Chief Warrant Officer 5 Terry L. Frabott of Edmond, Oklahoma, was born 8 February 1962 in Columbus, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army 16 December 1981, serving mostly with Army Aviation Special Operations units flying classified missions. In 1983 he applied for and was accepted into the Army Aviation Warrant Officer Candidate School. Upon completion, he was assigned to the 210th Aviation Battalion in Panama from 1983 to 1987. Later, he was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) for 23 of his 31 years of service. From 1990 until his retirement, he was in the leading edge of missions required to combat America's war on terror.
Frabott and his fellow aviators in the SOAR Regiment are known as Night Stalkers, recognized for their proficiency in night-time operations. From 1990 to 2013 he was deployed 17 times, including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and many other combat operations.
Frabott received the Silver Star for Gallantry for action 1 May 2011 during combat operations against a highly armed enemy. Deftly maneuvering his aircraft, Frabott penetrated a fully integrated and highly sophisticated air defense network, successfully delivering the ground force to its target. "He flawlessly reacted to multiple contingencies to include the loss of an aircraft and allowed the ground force to complete its extremely high-risk mission," his Silver Star Citation stated. During this combat operation, Frabott displayed "great personal courage, heroism, and a complete disregard for his own personal safety," the citation added.
In retirement, Frabott has made many contributions of time and effort to the Oklahoma communities of Altus and Edmond by mentoring teenagers interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.