Growing up in Fox River Grove, Andrew attended Algonquin Road Elementary and Orchard Street Middle schools before heading off to Cary-Grove High School. This gave him a love for fishing the beautiful river and ponds around the village. His love of the outdoors was also enriched by being an active Boy Scout in Troop 160. He enjoyed playing soccer from an early age and was part of the championship team at Orchard Street Middle School in 1985.
Upon graduating high school, he quickly started his honorable 20 year military career by leaving the next day for basic training at Naval Station San Diego, Recruit Training Command. Once he completed boot camp, he reported to Naval Air Station Millington, Tennessee for basic avionics. While there, he attended Advanced First Term Avionics (AFTA) training. After completing AFTA, Andrew was sent back to California. This time he would be sent to Naval Air Station Miramar, where he trained on the venerable F-14A Tomcat. He completed training in November, joined the World Famous “Diamondbacks” of Fighter Squadron 102 before they were assigned to the USS America (CV-66). While with the “Diamondbacks,” Petty Officer Gasser was trained as a Flight Line Troubleshooter, a Collateral Duty Inspector, and a Quality Assurance Representative. Soon he would be given another opportunity to volunteer. This time it would be for the revered brown vest where he oversaw “The Line Shack”.
Andrew made three “Med cruises” before being awarded a highly coveted instructor billet at Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment Oceana. Andrew was given the responsibility of training new sailors on the “ins and outs” of F-14 avionics. He also became a Course Curriculum Model Manager for the Advanced Corrosion Control Course with classrooms in seven locations around the world. It was during this time that Andrew completed his undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University, in Criminology.
This gave Andrew the desire to pursue a more demanding leadership role within the military, which included the opportunity to fly.
Andrew went to Montgomery, Alabama and attended Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Maxwell, Alabama. Upon completion of OCS, he was commissioned a 2nd Leutenant in the United States Air Force. Assigned to the 325th Air Control Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City Florida, he entered Air Battle Manager (ABM) training. His first day while awaiting training was September 11th, 2001. Training was delayed six months while the country recovered. After he completed ABM training, Andrew was sent to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
At Tinker, Andrew was assigned to the 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron and flew on the E-3B/C Sentry, better known as AWACS. Andrew flew missions over North America in support of Homeland Security. When Andrew was not flying, he worked as a Standardization and Evaluation Liaison officer. As time finished up at Tinker, Andrew realized he would once again be an instructor. He was sent back to where he attended initial ABM training at Tyndall Air Force Base. During his time at Tyndall, Andrew deployed to Afghanistan in the nations war on terror. He also served as Chief of Training Development and was instrumental in bringing a new syllabus online that awarded wings to all new Air Battle Managers.