At the time, he wrote the history of TISS, Frank A. Blazich, Jr. had just received his Masters in History from North Carolina State University. His research focused on the North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and its activities during the Kennedy Administration. His thesis, “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and Fallout Shelters, 1961-1963,” received the Nancy G. Pollock Thesis Award as the top Masters thesis at North Carolina State University for the 2008-2009 academic year. A chapter of this thesis has been published by the North Carolina Historical Review, entitled “Accelerated Action: The North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and the Cuban Missile Crisis, October – December 1962.” He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. His thesis titled “Part of Us: The Relationship between Hoffman, North Carolina and Camp Mackall, North Carolina from September 1942 to September 1945,” won the George C. Marshall Research Library and Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Paper Award in 2004. Blazich served in the US Air Force from 2004 to 2006. He has since obtained his doctorate from Ohio State University.