Atwater High School Alumni

Atwater, California (CA)

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Military High School Alumni

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This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

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Honored Military Alumni

Aaron Beard
Aaron Beard
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 4 Years

NCO of the Marine Corps
Alan L. Wise
Alan L. Wise
Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years

Entered the USAF in July 1975 and retired July 2005. Served five years in the administrative career field before retraining into the legal services (paralegal) career field. Rose through the enlisted ranks to the grade of Chief Master Sergeant. Assignments included Chanute AFB, IL, Clark AB, Republic of the Phillippines, Tinker AFB, OK, RAF Lakenheath, UK, RAF Mildenhall, UK, Wurtsmith AFB, MI, Randolph AFB, TX, Nellis AFB, NV, Hickam AFB, HI, and Bolling AFB, DC. Final assignment was as the Command Paralegal Manager for the Air Force Legal Services Agency.
Alvaro Maldonado
Alvaro Maldonado
Class of 2000
Army, 9 Years

Served 9 years in the US Army with 2 tours to Iraq
Amanda Williams
Amanda Williams
Class of 1993
Air Force, 4 Years

Security Forces
Brenda G Sullivan
Brenda G Sullivan
Class of 1999
Air Force, 7 Years

Served 7 yrs active duty service
Christina Coy
Christina Coy
Class of 1978
Air Force, 20+ Years

Medical Lab Tech, Member AF Bowling Team
Christopher (Chris) Collins
Christopher (Chris) Collins
Class of 1970
Coast Guard, 21 Years

April 1971 - Boot Camp, Alameda, CA - Assigned to CGC Balsam, Adak, AK - Aviation Electricians Mate School, NAS JAX, FL - Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Elizabeth City, NC - CGAS Port Angeles, WA - Recruiter Duty, Eureka, CA - CGAS Sacramento (McClellan AFB), CA - CGAS Washington DC - Retired Chief Petty Officer 90 Days later I was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Aviation Safety Inspector, Maintenance. Hired on at Cincinnati Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), - Assignments that followed - Brussels International Field Office, Southern FAA Regional Office, Atlanta, GA - Supervisory Aviation Safety Inspector overseeing Delta Airlines, Atlanta, GA - Manager Honolulu FSDO,HI - Deputy Flight Standards Division Manager, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, TX - Foreign Affairs Specialist, Beijing, China,- Manager International Field Office, Los Angeles, CA, - Manager FAA International Field Office Fort Worth, TX - Dec 2019 Retired/Retired.
Craig Tyson
Craig Tyson
Class of 1984
Navy, 20+ Years

Still on active duty. Deployed to Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Multiple Med and SW Asia Deployments. started out enlisted and obtained commission in 2000; currently LCDR.
Cynthia J Machado
Cynthia J Machado
Class of 2003
Army, 6 Years

Cynthia joined right after high school and was medically discharged
Dan Reddy Jalos
Dan Reddy Jalos
Class of 1998
Air Force, 9 Years

Entered the USAF in 1998 and still currently serving on active duty as an Air Force Technical Sergeant in the Communications & Computer Operations career field. Assignments included Mountain Home AFB, ID, Tinker AFB, OK, and upcoming assignment to Travis AFB, CA. Woohoo! Served overseas doing counterdrug operations in Manta AB, Ecuador in South America, 3 tours in the Middle East at Bagram AB, Afghanistan and twice at Al Udeid AB, Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
DAVID EDWARDS
DAVID EDWARDS
Class of 1962
Air Force, 4 Years

Travis AFB mid 65 to mid 68, then Naha AB Okinawa mid 68 to mid 69. Mechanic on C133B's
David Stanley
David Stanley
Class of 1960
Navy, 6 Years

Two tours Southeast Asia, Served aboard USS Midway, now permanently docked in San Diego.
David Williams
David Williams
Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years

Was a combat engineering officer, Green Beret, paratrooper
David Williams
David Williams
Class of 1968
Army, 4 Years

Infantry platoon officer, attached to 7 th Special Forces Group (Green Berets), paratrooper, combat engineer, Fort Jackson, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg.
Davonna (Stoner) Armijo
Davonna (Stoner) Armijo
Class of 1992
Army, 12 Years

Gulf War to OIF II & lots in between...
Dennis Hicklin
Dennis Hicklin
Class of 1971
Army, 3 Years

My draft number was #46, and I opted to do the extra year in the Army, rather than risk getting drafted and potentially sent to Viet Nam ! After basic training at Fort Ord in Monterey California, next stop was the Army medical training center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas, I was a Dental laboratory Technician, and eventually went on to be an oral surgery technician / assistant, at Fort Sill in Lawton Oklahoma. No regrets about all of that experience in the military, it kept me from being shipped overseas. Those of us in the Army medical corps, had it pretty cushy. Honorable discharge and was a Spec 4.
Don "Deej" Finger
Don "Deej" Finger
Class of 1984
Navy, 20+ Years

Submariner: USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), USS Omaha (SSN-692), USS Annapolis (SSN-760), NSTCP, Naval Submarine School (Instructor)
Donnie Ellis
Donnie Ellis
Class of 1992
Army, 6 Years

Served in Special Operations on Multiple Rotations to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has served since 2002.
Etta Thompson
Etta Thompson
Class of 1979
Air Force, 5 Years

Law Enforcement Specialist
Fred Yentz
Fred Yentz
Class of 1962
Air Force, 4 Years

After completing Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX in 1965, PCS'd to Vandenberg AFB, CA as a Medical Lab Specialist at the base hospital. Honorably discharged January 1969, having obtained an MT national license.
Gary Conder
Gary Conder
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

Last assignment was with AFSOUTH in Naples, IT
Gary Conder
Gary Conder
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20 Years

1974-1994 USAF Lt Col
1994-1998 Dept Army Civilian
Gerald Lightfoot  (Gerry)
Gerald Lightfoot (Gerry)
Class of 1978
Navy, 20+ Years

Submariner, serving of FBM submarines, (Boomer's) Retired 1998. Currently working at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
Greg Eastom
Greg Eastom
Class of 1982
Navy, 6 Years

Served as a Hospital Corpsman at Naval Hospital Orlando Fla, FMF Corpsman with the USMC at 2/1 Camp Pendleton Ca, and as ships company Corpsman on the USS Fort Fisher LSD 40.
Greg Kayser
Greg Kayser
Class of 1978
Navy, 35 Years

Aircraft Maintenance Officer
Harold Ballenger
Harold Ballenger
Class of 1960
Navy, 8 Years

Boot Camp '61
Jack Allen
Jack Allen
Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years

In the Army from 1970-1973, at Fort Lewis Washington. Worked at Madigan Hospital in the Cardiology section. Retired now fron the Veterand Hospital after 33yrs and live in Madera Ranchos, Ca.
James Gray
James Gray
Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years

B-52 tail gunner/ACFT Mech/Logistics Manager. Deployed to 5 continents/AF Logistics Manager of the Year
James Rinehart
James Rinehart
Class of 1978
Marine Corps, 10 Years

USMC 1981-1992. 3rd Mar Div Okinawa, 1st Mar Div Camp Pendleton, MCRD San Diego Drill Instructor. Currently serving San Diego Sheriff's Department 21 years
JEAN "John" LAMBERT
JEAN "John" LAMBERT
Class of 1970
Navy, 20+ Years

I was stationed in the following places,
Guam, Shore duty
Hawaii, USS RECLAIMER ARS 42
GREECE, USS VREELAND
WASHINGTON STATE, BREMERTON SHORE DUTY
SAN DIEGO, USS JASON AR 8
SAN DIEGO, USS SPERRY
SAN DIEGO, USS OLDENDORF DD 972
SASEBO JAPAN USS ST LOUIS LKA 116
BREMERTON WA, SHIPYARD (RETIRED WITH 20+ YEARS.
LOVED JAPAN OF ALL THE PLACES BEING STATIONED.
DID GET TO SEE A GOOD PART THE WORLD WITH THE NAVY.
Jeff Franklin
Jeff Franklin
Class of 1981
Air Force, 19 Years

instructor pilot - KC-135, KC-10, T-37, C-21
Jeffrey D Brwon
Jeffrey D Brwon
Class of 1976
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor, Hi
jeffrey wallace
jeffrey wallace
Class of 1965
Air Force, 7 Years

Basic-Amarillo AFB 1967, Tech School -Sheppard AFB 1967, Hickam AFB 1967-1970, Pope AFB 1970-1971, Phu Bai/Danang AFB RVN 1971-1972, Seymour Johnson AFB 1972-1974, AFSC-60571 Air Transportation Supervisor, E-6
Jennifer Davidson Morris
Jennifer Davidson Morris
Class of 1976
Navy, 18 Years

Hospital Corpsman E6
Jennifer Lagnese
Jennifer Lagnese
Class of 2000
Marine Corps, 7 Years

Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003
Jennifer Martinez (Van Inwegen)
Jennifer Martinez (Van Inwegen)
Class of 1995
Air Force, 6 Years

Worked in Financial Management field, stationed at Hanscom AFB, MA from 1995-1996. Stationed at DFAS San Bernardino, CA from 1996-2001.
Jerry tubbs
Jerry tubbs
Class of 2002
National Guard, 4 Years

Deploing may 2012
Kaden Ladd
Kaden Ladd
Class of 2002
Army, 15 Years

Joined in 2003 Deployed twice once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.
Ken Billheimer
Ken Billheimer
Class of 1970
Army, 10 Years

U.S Army active duty and reserve. Stationed Fort Polk, Louisiana and Tacoma, WA at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Lee "Bubba" Smith
Lee "Bubba" Smith
Class of 1989
Navy, 6 Years

RTC Orlando
NAS Mirimar
NAS Atlanta
VF-51 Screaming Eagles (F-14 Tomcats)
USS Carl Vinson
USS Ranger
USS Nimitz
USS Kittyhawk

Gulf War round 1 and 1.5
Somalia

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Class of '99

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Our Atwater High School military alumni are some of the most outstanding people we know and this page recognizes them and everything they have done! Not everyone gets to come home for the holidays and we want our Atwater High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Atwater are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!