“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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On February 20, 2009 we took Jeff to the pier at Norfolk Naval Station and said our goodbyes. The air wing was embarking aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower for a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the Command Master Chief of the Air Wing.Saturday June 20th, 2009 the day before Father’s Day, our doorbell rang at 6:00 AM. Although I could see them through the window in the door, my heart couldn’t believe that they were going to tell me what my head said they would. Jeff was gone. While on deployment he had died from a massive heart attack. Our children were 17, 15, and 13 when Jeff died. They had lost their hero.Jeff had written a paper shortly before his last deployment titled “About Me”:“…Being a Command Master Chief is like being a father for the first time over and over again. I will tell you that I enjoy coming to work every day and making a difference in someone's life whether that's giving career advice or making someone smile, I just enjoy being me.”We miss and love Jeff so very much and we will do our best to carry on his legacy of faith, love, courage, decency, and humility. – Amy Garber, Gold Star Spouse of Jeff Garber