Marvin Fisher, a member of the U.S. Air Force, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981.
During his decorated career, he was sent all over the world. After being sent back to school to earn his master’s degree, he was sent to Europe for three years, where he planned and programmed construction projects there and in the Middle East. From there, he was selected for an intern program at the Pentagon with the joint chiefs of staff in the combat engineering department from 1987-1988. He then went to Shaw Air Force Base, home of the Air Component Commander (General Chuck Horner) for U.S. Central Command (Middle East regions), as the operations chief of a civil engineering squadron. He did deployments into Egypt, Oman, Jordan and other countries prior to Desert Shield/Storm, practicing how the U.S. would support allies in the region under General Norman Schwarzkopf’s command. When the Iraqis invaded Kuwait in August 1990, Mr. Fisher commanded a unit that deployed on day one and went into the United Arab Emirates to build five bare bases. They returned home in April 1991. Mr. Fisher received his first Bronze Star for his role as a commander during that operation. After three years in Italy, he returned to Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Pentagon, promoted to colonel and became the division chief for the Planning and Programming Division for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. Mr. Fisher earned another Bronze Star for his work in providing air support for combat operations in Afghanistan.
Mr. Fisher retired in May 2006 and received a Legion of Merit decoration. He currently serves as the ninety-ninth president of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), a society created in 1920 after World War I, in response to our nation not being able to respond quickly to mobilize its industrial base to support the war efforts.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Fisher!