The lessons Bob Adler learned in the military continue to help him succeed as a local business owner

Proud to be a Veteran 

The lessons Bob Adler learned in the military continue to help him succeed as a local business owner.

By Ellie Clark

In 1983, Bob Adler was 19 years old. With no money, no job, and nowhere to live, Bob decided to enlist in the United States Air Force.

While in the service, Bob had many important jobs. At training camp, he was taught to be in the field of environmental health. This job included inspecting food for bugs, setting mosquito traps to test for diseases, and keeping the men healthy in general.

After Bob’s original commitment expired, he was asked to re-enlist. He was chosen to be a part of a secret project that he could know nothing about until he agreed to stay. This encouraged Bob to remain in the service for an additional two years.

Bob had many great experiences while he was enlisted. When talking about his time in the service, he says, “I had the privilege of working with the squadron that tested and flew the stealth fighter jet in the early days of its existence. I also had the honor to work with some of the most dedicated patriotic people the country had at the time. Our military is 100 percent voluntary and is filled with brave men and women that put country first.”

While in the service, Bob learned many important lessons. He says, “The values I learned in the military include loyalty, discipline, teamwork, and attention to detail.” This valuable knowledge he took away from the service continues to enhance his life today.

A few years after he left the service, he realized the dream of opening his own restaurant in 2013 with the Tennessee Grill. This dream became a reality all because he went to Costco for laundry detergent. While he was shopping, he passed a display of barbeque smokers and decided to get one. Since he grew up in Tennessee, he had many recipes that he was excited to try. Every weekend his family hosted a barbecue and invited friends and family. This went on for a few years, but the gatherings became too big for them to host at their house. Bob and his wife, Angie, decided to open a restaurant and call it the Tennessee Grill. The lessons that he had learned in the service continue to help him succeed as a business owner.

Bob, Angie, and their four kids––Elias, Natalee, Jessica, and Jordan––moved to Anthem in 2010. Since coming here, they’ve become very involved in the community.

Inspiring advice he would give to future service members: “Serving your country is one of the greatest opportunities you will ever have. There will be good times and bad times, but having the title of veteran is something no one can ever take away from you. Be humble, be proud, be grateful,” he says.


Veterans Heritage Project shines the light on local veterans.

By Emma Suttell

Veterans Heritage Project is a non-profit organization committed to connecting students with veterans. This monthly column is written by students of the Boulder Creek High School/North Valley Regional Library Chapter of VHP, a club of high school students who’re active volunteers and contributors within the Anthem community. Each student is committed to writing, recording, and telling the stories of our nation’s veterans, and many students credit some of their greatest growth in high school to this unique experience. Through what is referred to as first-hand history, students meet with veterans to interview them, then publish their stories in VHP’s publication Since You Asked, which is currently on its 14th edition.

The BCHS/NVRL Chapter is elated to bring you its first VHP column in 85086 Magazine, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to tell the stories of even more veterans. Find out more about VHP at


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