Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Frank Bland graduated from Huguenot High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Virginia State University.

Frank is the son of a Pearl Harbor survivor who served in the US Navy during World War II, which involved seventeen combat engagements. His mother was a loving Virginia State College graduate (1950) and a dedicated educator in the Richmond [Virginia] Public Schools until her retirement; his father worked for the US Postal Service until retirement

Frank was a former contracting officer and compliance officer with the Smithsonian Institution after serving as a contracting officer for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) under the Department of Defense. Frank served in the US Army as a 19-Delta Cavalry Scout and later as a combat engineer officer, ranging in rank from private to captain. He is also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI); Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Virginia State University Alumni Association, Richmond Metro Chapter; and the American Red Cross.

Frank’s devotion to God continues in his study of the Bible, a habit ingrained in him by his parents and extended family. He is active in the church and serves the community in several ways.

When his father, George F. Bland, started sharing memories and experiences with his son, they flowed like water and inspired Frank to put pen to paper. For the sake of future generations, Frank shares his father’s story to preserve important historical information about the contributions of the Greatest Generation during World War II, leaving a legacy for the times ahead.

Frank says, “Change is inevitable in the dimension of time. Always remain surprisable. We can never predict when God will do something remarkable in our lives. Grab it! Trust Him!”