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

Bobbi (Lillo) Stenstrom
Bobbi (Lillo) Stenstrom Class of 1994
National Guard, 9 Years
I joined the Army National Guard in July of 1993. I worked in Supply during the time I was in. I originally was signed up for 6 years but ended up puting in 9 when I then got out in July of 2002.
Bobby Brown Jr.
Bobby Brown Jr. Class of 1971
Army, 2 Years
Ft.Leonard Wood.No Ft.Carson Co Camp Casey Korea
Chad Vieau
Chad Vieau Class of 1999
Army, 8 Years
I spent 8 years active duty in the Army in the Intelligence/Counter Terrorism fields. My first duty station was Germany before I was shipped off to Kuwait to participate in the invasion of Iraq. I left Iraq and Germany for for my next duty station and spent the rest of my carreer in Tampa FL before getting out and taking a Counter Terrorism job in Washington DC. I am currently serving in Iraq for a 4th time with a 5th tour already in the works for next year.
Crystal Wheeler
Crystal Wheeler Class of 1973
Air Force, 16 Years
Became an Aerial Reconnaissance Photography Interpreter stationed in Duluth until my transfer to California. Completed my years as a Law Enforcement Training Officer with the 163rd Security Police Squadron at March AFB.
D. Dale Erickson
D. Dale Erickson Class of 1954
Army, 2 Years
Spent two years in the Army, 18 months of it in Korea.
Darryl Kurki
Darryl Kurki Class of 1963
Army, 20+ Years
Viet Nam Veteran 1966-1967
David Diehl
David Diehl Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years
Spent 24 + years. 8 of them in Asia 3 in Finland MN 2 in CA and 1 in MT the rest in Rapid City SD.
David Paaso
David Paaso Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years
A-4 Jet Mechanic 2 and a half years shore duty 1 and half years Aircraft Carrier Sea duty
Dawn Soderlund (Hallfirsch)
Dawn Soderlund (Hallfirsch) Class of 1994
Army, 13 Years
Full-Time Training NCO
Dennis K. Hanna
Dennis K. Hanna Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served 26 years on active duty. Stationed in Alaska, Missouri, Thailand, Michigan, Iran, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, Korea and Hawaii. I was a Supply specialist for 5 years and a club manager for the ramining years,
Gregory Tucker
Gregory Tucker Class of 1970
Army, 20+ Years
James Kerr
James Kerr Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years
Served as a Radioman in the United States Navy. I served one tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam from June 1966 to June 1967 on board the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1), a Communications ship. Also served in Kodiak Alaska for a year and with com first fleet staff out of San Diego on Board the USS Chicago and the USS Oklahoma City. Went to Boot camp and Radioman School in San Diego.
James Kerr
James Kerr Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years
Radioman. Served in Vietnam on board the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) a communications ship. Also served on board the USS Chicago, USS Oklahoma City and did a year in Kodiak, Alaska. I saw alot of the world in only 4 years. I still serve veterans by representing them before the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, DC. The best job I have ever had.
Jamie Polling
Jamie Polling Class of 1994
National Guard, 6 Years
Traditional Guardsman in Security for about a year then spent 3 years active in FL. Finished out my time back in Duluth in supply.
Jill (Jordan) Miller
Jill (Jordan) Miller Class of 1994
Air Force, 15 Years
I joined the Army National Guard July 1993. Where I worked in Supply for five years before transferring in August 1998 to the Air National Guard. I worked in Supply there too and after 9/11 happened and many members were activated I helped out in the Finance Department at the 148th Fighter Wing. This is where I curretly work. This summer I completed my 15th year in the Military.
John Lanphier
John Lanphier Class of 1979
Air Force, 20+ Years
26 years active duty in the Air Force Security Police, now called Security Forces. I was stationed in Montana, Korea, North Dakota, Korea again and Oklahoma. Involved in military operations in Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Equador, Netherlands Antillies (also known as A,B,C islands) and the United Arab Emirates.
Joseph A. Le Garde
Joseph A. Le Garde Class of 1979
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
I have been around this world about 3 1/2 times, having touched all continents with the exception of Greenland, Artic, and Antarctica. The three things I set out to do, have been done. I wanted to be a Marine, score some medals and get a few tattoos. Life is good.
Joseph A. Le Garde
Joseph A. Le Garde Class of 1979
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
I have had to opportunity to travel around this world about 3 1/2 times, having set foot on all the continents with the exceptions of Iceland/Greenland, the Arctic as well as Antarctica. All I really wanted was to be a Marine, score a few medals and get some tattoos. Now that I have done all that, life is good.
Kathleen Thill
Kathleen Thill Class of 1990
Navy, 8 Years
I was a Hospital Corpsman (Medic). I trained to serve with the Marines to go to Desert Storm in 1991 but was never sent. I wound up in support positions with a P-3 squadron ( a large plane that hunts for enemy submarines) in Diego Garcia, Oman, Japan, Okinawa and Hawaii. I was occasionally sent with Marine detachments for temporary duty assignments. I also taught aviators the affects of flight on the human body also known as aviation physiology. We would spend time in a hyperbaric chamber just like in the movie "An Office and A Gentleman" where Richard Gere got goofy after taking off his oxygen mask and had to play patty cake with the other people in the room. They were all suffering the effects of hypoxia. Needless to say, I had an interesting and busy experience while I served in the military.
Kevin Langdon
Kevin Langdon Class of 1995
Army, 12 Years

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