Military Alumni

Military 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

Class of 0
, Years
Anthony Pace
Anthony Pace Class of 1972
Navy, 9 Years
Enlisted as an Aviation Anti-submarine Warfare Specialist in 83. (AW) Changed to Operations Specialist(OS) during boot camp. Assigned to USS Iowa(BB-61) One of four Battleships returned to service during that time. Also served on USS New Jersey(BB-62). Saw action in Middle East and became VFW eligible. Accepted for Officer's Candidate School in 85, and graduated in 86. Served as Regimental Bandmaster. After Division Officer and Engineering Officer School in San Diego, returned East to serve aboard USS Austin (LPD-4). (Think John Wayne leading the marines to the beach)
David Chandler
David Chandler Class of 1975
Air Force, 4 Years
Imagery Inerpreter Specialist
David Isley
David Isley Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 11 Years
Doug Still
Doug Still Class of 1975
Navy, 20+ Years
Doug enlisted in the Navy in his senior year and attended boot camp after graduation. Doug served on USS Saipan (LHA-2), USS Iowa (BB-61), USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in Desert Storm, and USS Nashville (LPD-13). Doug was enlisted for 19 years and rose to the rank of ETCS and was then selected for promotion to Chief Warrant Officer. Doug retired in 2000 after 25 1/2 years of service.
Dracy R. (Smith) Blackwell
Dracy R. (Smith) Blackwell Class of 1983
Air Force, 7 Years
I joined the Air Force after graduating from high school. I completed my basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas, and my technical training at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. My first permanent duty station was Eglin AFB, FL. After completing 3 years at Eglin, I was transferred to Elmendorf AFB, AK where I served another 3 year term. My last and final duty station was Hill AFB, UT. I was at Hill for about 8 months before deciding to call it quits. I left the Air Force in June 1990 and returned to Greensboro, NC. My rank at the time of separation was E-5, Staff Sergeant. After returning to Greensboro, I joined the AF Reserves and was stationed out of Seymour Johnson AFB. While a member of the Reserves, I was recalled to active duty for Desert Storm. I served 4 months as part of Desert Storm and shortly after that assignment was over, I left the military for good.
Howard F. Baynes, Jr.
Howard F. Baynes, Jr. Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
B-52 Gunner
John Turner
John Turner Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served 20 years as a Tactical Air Controller, Radar Fighter Interceptor Director, Space Systems Operations Manager and Space Systems Research and Development Engineer
Joshua Luke Phillips
Joshua Luke Phillips Class of 2001
Air Force, 6 Years
US Air Force reserve E-4 2T251 Air Transportation Apprentice
Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker Class of 1991
Army, 17 Years
Served with the US Marines from 1993-1997. Joined Army 1997 to current. I have over 17 years of military service. Been deployed for OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2008-2009), Bosnia (1995), Gambia, West Africa (1994)
Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker Class of 1991
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Served USMC and ARMY. Tours in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, West Africa and 911 World Trade Center, Home land security.
Robert Beckner
Robert Beckner Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
Bob enlisted in 1970 and trained as a jet fighter mechanic. He worked on A-7, F-111 and A10 fighters before cross training as a C-141 Starlifter Flight Engineer. He performed Presidential Support flights, Special Operations and Operation Just Cause. He retired 1991 after 21 years of service.
Shandra Allison
Shandra Allison Class of 1982
Army, 6 Years
Army Strong????
Skip Nix
Skip Nix Class of 1975
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Aviation Crash Rescue. Tours with 1st & 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Tour of duty in Futema, Okinawa 1977

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