Military Alumni

Military High School Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

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

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Honored Military Alumni

Allen T. Smith
Allen T. Smith
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

Veterinary Food Inspection 1968-1971
Angel Espino
Angel Espino
Class of 2001
Navy, 8 Years

Aviation Ordnance man
Bonnie Martinez
Bonnie Martinez
Class of 1979
Army, 3 Years

91C - Medical Specialist with the 21st Evacuation Hosptial. Stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas.
Carlos Estrada
Carlos Estrada
Class of 2000
Air Force, 6 Years

Air force
Charles L. (Chuck) Gant Jr.
Charles L. (Chuck) Gant Jr.
Class of 1963
Army, 20+ Years

28 years of service as an officer and aviator. Tours of duty: Viet Nam, Korea, Europe, Middle East, and US. Retired in 1997.
David Alvarez
David Alvarez
Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years

USAF Security Police, Security Forces. Entered the USAF in 1986 in Security Police career field. Retired in 2006 from Security Forces. During my time, did several tours in Southwest Asia, Europe, S. Korea and Cuba.
Diego Marquez
Diego Marquez
Class of 1990
Navy, 4 Years

USS Kitty Hawk, Operation Desert Storm. 1900-1994
Donald G Morgan
Donald G Morgan
Class of 1968
Navy, 6 Years

Aviation Structural Mechanic Hydraulics. Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three Seawolves(IHighest decorated unit in Viet Nam)
elibero sandoval
elibero sandoval
Class of 1991
Navy, 18 Years

I am a culinary speciallist(cook) and have the honor to be a submariner all my naval career. I have serve all around in this beautiful country and around the world. At the time being, I am training at Ft. Lewis, WA to do a tour in Iraq. I am very proud to serve my country and I thank you for supporting our troops(soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines), not the war. My heart often aches when i see our guys not coming home, for their families(like mine) ofthen pray for their return. Thank you for your time and I am very proud to be from the best school in the whole world, keep us in your prayers. Sincerely, eli sandoval
eliberto sandoval
eliberto sandoval
Class of 1991
Navy, 18 Years

Active duty since 10 June 1991. I am a culinary artist(cook) and a proud submariner. Currently I am going through training at Ft. Lewis, WA in preparation to spent a tour(one year) in Iraq. I thank you for supporting our troops on the ground in harms way, eventhough we might not agree with the situation, do keep us in your prayers. Above all, I am very proud to call BEL AIR HIGH my school, best in all world.
Ernie Green Murff
Ernie Green Murff
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Viet Nam July 1966 to August 1968 KUH 34 Helicopter crew chief
Frank Thomas
Frank Thomas
Class of 1978
Army, 14 Years

US Army Signal Corps Officer. Stations include Fort Gordon, GA; Kitzingen, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Camp Roberts, CA and Dallas TX
Gemma Looez
Gemma Looez
Class of 1995
Army, 14 Years

Have been stationed in Ft. Huachuca, Ft. Drum, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Hood Ft. Sill and South Korea. Been deployed to Iraq and had the privilege of being a Drill Sergeant!
Hilario "Larry" rubalcaba
Hilario "Larry" rubalcaba
Class of 1966
Army, 10 Years

Was in the US Army Security Agency Stationed in Berlin for 3 years.
Was in Air Defense Artillery Stationed in Grafenwoehr Germany for 3 years. The other 4 years were in military training, and schools in the states.
Jake Ortiz
Jake Ortiz
Class of 2001
Army, 6 Years

Has been deployed 3 times, and is currently at Iraq. He is a loving husband, and father.
James Barrack
James Barrack
Class of 1966
Air Force, 10 Years

Served 2 years in Navy Reserve and 8 years of Active Duty in the Air Force. Spent 5 years stationed at Yokota AB just outside of Tokyo.
Jesus N. Perez
Jesus N. Perez
Class of 1981
Army, 15 Years

Communication Specialist Station in Germany for about 10 Years. FT Bliss Tx, FT Ord Ca aquired
E-5 (P). Followed with 3 Years Reserves in Spokane Washington, Rio Rancho New Mexico Attained E-6 Grade. Finished my military service Honorably
Jesus Ortiz
Jesus Ortiz
Class of 2002
Air Force, 5 Years

Air Force Crew Chief
JOE PINA
JOE PINA
Class of 1989
Navy, 4 Years

MACHINIST MATE
John Bracken
John Bracken
Class of 1979
Army, 4 Years

Indirect Infantry train in Ft.Benning,Ga.
John Kidder
John Kidder
Class of 1971
Navy, 6 Years

Electrical Operator (EM2 SS) aboard fast attack submarines. Enlisted 12/ 71; honorable discharge 12/1977
John Kidder
John Kidder
Class of 1971
Navy, 6 Years

EM2 (SS) -Servec aboard USS Greenling SSN 614 as electrical operator/ Shutdown Reactor Operator....loved the boat, glad I didn't go to 'Nam, very glad when I got out!
jorge solis
jorge solis
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 4 Years

served at camp pendleton california from 1994-1998 as a infantry marine.
Jose A Tarango
Jose A Tarango
Class of 1984
Air Force, 29 Years

I joined in 1986 and retired in 2015. I was in Civil Engineer Squadrons my entire career with the exception of 3.5 years as a First Sergeant with an Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and an Aircraft Control Squadron. I was fortunate to be stationed in Panama, Germany and South Korea as well as New Mexico (x3), South Carolina, Colorado and Arizona. I deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a few other countries. Some were war related and others were humanitarian (the best of the two) related. My biggest benefit of serving 29 years is the wonderful people I met along my journey...
Jose Candia
Jose Candia
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired Master Sgt., served overseas in the Republic of Panama during the Torrijos years, Jimmy Carter in office. Served in Panama Just Cause when the U.S took over Norriega Administration. Desert Storm. Relocated to different parts of the states served 20+ years in Law Enforcement.
Jose Candia
Jose Candia
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired as an E-7 / Master Sgt, Air Force Security Police. Deployed in Operation Just Cause Panama and Operation Desert Storm Saudi Arabia.
Kathleen Thompson Jones
Kathleen Thompson Jones
Class of 1992
Air Force, 4 Years

Served as a surgery and orthopedic technician at Tinker Air Force Base before separating with an honorable discharge.
Leti Esparza (Ward)
Leti Esparza (Ward)
Class of 1982
Air Force, 6 Years

Served in Okinawa Japan and Edwards AFB in California.
Martin Enrique Mendoza
Martin Enrique Mendoza
Class of 1974
Army, 16 Years

Signal Corp Officer Airborne Jump master
miguel ramirez
miguel ramirez
Class of 1977
Marine Corps, 3 Years

0311 rifleman ,barracks duty subic bay Philippines last duty station san mateo camp Pendleton cal.
NIck Minjares
NIck Minjares
Class of 1983
Air Force, 20+ Years

C-130 Crew Chief. Stationed at Little Rock, Okinawa and Abilene.
Paul Rascon
Paul Rascon
Class of 2000
Navy, 4 Years

June 2007-June 2011 Honorable Discharge, Served on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the only command I served on for 4 yrs. Was stationed in Seattle, WA deployed twice, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Bahrain, Dubai, Hawaii, Philippines were all very awesome too have visited but, My most favorite visit was Malaysia lol. My job was cooking/roomservice/Logistics.
Ralph R. Garcia
Ralph R. Garcia
Class of 1962
Army, 3 Years

Served in Viet Nam. Lucky enough to have been put behind a typewriter instead of a Machine Gun. Reached rack of Spec 5.
Ralph R/ Garcia
Ralph R/ Garcia
Class of 1962
Army, 3 Years

Honorable Discharge
Raymond Paz
Raymond Paz
Class of 1981
Air Force, 10 Years

Combat support squadron
Robert J Collins
Robert J Collins
Class of 1972
Army, 22 Years

Started in EL Paso and ended in Fort Leonardwood, MO as Detachment Cdr.
Roberto Sandoval
Roberto Sandoval
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 14 Years

1142- Elctrical Equipent Repairman( Generators)
Roberto Sandoval
Roberto Sandoval
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 14 Years

1142 Elctrical Equipment Repairman ( Generators). Desert Storm Desert Shield 90-91.
RUBEN PAQUIAN
RUBEN PAQUIAN
Class of 1976
Navy, 20+ Years

Command Master Chief
Operations Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Afghanistan
USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39)
USS SYLVANIA (AFS 2)
USS COCHRANE (DDG 21)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74)
BEACHMASTER UNIT ONE
USS DENVER (LPD 9)
USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67)
Samuel D. Redix
Samuel D. Redix
Class of 1993
Air Force, 12 Years

F-16 Fighting Falcon Weapons Loader

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Our Bel Air 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 Bel Air High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in El Paso are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!