we could not be more grateful for their support.

Okaloosa Gas District

thrIVe Wellness to sponsor Helping Heroes Gala

thrIVe Wellness is the Emerald Coast’s premier IV Hydration Therapy and Wellness Center. Their medically licensed staff provides the most innovative and effective ways to achieve your optimum health and wellness goals. We are so grateful for thrIVe Welness sponsoring the Helping Heroes Gala this year!

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Boeing Company Sponsors Helping Heroes Gala Again!

The Boeing Company develops, manufactures, and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries.  As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. The Boeing Company will once again bless our Fisher House by sponsoring our Helping Heroes Gal again. Thank you, Boeing Company!

Boeing: The Boeing Company Official Website

Crane Aerospace Graciously Sponsors Helping Heroes Gala!

Crane Aerospace & Electronics delivers innovative design and manufacturing engineering capabilities for rugged commercial aviation, defense and space applications. Crane Aerospace is sponsoring this year’s Helping Heroes Gala and helping our Fisher House continue our mission of keeping families together!

https://www.craneae.com/

Mills Heating and Air Returning Sponsor for Gala

Mills Heating and Air is returning as a loyal and gracious sponsor for our Helping Heroes Black Tie “is back” Gala. We appreciate all their support and efforts towards our Fisher House. With a very hot summer ahead, make sure to use Mills Heating and Air for all your air condition needs, they love and support our mission greatly. Thank you Mills Heating and Air for all that you do for us!

Mills Heating And Air Conditioning | Serving The Lynchburg Virginia Metro

 

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