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

Bill Bruining
Bill Bruining Class of 1988
Army, 11 Years
White House Communications Agency - Washington, DC and White House Communications Agency - Camp David, MD.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones Class of 1984
Army, 7 Years
Chemical Defense NBC NCO
Brian Staeffler
Brian Staeffler Class of 1994
National Guard, 14 Years
South Dakota Air National Guard - Logistics Readiness Squadron - Supply Procedures and Analysis,
Brooks Jacobsen
Brooks Jacobsen Class of 2000
Army, 7 Years
Section Chief for Det. 3 665th Maint. Co. in the South Dakota Army National Guard.
Cathy S. (Stoltenberg) Clayton
Cathy S. (Stoltenberg) Clayton Class of 1987
Air Force, 19 Years
Captain Cathy S. (Stoltenberg) Clayton is the executive officer for the 114 Maintenance Group. She has been in the South Dakota Air National Guard since 1987.
Chad Barrett
Chad Barrett Class of 1993
National Guard, 4 Years
SD Air National Guard
Charlotte (Welsch) Browning
Charlotte (Welsch) Browning Class of 1993
Navy, 13 Years
Served on the USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) as a Surface Warfare Officer stationed in Sasebo Japan; then completed Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, CA; Served as the OIC of the environmental detachment in Deigo Garcia (Indian Ocean); Operations Officer in Whidbey Island, WA; Executive Officer in Current Operations at CENTCOM in Tampa, FL; Weather Officer for SOCOM in Tampa, FL; and finally working in the Joint Operations Center for AFRICOM in Stuttgart, Germany with deployments throughout these locations.
Craig Crissman
Craig Crissman Class of 1978
Air Force, 7 Years
Served as a 91B medic in the Army reserve and a Personal technician in the Air Force for 4 years
Daniel Coughlin
Daniel Coughlin Class of 2001
Air Force, 3 Years
USAF Instructor Pilot - UH-1H Huey Helicopter
Daniel Pike
Daniel Pike Class of 2005
Navy, 2 Years
I am an Aviation Electronic Technitian. I have yet to serve another two years. I will be headed to Iraq in June of 2008.
Francis Persing
Francis Persing Class of 1991
Army, 17 Years
currently francis rank is first sergeant in the army but his last tour was Drill Sergeant after his tour in Iraqi.
Hank Qualantone
Hank Qualantone Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 8 Years
CH-46 Pilot
James A. Garry
James A. Garry Class of 1979
Air Force, 6 Years
Law Enforcement, Military Working Dog Handler. Fairchild AFB, Spokane WA Incirlick Turkey Minot ND South Dakota ANG
Jason Brech
Jason Brech Class of 1993
Navy, 5 Years
Served on USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in San Diego as an Operations Specialist.
Jay L. Hanisch
Jay L. Hanisch Class of 1981
National Guard, 20+ Years
South Dakota Air National Guard Clinic Training Manager
Jeanne Gacke
Jeanne Gacke Class of 1983
Air Force, 17 Years
Currently serving as fulltime member of the SD Air National Guard, Security Forces
Jeremy Cross
Jeremy Cross Class of 2001
Marine Corps, 8 Years
Jerry Kerkhove
Jerry Kerkhove Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years
Commanding Officer of a basic training company at Ft Ord, CA. Steve Owens, 1969 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma Univ, was one of my basic trainees. I was on General Staff of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
Mary J. Rysavy
Mary J. Rysavy Class of 1985
National Guard, 20+ Years
I am currently a Military Equal Opportunity Officer with the South Dakota Air National Guard. I have been a member of the Air National Guard for 22 years serving in both West Virginia and South Dakota.
MSgt Jason Lynch
MSgt Jason Lynch Class of 1989
Air Force, 20+ Years
I joined the Air Force in 1989 two months out of high school. I've been stationed at six different duty locations and deployed to ten different war zones. I came in as a Crew Chief on F-4's then I went to the U-2 Spy plane and for the last ten years I've been on the A-10. I was selected to be the Superintendent on the A-10 East Demonstration Team where we perform at 35 air shows a year for over 3 million people a year.

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Brandon Valley High School Classmates

Cindy Smith
Class of '94

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Gene Bennett Class 68

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