Drew retired from the State of Alaska as a Deputy Commissioner within the Department of military and Veterans affairs. Following the attacks of September 11, He was asked by the Governor of Alaska to advise him on the strategies that should be used to protect the oil infrastructure in Alaska. He served as Alaska’s first Director of Homeland Security.Drew joined the US Army in 1962 at the age of seventeen. He was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division where he was deployed to the Dominican Republic for his first combat tour. He remained with the 82d until he met the age requirements for the US Army Special Forces. Following graduation from the operations & intelligence course, he attended Spanish language and High Altitude training courses before being deployed to the Republic of Vietnam; where he was assigned to a highly classified project with the mission of eliminating enemy infrastructure. Assigned to the CIA, as a lone American, he led multi ethnic mercenaries on missions throughout the region. This counter terror unit, was the beginning of what was to become the “Phoenix” project. After receiving a direct commission, Drew was assigned back to Vietnam as a Company Commander of A co, 2/502,101st Airborne Division. In addition to the 82d, and the 101st, Drew was assigned to the 5th & 6th Special Forces Groups, Aide to the CG of the JFK Special Warfare Center, aide to the CG XVIII Airborne Corps, the Joint Special operations Support element (JSOSE) at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL, and the 4th BN, 9th INF at Ft Wainwright, Alaska.
As a Special Forces Sergeant, during his first tour detailed to the CIA, he was awarded the Medal of Honor and became the first enlisted man in the US Army Special Forces to receive the Medal of Honor.
This early beginning in special operations paved the way for Drew to work in numerous anti- terrorist assignments following his twenty years of service in the US Army. While living in Alaska he worked on a classified contract from 1985 to 1995, with the mission to establish Ice Stations on the Arctic Ocean to track Soviet Submarines. He also served in the Middle East and Central America.
While in Alaska, he owned and operated an air service and flew throughout the northern regions of the state.
He is the C0-Founder of the “Center for American Values” in Pueblo, Colorado where he serves as the Board Chairman. He continues to be very active with the military, speaking to those deploying and/or returning from deployment and is heavily engaged with TriWest Healthcare Alliance in projects for the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration on matters pertaining to Post Traumatic stress (PTS) & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
He now lives with his wife on a ranch in New Mexico with their four horses.