Gregory Andrew Drake

Born on 08/11/1955

Departed on 02/05/2013

Resided in Stafford, VA

Gregory Andrew Drake, 57, of Stafford County, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

Mr. Drake had retired as a  sergeant major in the U.S. Army.  He had recently been employed as the deputy of plans and operations, human resources policy directorate at the Office of the Chief of Staff, G-1. He was a member of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, the Smithsonian and H.O.G.

Survivors include his son, Eric Drake and wife Carola; daughters Anna Drake and Stephanie Kluttz and husband Barrett; grandchildren Olivia, Dylan, Hayden and Alexa Kluttz, Marvin and Amy Drake and Leilani Drake; brothers Alex, Steve and Adrian Drake; and sister Tamara Drake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Irene Drake.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford.

A funeral service will be held at noon, Thursday, February 14 at the funeral home chapel.  Burial will follow in Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to woundedwarriorproject.org; or standup2cancer.org.

46 thoughts on Gregory Andrew Drake

  1. LTC Charles D. Rimel on said:

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a wonderful treasure to always hold in your heart. Greg we will miss you forever. May God bless you mighty warrior and may you play football with the Green Bay Packers in heaven.

  2. Chaplain Terrence Walsh on said:

    I only had a chance to work with Greg for a few weeks, but I found him to be full of life, cooperative, cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful, and a true professional. I am sorry I could not have worked with him longer. I commend Greg into God’s merciful hands, and I pray God’s every blessing and comfort upon the family and all who will miss Greg so deeply.

  3. William Hoffer on said:

    A very good person who will be missed! A heart of gold who cared for others. A true friend and comrade. Served many years together in the Army and rode many miles on our Harleys in Pennsylvania. Best wishes and our prayers to Greg’s family and his many friends! Dude rest in peace my friend you will never be forgotten!!

  4. Mike Armstead on said:

    Greg,
    Thanks for the support you gave me when I was a battalion CSM on Ft Belvoir. You always provided outstanding advice. Rest in Peace and I will see you over the top.

  5. Ingrid Taylor on said:

    Natures first green is gold
    Her hardest hue to hold
    Her early leafs a flower,
    But only so an hour
    Then leaf subsides to leaf
    So eden sank to grief
    So dawn goes down to day
    Nothing gold can stay.

    See you on the other side. Maybe you can take me on another ride.

  6. Edward Garner on said:

    Was shocked to hear. While we weren’t close by any stretch of the imagination, thank you for the mentorship, guidance and support that you gave when we worked together in Germany. Rest in Peace Brother.

  7. Wayne on said:

    SGM: Rest In Peace. It was an honor working at HRC with you.

  8. Tom and Laura Feeney on said:

    We will remember you always.

  9. Michelle on said:

    A pleasant smile and a willingness to help everyone out. Greg was a true people person and will be sorely missed especially during “Packers season”. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will miss you.

  10. Steven Davis on said:

    Greg will surely be missed in the Adjutant General Community. In the 15 plus years I knew and worked with him, he alway did what was right for the Soldier and the Army. Always enjoyed your comments on Facebook as well after you retired. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  11. Sammy Payne on said:

    I remember Greg as a true professional in every since of the word. I could always count on him to provide mentorship, guidance or just that needed shoulder to help me combat a difficult situation. I will keep with me Greg’s infectious demeanor and love of the Packers and riding of Harleys. My sincerest condolence and prayers are with each of his family members and friends.
    GOD Bless you Greg, you will surely be missed.

  12. Donnie Webb on said:

    May the Lord bless, keep, and strengthen your family during this time of grief and sorrow.

  13. Vickie Phillips on said:

    My sincere condolences are being sent to SGM(R) Drake’s family. He will be truly missed. I know he now up in heaven riding his Harley with the angelic motorcyle club. Forever RIP.

  14. Gregory Jaskolka on said:

    A great friend, a wonderful Stafford neighbor, and an outstanding fellow Soldier. You will be missed Greg. While we did not see one another much after our retirements from service, we caught up everytime our paths crossed in the Pentagon or at a local store. Your annual Christmas letters were always a joy to read with your personal adventures and an update of your children’s accomplishments and of course your grandchildren–you were so very proud of them. I would be remiss not to mention your love of your cats. May you Rest in Peace and always remain in our hearts.

  15. SGM(R) James Miller on said:

    It was a pleasure serving with Greg during my active duty years. A wonderful sense of humor and a great smile is what I remember most. You will be missed dear friend. Jim

  16. Carolyn Braddy on said:

    SGM Drake use to be my SGM in AG Branch in HRC. The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May memories comfort your family and bring your family peace. ◦My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. toni on said:

    To Greg’s Family — Greg was a great guy. Always had a smile and something to say, usually about the Packers! To Greg, the glass was ALWAYS “hall-full” He was upbeat and positive about his health challenges. I always looked forward to his visits in the cubicle jungle. His contributions were immeasurable and he made an indelible mark on so many people from all walks of life! He loved his family, the Packers, his Harley and Soldiers. Definitely one of the “good guys” who will be missed, really missed.
    Greg best to you on this new journey as well and thank you for all you did for so many! toni.

  18. Byron Phillips Sr. on said:

    SGM,
    It was a pleasure to serve with you at HRC. You are a great leader and war fighter. Rest In Peace Soldier.

  19. John Weiss on said:

    My condolences to Greg Drake’s Family on his passing. I worked with Greg at the Operations Branch at the Human Resources Command. I always found him to be a great mentor with sage advice and I loved to talk with him about motorcycles and Harley’s. We are all poorer at Greg’s passing. I hope to meet him up in Heaven some day where we both can ride

  20. Darlene Niles on said:

    Got to know that great guy through Bill Hoffer!!! He was the best, had a loving heart, loved his little “4 legged guy’s”. We spoke of them often. Prayed for them also. Had great time at the PIG ROAST, sister & brother in law had. Greg, I hope that they have a hog to you can ride, that was you best love. My heart goes out to family. Here’s you hug, xoxo. Till we meant again!!!

  21. SGM (R) Bob Wagner on said:

    You were a great man Greg. Rest in peace. Your family will be in my prayers during this very difficult time.

  22. Colonel (Ret) Sam W. Floca Jr on said:

    I had the honor of serving with this distinguished soldier and gentleman. I even had occasion to promote him to Sergeant First Class, knowing full well that he would eventually rise to serve our nation as a Sergeant Major. Greg was a complete soldier, a credit to his family and to the corps of Non Commissioned Officers. We last exchanged salutes in the summer of 1986 but have stayed in touch as “Greg and Sam” ever since. He was my friend. I shall miss Greg very much.

  23. Yong Schaller on said:

    I did not know Greg very well as he was outprocessing from HRC when I arrived. The times that I did speak with him were always pleasant and helpful. Greg was my savior from my two year Fort Drum assignment by pcsing me back to Korea–I could never thank him enough. Thanks again Greg. You always took care of us Soldiers because that’s the kind gentleman you were. God Bless you!

  24. Dyna Amey on said:

    My prayers goes out to the Drake family. God Bless you all.

  25. Scott Donnelly on said:

    It was my distinct honor working with Greg at HRC. He was a soldier’s soldier and was always there for those of us that worked with him in the AG Branch. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Sergeant Major and my sincere condolences to the family.

  26. Steve Payne, LTC (R) on said:

    My condolences to the Drake family, I am sorry for your loss. I was a brand new 2LT when I served with Greg at Herzo Base, Germany. He was such a strong NCO, intelligent, full of energy, very high standards, a power in our battalion—a great example for us new Lieutenants.

  27. Julie Friske on said:

    I lost a very good friend on Tuesday. He had planed on a visit from his kids at Easter. But Now he is gone to heaven. I will miss him dearly. My friend Greg, As I looked to see if things have improved I found that God has taken him home. The tears that sting my eyes are for the future that He will not be with you of friends and those that he helped through the worst times in there Live’s Like me, I wanted to see him one more time and Tell him in person how Important he was to me and what a positive influence he had made on me since 1974 even in the times we lost touch The words of guidance rang in my head and I would say ” okay got ya G your right thanks where ever you are. This year just before thanks giving I found him on FB. Now He is in heaven. I wish I could met more of his family But Know that even some people have a side we never knew and people we never know of . God Bless you All !!
    To the Family of My friend Greg, As I looked to see if things have improved I found that god has taken him home. The tears that sting my eyes are for the future that He will not be with you of friends and those that he helped through the worst times in there Live’s Like me, I wanted to see him one more time and Tell him in person how Important he was to me and what a positive influence he had made on me since 1974 even in the times we lost touch The words of guidance rang in my head and I would say ” okay got ya G your right thanks where ever you are. This year just before thanks giving I found him on FB. Now He is in heaven. I wish I could met more of his family But Know that even some people have a side we never knew and people we never know of . God Bless you All !!

    Greg”s Loving friend,
    Jewels

  28. SGT Frueh on said:

    I only knew you from herzo base, but have nothing but good memories of that time, and the advice you provided to me when i needed it. Rest In Peace

  29. Cheryl Barron on said:

    To Greg – Boss, I already miss you so much. You were the best boss there ever was who always had my back and defended me to the end. You touched so many lives in HRPD will be sorely missed. So intelligent, with great integrity and a great sense of humor; you taught me when to fight and when to back off. It was a great honor to serve with you Boss; I will never forget you!

    To Greg’s Family – Greg loved you all so much and talked often about his children and grandchildren on a daily basis. He was so looking forward to his daughter and grandaughter from Germany visiting in March/April time-frame this year. He always made me laugh out loud every day and loved his Dilbert! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Sandy Wright on said:

    In Memory of Sergeant Major (Ret) Gregory Andrew Drake. I will always know him for his beautiful smile, his love for life (and Motorcycle), and his willingness to share it. Thank you for all you did for our Army and our Nation. Rest in Peace my friend. To the Drake family- My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most dificult period. So sorry for your loss. Greg, I will miss you my friend, hugs, Sandy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw

  31. COL(Ret) Harry B. Williams on said:

    My sincerest condolences to the Family of SGM(Ret) Greg A. Drake on his passing.

    Greg and I became friends more than 10 years ago during our time together in the US Army Human Resources Command. This friendship flourished as we again shared time together in the Army Well Being Division, Human Resources Policy Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G1. Greg was indeed a very special person who was very smart, kind, caring, and a human encyclopedia when it came to football and the Green Bay Packers. I have never met, nor do I know, of a person who could type as many words per minute as Greg. His command of the key board was as phenomenal as his love for Harley Davison motorcycles and the Green Bay Packers. Whenever he was in the presence of a collective audience, his presence would be noticed or felt by everyone in the room, even if you could not see him.

    Rest in peace my Friend! You will never be forgotten….

  32. MSG(R) Pamela Hernandez (Lewis) on said:

    Almost everyday I would see Greg on the VRE coming form work. We would talk about the good old days in Germany 38th PSB. He would always put a smile on your face. We need the warm affection and encouragment of those about us, God bless the family and friends.

  33. Doug and Maggie Langdon on said:

    To a generous friend, a patient mentor and a dedicated Army soldier. Your absence will be felt every day. Greg was so proud of his children, their accomplishments and their love. He was most excited about his grandchildren and talked about them often. We are very sorry your loss. Our love always.

  34. Lionel & Barbi Ward MSG (R) on said:

    We knew SGM (R) Drake at Herzo Base Germany. He was always a great person. Kind word for everyone. Plus he could get things done. CSM Edmundson and Col Vernon used to have us jumping around doing the impossible. Like having two sets of state flags for a change of command when we were not even authorized one set but we made it happen. Or getting the Col a helicopter knowing the Col didn’t have one. Then you would look out the window and one would be landing and the Col and CSM would be getting on. Our hearts go out to his family.

  35. Gilbert S. Morales, Jr SGM (Ret) on said:

    Greg Drake; a great friend, a great Soldier, a great american, but more importantly; a great human being who would do anything for you. Greg and I served in Germany, attended the Sergeant Major Academy together, served in V Corps, and EPMD. He loved his children, the Army, and the Soldiers in our Corps. We will miss him dearly. Your classmate from class #43 USASMA.

  36. Diane Osborne on said:

    It is my prayer that GOD will hold your family up doing this time of deep sorrow. Greg will be missed.

  37. MSG (Ret) Buddy Horne on said:

    To the family of SGM(Ret) Greg Drake on his passing I send my sincerest condolences.

    Respectively, Buddy Horne

  38. SGM Paulette August-Spicer on said:

    SGM (R) Greg Drake rest in peace! You will truly be missed. May God keep your family strong during this time of deep sorrow. Godspeed my friend!

  39. Don Reichert on said:

    I knew Greg Drake both professionally and as a riding buddy in our local Harley Owners Group Chapter at Quantico. The man was the same in both settings. At work the constant professional who always strove to do things better than he did before. On the road he was our Safety Advisor and made sure we were always practicing motorcycle safety from a short trip to Fredericksburg to a long distance run to another state.
    While I moved to Kentucky, Greg always kept me informed about local chapter events from the New Years Day ride (You can ride everyday in a year if you don’t ride on the FIRST day of the year) to weekend events. And his unique way of keeping track of his three Harleys… 1Potato, 2Potato, 3Potato license plates (Potato being the sound you hear from the exhaust.. Potato Potato Potato…. ) Greg knew his Harleys better than anyone I have ever met.
    We will be riding on Heaven’s Highway on the other side. Yes my friend, you will be missed but never forgotten.

  40. MAJ Trina Rice on said:

    Mr. Drake provided me the opportunity to keep my verbal judo at the top of its game!! The Gruff Guardian of HRPD is and will be missed. You truly knew how to leave a lasting impression.

  41. MAJ C. Victor Herbin III on said:

    Greg,
    Your earthly presence and energy is missed daily. However, the memories, laughter and experiences shared reside in our spirit. May the Lord keep your family comforted during this difficult time.

  42. SGM (R) Gabriella Russum on said:

    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal…Rest in peace Good and Faithful Soldier. You’ve served well-your reward awaits you.

  43. COL (R) Eddie A. Stephens, Jr. on said:

    I will always remember Greg Drake as the ultimate professional. He provided the example of what we would like to see in ourselves. Intelligent, loyal, integrity above reproach and always thinking of others. During my time in HRPD, he was always a bright light in the toughest times.
    To the Family, I offer my sincere condolences. Turn your sorrow into joy because you can know that Greg made a difference on his life journey. May all His Blessings be upon you.

  44. COL(R) Dennis W. DIngle on said:

    To Greg’s Family, please know that we keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as we, together, remember and celebrate Greg’s life and mourn his loss. I will always remember, fondly, our time spent together as members of the Army G1; especially our daily review of the “wisdom of Dilbert” and the occasional comparison of Jerry Garcia ties. Rest assured that this Soldier and Civilian servant of our Nation will not be soon forgotten.

  45. SGM(R) Keith Rowles on said:

    Rest in peace Bro Greg…to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! See you soon Bro Greg!

  46. spc kenneth oleary on said:

    Thank you to sergeant drake and family. I had the pleasure of serving hhb 210th f.a . As a supply specialist am thankful to have csm edmundson and col Vernon as my leaders.

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