Bloomington High School Alumni

Bloomington, Illinois (IL)

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

Bradley Biederman
Bradley Biederman
Class of 2003
Army, 4 Years

OEF veteran (2010-2011)
Brian Tarrant
Brian Tarrant
Class of 1985
Navy, 15 Years

Spec Op Force Seal Team 3
Bruce Still Jr
Bruce Still Jr
Class of 1998
Army, 6 Years

National Guard for four years, left for Active Duty servered with the 101st Aiborne Divison in Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Medically Discharged for injuries that occured in combat.
Cassidy Cleinmark
Cassidy Cleinmark
Class of 2008
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Im an Avionics Tech. on the AV8-B Harrier. stationed in Yuma, AZ and have currently served 3 years.
Cathy Thomas
Cathy Thomas
Class of 1974
Army, 4 Years

Vietnam Era
Cathy Thomas
Cathy Thomas
Class of 1974
Army, 4 Years

Served in Vicenza Italy
Cathy Thomas
Cathy Thomas
Class of 1974
Army, 4 Years

Served at Fort Sill OK Fort Mcllellen ALA Caserma Ederle Vicenza Italia due ani.
Charles Tracey
Charles Tracey
Class of 1984
Air Force, 20+ Years

After ROTC scholarship to UofI, 21 years active duty and reserves, retired in 2010.
Christopher Linski
Christopher Linski
Class of 2003
Army, 4 Years

Medically retired in 2007 as an Infantry Sergeant after two combat tours to Iraq.
Cindy (Hammond) Taylor
Cindy (Hammond) Taylor
Class of 2003
Air Force, 7 Years

I have been in the Air Force for 7 1/2 years as a Security Forces Member (Military Police). Once this tenure is up, I will have been in for 8 1/2 years.
Dana Steinke
Dana Steinke
Class of 1967
Air Force, 11 Years

Aircraft weapon systems and fire control on the F-106 and AC-130. Stationed in Japan, Thailand, and numerous stateside bases.
Deonte D. Person
Deonte D. Person
Class of 2008
Army, 4 Years

I was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wa. Served two tours in Afghanistan. Left the Army Dec 21, 2012. Now I'm in the Army National Guard until 2017.
Dirk Howard
Dirk Howard
Class of 1965
Air Force, 5 Years

Stationed at Lackland AFB, TX - Lowery AFB, CO - Clinton Sherman AFB, OK - Little Rock AFB, AR - Keesler AFB, MS - Nellis AFB, NV. I worked on B-52's, B-58's and F-111's as a Bomb/Nav and Radar technician.
Dirk Howard
Dirk Howard
Class of 1965
Air Force, 6 Years

Stationed at Lackland, Lowery, Clinton-Sherman, Keesler, Little Rock, and Nellis. B/N systems on B-52, B-58, and F-111A.
Dr. John R. Batson
Dr. John R. Batson
Class of 1968
Army, 6 Years

Instructor USMA West Point, NY
dustin wyatt
dustin wyatt
Class of 2005
Marine Corps, 4 Years

i graduated in 2005, and shortly after found myself in the united states marine corps. i have been in for 4 years now, i re-enlisted in dec. 2007 for another 4 years. i have done 3 combat tours in iraq and am happily married
Elaine M. Nussbaum
Elaine M. Nussbaum
Class of 1998
National Guard, 15 Years

Illinois Army National Guard
OIF (2004-2005) Transportation Company platoon leader, 1544th TC (spt. 1st CAV DIV)
OEF (2013-2014) Brigade property manager, ISAF-BEST-A12 / 10BKPanc (spt. 101st ABN DIV)
Erik Jaspers
Erik Jaspers
Class of 1989
Army, 20+ Years

Continuing to serve after 22 years of service and 2 tours to Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan. Erik is now living in California and is assigned to the 11th MP BDE.
Erik Jon Jaspers
Erik Jon Jaspers
Class of 1989
Army, 20+ Years

Member of the three tour club. Finally on the road to retirement. I cant say I have enjoyed every moment of it, but I have great pride in serving.
Geoff Jackson
Geoff Jackson
Class of 1967
Navy, 6 Years

Nuclear reactor operator on an attack submarine - USS Queenfish (SSN651)
Ira C Keown
Ira C Keown
Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Served 1964 to 1968. Stationed at DaNang, South Viet Nam 1966 to 1967. Worked in avionics on Inertial Navigation systems amd air data computers. Got out of the Marine Corps as a Sargent in 1968 and then went back to OCS in 1969but unable to finish for health reasons.
james r bryant
james r bryant
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Chief warrant officer
James Scott
James Scott
Class of 1997
Marine Corps, 6 Years

2 Combat Tours in Middle East. Field Raido Operator. Charlie Company, 7th Combat Enginer Battalion, 1st Marine Division
James Washington
James Washington
Class of 1993
Army, 20+ Years

Retired after 22 great years of service
Jim Andrews
Jim Andrews
Class of 1944
Navy, 20+ Years

Enlisted in May 1944. Served in Pacific. participated in assault Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Ship hit with kamikaze at Okinawa. Later qualified to serve in Underwater Demolition Team. Served on first Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine in origin
Jim Bryant
Jim Bryant
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Retired from the Army in 1989 as CW3.
John Bentley
John Bentley
Class of 1971
Army, 11 Years

9 years active, 2 in the Reserves. Parachute training and Rigger School 1971. Fort Bragg NC 1972-74. Cambodia 1974-75. Instructor, Parachute Rigger School 1975-77. 7th SFG 1977-80. 12th SFG 1984-86.
John Fleming
John Fleming
Class of 2003
Navy, 3 Years

seabbe, construction force of the military
John Fleming
John Fleming
Class of 2003
Navy, 2 Years

Builder 3rd class Petty Officer (seabee)
John Michael Fleming
John Michael Fleming
Class of 2003
Navy, 3 Years

Navy Seabee, 3.5 years served, medical discharge
José Rivera
José Rivera
Class of 1971
Navy, 20+ Years

I served 3 years with the Navy and went to Viet-Nam on board the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14). We also were the primary recovery ship for Apollo 16 & 17 (last Apollo missions) and Skylab I.

Later I served in the IL Army National Guard (ARNG) and the IL Air national Guard (ANG), The DC ANG, MD ARNG, OH ARNG, and retired from the GA Air National Guard in 1996.
Lewis Garrison
Lewis Garrison
Class of 1954
Navy, 4 Years

E5 Pipefitter
Mark Ballinger
Mark Ballinger
Class of 1973
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Served as enlisted electronics technician till 1981 then commissioned and became airborne electronic warfare officer. Piloted unmanned aircraft 1987-1995.
Mark Ballinger
Mark Ballinger
Class of 1973
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

21 years of service in the Corps
Michael Phillip Mink
Michael Phillip Mink
Class of 1984
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Served from September 1984 through January 1991. MOS was Combat Engineer specializing in construction, bridging, mine fields and explosives. Served in Okinawa Japan, Phillippines, Korea, California and North Caolina.
Miguet Carter Haynes
Miguet Carter Haynes
Class of 1996
Air Force, 4 Years

Security Forces/ Personnel Security Ramstein, Germany Ab
Richard Center
Richard Center
Class of 1962
Army, 2 Years

In the infantry in Vietnam 68-69 and attended officer candidate school
RO BATES
RO BATES
Class of 1954
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired SMS.( Viet Nam 1968-1969, Cam Rham bay, and DaNang air base.) Aircraft maintenance superintendant. Was stationed at seven different air bases in my 20+ years. Retired civil service 20 years.
Ro Bates
Ro Bates
Class of 1954
Air Force, 20+ Years

Visited many nice places, except Vietnam Nam. Taking it easy Had a quadruple bypass 4 years ago. Doing well Running and playing golf. Live long all my old school mates, may the good lord watch over you all. Rookie (Ro) Bates
Scott Ijams
Scott Ijams
Class of 1984
Army, 8 Years

Served During Desert Storm

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