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2017 Inductee Col. James A. Fraley, Jr., Class of 1968

Colonel James A. Fraley, Jr.
Class of 1968
Military Accomplishments

When he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Col. Fraley personally requested Army GeneralH. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. to preside at the promotion ceremony.

• Col. Fraley was born on January 22, 1951, in Bethlehem, PA.
• He graduated from Hellertown High School in 1968.
• Col. Fraley received an AA degree (Cum Laude) from Valley Forge Military Junior College       in 1970.
• In 1972, he received a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of 
• A Regular Army commission was received through the Army ROTC program in 1972. He 
   was detailed Infantry and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Training Course, Fort
   Benning, GA, in December, 1972. His first assignment was as a Training Officer with the
   3rd   BCT BDE, Fort Ord, CA. Upon completion of his detail, Col. Fraley was assigned to
   the Directorate of Industrial Operations, Fort Ord, CA, as Chief, Command Maintenance
   Evaluation Team.
• Upon completion of his service obligation in 1976, Col. Fraley requested assignment to the 
   US Army Reserve.
• An MBA degree in Marketing was received from Golden Gate University in 1976.
• Upon completion of his service obligation in 1976, Col. Fraley requested assignment to the 
   US Army Reserve
• While in the US Army Reserve, Col. Fraley pursued a civilian career with John Wanamaker
   in Philadelphia, PA. While building his civilian career, he volunteered for the Individual
   Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) program.
• From 1980 through 1985, Col. Fraley served in various quartermaster positions and
   completed the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course and the RMY Command and 
   General Staff College (with honor).
• In December,1985, he accepted an AGR assignment as the first full-time Battalion S-4 and
   later Executive Officer with the 157th Support Battalion, 157th Separate Infantry Brigade
   (Mech), Edgemont, PA.
• In June, 1989, he was assigned as Assistant Professor of Military Science and Executive
  Officer with the Suncoast Battalion, Army ROTC, University of South Florida, Tampa.
• In July, 1994, he attended the resident Logistics Executive Development Course, Fort Lee,
  VA, and in January, 1995, he was assigned as the Logistics Staff Officer, Command Logistics
  Review Program, DCSLOG, US Army Reserve Command, Atlanta, GA. In June, 1995, he
  assumed the duty of Chief, Equipment Branch, DCSLOG, USARC. He was responsible for
  nearly all of the Army Reserve’s equipment assets.
• Following his two and one-half year tour, Col. Fraley was selected for one of only ten U.S.
​  Army Reserve Resident Chairs at the US Army War College, Carlisle, PA. 
• In June, 1998, he was assigned a high-profile position as the Reserve Forces Advisor, J-4,
  Logistics Directorate, The Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, DC.
• On September 11, 2001, Col. Fraley witnessed the attack upon the Pentagon. He and his 
   team prepared a Reserve Forces partial mobilization plan for President G. W. Bush’s
• Col. Fraley’s military awards include: The Meritorious Service Medal w/2 Oak Leaf
   Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal w/1 OLC, the Army Commendation
   Medal, the National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star, the Army Reserve Components
   Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/Hour Glass device, the Joint
   Meritorious Unit Award, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
• Upon his retirement on August 31, 2002, he was honorably discharged from Active Duty
   and awarded The Legion of Merit.
• Col. Fraley is married to the former Barbara Ann Schaffer, RN, of Knoxville, TN. They
   maintain their home in Bradenton, FL, where he manages their private horse farm.