Fisher joined the Army in 2003 and the following year she deployed to Iraq as a communications specialist. In 2009, Fisher deployed to Iraq, again, this time as a UH-60 crew chief with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion. During that tour, she was awarded the Air Medal for exceptional meritorious service.
Fisher, now 33, opened Backward Flag, which refers to the position of the American flag patch on a soldier’s right shoulder, in 2014. She had her own issues transitioning back to civilian life and started the company with no previous business or professional brewery experience.
One of a Blackhawk crew chief’s main jobs overseas is door gunner, something Fisher points out has no obvious equivalent in the civilian workforce. “They don’t need door gunners [in the corporate world],” she says.