Roger Friedrich Weber

Roger Friedrich Weber Roger Friedrich Weber, 53, passed away December 26, 2008, in Carrabelle, Fla. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Christ Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cherry Street, Monticello, (850-997-4116), at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Roseland Cemetery in Monticello, Fla. The family will receive friends today, December 29, 2008, at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Weber was born in Fayetteville, N.C., but as been living in Oviedo, Fla., for the pass eight years. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church. Roger Friedrich Weber provided over 18 years of honorable and exemplary service to the nation as a soldier in the United States Army. Following his commissioning in 1977 and completion of Ranger School in 1978, Roger served as an Infantry Officer with the 82nd "All American" Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, N.C. Roger excelled as an Infantry leader with assignments as an Airborne Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, a Company Executive Officer. In September of 1980, Roger assumed command of a 115 man Headquarters Company with the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. In 1982, CPT Weber was selected to serve as a Professor of Military Science with the ROTC cadre at Georgia Southern College where he helped shape and mentor future junior Army leaders. By the end of 1985 CPT Weber had completed his next phase of training at Ft Knox, Ky., and transitioned to the branch of Quartermaster where he brought his leadership experience as an Infantryman to the Logisticians. His first assignment was with the 8th Infantry Division in Germany serving in the Division's Support Command providing all of the food, fuel and ammunition necessary to keep over 16,000 soldiers prepared for combat operations in Western Europe. By 1989, CPT Weber had been selected for promotion to Major and had completed his tour with the 8th Infantry Division. He made his way back to Ft Bragg, this time as an Operations Officer on the XVIII Airborne Corps Staff where he excelled and was promoted to Major on 1 June 1989. In August of 1990, Roger answered the Nation's call and deployed with the XVIII ABN Corps advance party to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Shield as one of the first logistics officers in theater. Later, during Operation Desert Storm, MAJ Weber took command of the Corps Support Command's Assault Command Post providing command and control to an extremely complex and fast moving combat operation in Iraq. For his outstanding performance of duty and leadership, Roger was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Following redeployment, Roger was reassigned to the 2nd "Indianhead" Infantry Division in Korea. Here MAJ Weber served as the Operations Officer for the Division's Support Command providing logistical and supply support to the Division's 18,000 deployed soldiers. Following his one year assignment in Korea, Roger was selected to serve as an advisor to the leaders, staff officers and soldiers of the 240 Army Reserve units stationed in Florida with duty at Patrick Air Force Base, FL. For 2 years Roger used his diverse and extensive experience to coach, teach and mentor the Army Reserve units of Florida before electing to retire in 1995. With an effective retirement date of 31 July 1995, Roger had completed over 18 years of dedicated service to our Nation. Roger's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Order of Saint Maurice - the Patron Saint of Infantry. Following his service to the Nation in uniform, Roger remained committed to the Army serving as a Department of the Army Civilian serving with the Simulation and Instrumentation Command in Orlando, Fla. Here Roger brought his Army experience and leadership to bear with the challenges of developing, fielding and maintaining training devices and simulators that train soldiers under the most challenging conditions to prepare them for any mission. Roger served with distinction within the STRICOM (now called PEO STRI) family and made a lasting impact on all those around him. Mr. Weber is survived by his mother Sarah Weber of Tallahassee; one son Brandon Weber of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one Daughter Christy Bilberry of Turkey, N.C.; two brothers Robert Weber of Monticello, Fla., and Timothy Weber of Tallahassee, Fla.; one sister, Jonnie Wheeler; long time companion, Michelle Franckhauser; and five grandchildren. In was preceded in death by his father, Norbert F. Weber.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 29, 2008