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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.



August 10 Words from Guests

“We are grateful to the Fisher House for hosting our family. We travelled from Austin, TX for my son and I to receive hyperbaric treatment from Dr. Zant and it was highly successful. The gracious staff and lovely house allowed our family to focus on healing. We also enjoyed visiting with other guests that we met during our stay. We will pray for healing for all of the families at the Fisher House.”

HarborWalk All American Thursdays celebrates Sue Nelson

Most days my job is cool.  And there are days when it is WAY cool because we get to honor heroes in our community who are givers… Sue Nelson.  Her spouse Randy, AKA Pup, and Sue are some of our very first “honorary commander” friends from their active duty days at the 728th back in 2003.  They have remained in our close village and last Thursday, we surprised Sue by honoring her, both for active duty, retiring as a Lt Col, but also for her most important work with the Preservation of the Force and Family at AFSOC.  (Loving our military families like we do, kindred spirits.)

Sue will retire at the end of this month and we conspired with her family and work friends to get her to this event under the auspices of Nana Duty…..HA!  She was surprised, and so deserving.  Here’s the write up from the evening….

  • Hero tonight is Sue Nelson, Lt Col, USAF retired
  • She is originally from Davenport, Iowa and currently lives in Valparaiso with her spouse Randy, whom she met in High School.  The Nelsons just celebrated 40 years of marriage, have two sons and 4 grandchildren.
  • Bachelors in Business from University of Iowa/1981.  Masters from Webster.
  • Throughout her military career, she served at Hahn Air Base Fed Republic of Germany, Randolph, Langley, Remote to Soto Cano AB Honduras, back to Maxwell, Camp Smith Hawaii PACOM Air Force Element Commander and her last active duty assignment included Hurlburt 1 SOW Mission Support Squadron Commander and Deputy Commander Mission Support Group
  • Sue was fast on her way to Colonel, consistently promoted below the zone when in 2003, Randy, also a Lt Col with the USAF was deployed to Baghdad.  They had two sons, one a senior in High School and the Nelson family needed her at home.  She left a job she loved for something she loved more, her family.
  • But she didn’t stay at home, Sue continued to contribute to the defense of our country, and began working at Hurlburt Field.  When a special program was created to focus on mission readiness, longevity and HUMAN performance – AKA to embrace the belief that humans are more important than hardware, Sue joined this effort.  In 2015, Sue, serving as the Manpower, Personnel and Services Directorate for Preservation of the Force and Family,  was one of 14 rewarded with exemplary service.

  • On July 30th, she will retire again from Hurlburt Field from this program that provides physical, spiritual, mental and social support inside of Special Operations, a job she loves for something she loves more, her new job as Silly Nana to her grandchildren.
  • She supports many local charities with time, talent and treasure including Shield of Faith, and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.