KATHRYN FROST, R.I.P.

Sad news from former Congressman Martin Frost:

I want to make sure you know that my beloved wife Kathy Frost passed away this afternoon. We are blessed to have so many wonderful friends and will be forever grateful for your support and prayers.

Kathy was a major general in the U.S. Army. and, at one point, commanding general of the huge military exchange service here. A full bio follows.

Kathryn George Frost

1948 – 2006

Major General (ret.) Kathryn George Frost, 57, of Latta, S.C., died
August 18, 2006 following a four year battle with breast cancer. At
the time of her retirement in April of 2005, Frost was the senior
woman on active duty in the U.S. Army.

A native of Dillon County, S.C., Frost grew up in Latta where she was
valedictorian of her Latta High School class in 1967. She was a Phi
Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina in1970 and
later earned a Masters in Counseling degree from Wayne State
University in Michigan while on active duty in the Army.

Frost entered the Army with a direct commission in 1974 and served
with great distinction for the next 31 years. Her final assignment
was as Commander of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES),
an $8 billion retail entity with 48,000 employees worldwide. As
Commander of AAFES, she was responsible for establishing post
exchanges (PX’s) and base exchanges (BX’s) in both Afghanistan and
Iraq. Under her leadership, AAFES received a special award from the
National Retail Federation for its work in these two war zones.

Prior to serving as commander of AAFES, Frost served four years as the
Adjutant General of the Army and as Commander of the Eastern Sector of
the Military Entrance Processing Command. Her other assignments
included two tours in Berlin, Germany, work on the staff of Gen. Colin
Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and
assignment as a White House Social Aide during the Reagan and first
Bush presidencies.

Frost excelled at everything she attempted. She was first in her WAC
(Women’s Army Corps) basic course and first in her WAC advanced
training course. The WACs were merged into the regular Army a year
after Frost entered active duty. She was recognized as “South Carolina
Woman of Distinction” at the 2005 Miss South Carolina Pageant, a proud
moment for Frost who had been runner-up for “Miss Latta” as a
teenager.

She met her husband, former U.S. Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX), when
she was assigned to his district in 1996 as Deputy Commander of AAFES,
which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. They were married in August
of 1998 in the prayer room of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington,
DC., in a ceremony presided over by the Chaplain of the U.S. House of
Representatives.

Frost and her husband moved back to Latta earlier this summer when
they purchased the house where she grew up. She was a member of the
Latta United Methodist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Gerry George and the late Dorothy Jean George.

Frost is survived by her husband, Martin, her sister Gwen Strickland,
her brother-in-law Frank Strickland, and her nephew, George
Strickland, all of Marion, three step-daughters, Alanna Bach of El
Paso, Texas, Mariel Sala of Fort Worth, Texas, and Camille Frost of
Santa Fe, New Mexico and three step-granddaughters, Helaine, Simona
and Esther Bach all of El Paso and numerous cousins.

Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery following a memorial
service at the Latta United Methodist Church. The family requests
that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to
the Latta United Methodist Church or Latta High School.

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