This year, everyone should stay safe, remain hopeful, dwell on the positive, and remember our mission, to secure the future of our children. The goal for the year is to have fun while supporting our cause.
Tracy Coughlin is from a small town in Southern Illinois and a 1979 graduate of Freeburg Community High School. In 1981, he married Janet Keim, a life-long friend, and together had two sons, Adam (Lindsay) and Tyler (Julie), both living in the St. Louis area. Tracy and Janet have been blessed with two grandsons, with a third on the way.
From high school, Tracy went to work as a draftsman in a steel manufacturing plant until 1984, when he enlisted in the US Air Force as a Security Policeman. His assignments included Malmstrom AFB, MT and Bitburg AB, Germany where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant/ E-5. Tracy deployed to Incirlik AB, Turkey, in support of Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield in 1991 as the senior flight security controller (desk sergeant).
After his discharge, he obtained his Associate of Science in Mathematics from Southwestern Illinois College and his Bachelor of Science/Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He currently working on his Master of Science in Engineering Management through Arkansas State University. He received his professional engineer license in 2001.
Working as a senior program manager for an engineering firm, he had the opportunity to transfer to Orlando, FL and support a growing office. In 2011/12, he became a contractor for a civil engineering firm and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving in Bagram and Kandahar as the site lead. Later, he returned to work for the US Air Force as a civil engineer and currently serves at Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL, as a government civilian manager overseeing transportation assets for two major commands.
Tracy was raised a Master Mason in 2003 in Freeburg Lodge #418 and went on to became a member of Ainad Shrine, E. St. Louis, IL the same year, joining the Legion of Honor. He was on the unit officer line and was Jim Pulley’s Chief of Staff for both the IALOH and Great Lakes Shrine association until his transfer to Orlando in 2008.
Once in Orlando, he became a member of Bahia Shrine Temple and their Legion of Honor, becoming Commander in 2013. Later that year, he became IALOH Chief of Staff for Ted Henderson, PIC. In 2015, Tracy was elected as IALOH 7th Lt Commander and has now advanced to Commander.