Harrison Freer is our newest Board Member. Please join us in giving him a hearty welcome! You can read Harrison’s complete bio below.
Harrison grew up in Wappingers Falls, NY and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School. He attended the US Air Force Academy and then AF pilot training. He flew international cargo aircraft from NJ for 5 years, and then was assigned to Alaska for 3 years. Next came one of several school and staff assignments, where he earned a MS in Space Operations at the AF Institute of Technology. He returned to flying and flew in what has become known as Gulf War I, from1990-92. Then Lt. Col Freer commanded the Global Positioning System (GPS) operations unit from 1992-1994. Under his watch the satellite system achieved initial operational capability in 1993. He also commanded a group in Germany responsible for European, African, and Middle East strategic airlift support in these regions. Two of his last 3 Air Force assignments were in the Pentagon where he worked primarily on countering weapons of mass destruction and space issues. He retired in August 2000 in the grade of Colonel.
Upon AF retirement, Mr. Freer took a management position with Boeing in the metropolitan DC area. He also was with Northrop Grumman in the DC area and he joined a small start-up and permanently relocated to Queensbury in 2007. He is married to the former Tricia Lambert; they have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Harrison has been active in civic activities including youth soccer and swimming, and charity fund raising. He has run 4 marathons, numerous triathlons, and has a renewed interest in biking since hip surgery eliminated running from his routine. He is an active pilot and FAA Certified Flight Instructor. He is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Support Volunteer for the Warren County-Glens Falls airport and serves on the Glens Falls Rotary Club Board of Directors. He is also involved in several ministries at Our Lady of the Annunciation parish and serves on the Queensbury Zoning Board of Appeals.