Fehrenbach's experience as an instructor-level weapons systems officer included time in both the F-15E Strike Eagle and the EF-111 Raven. Missions took him over Baghdad during the 2003 invasion, above Afghanistan in 2002 and into the Balkans for Operation Allied Force in 1999. He has 2,180 flying hours, nine Air Medals — one for heroism — and five Air Force Commendation Medals.
At the time he was outed, Fehrenbach served as the deputy director of operations for the 366th Operations Support Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. He was getting ready to deploy again overseas.
The investigation, though, grounded Fehrenbach and continued until September, when the Air Force formally charged him with damaging its good order and discipline.