Frank is a graduate of West Point, Class of 1980. He completed the Military Intelligence Basic Course at Fort Huachuca and then went to Flight School at Fort Rucker. Frank was stationed with the 3rd Armor Division in West Germany at Fliegerhorst Airfield from December 1981 to January 1985. He flew Hueys and Black Hawks and was next assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, CA. He got the hell out of the Army in August 1986.
Frank’s oldest son, Hans, despite Frank’s advice, enlisted in the Army in 2009. Hans became a tanker at Fort Knox. He was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. His unit was deployed to Iraq in July 2011. Hans is a combat vet. Hans was wounded in Iraq and killed people there. He came home damaged.
Frank worked for 28 years as a supervisor at a trucking company. He had his right leg crushed in a work-related forklift accident in 2009. Frank participated in a 165-mile-long peace walk from downtown Chicago to Battle Creek, MI, in the summer of 2014. He got busted for civil disobedience at a demonstration in front of Creech AFB in Nevada in March 2017. In February 2018, Frank joined members of the American Indian Movement in their once-in-a-decade Longest Walk. He went with them to eight different reservations and did everything the Native Americans did for several months. Frank spent several years teaching a citizenship class to Latinos at Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee, WI.
Frank counts among his friends the following: a couple of Japanese Buddhist monks, two Orthodox Jewish rabbis, a family of Syrian refugees, several Texas rednecks, numerous gun enthusiasts, students of Zen, members of the Catholic Worker community, a blues guitarist, a few people who have done prison time (one is a Black man who did 16 years for shooting at a cop), Native Americans who got teargassed at the Standing Rock protests, Ironworkers, university math professors, a Carmelite lay person, homeless people, truck drivers, and recovering addicts.