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

arthur hoffman
arthur hoffman Class of 1973
Army, 20+ Years
Pershing Missile System
Beth Livingston Cannon
Beth Livingston Cannon Class of 1982
Air Force, 14 Years
ANG, Air Force, and AFReserves: Aircrew Life Support, Health Services Admin, and Personnelist. During and afterwards worked as a civilian employee for Dept of the Air Force, Dept of the Army, and Dept of the Navy while moving from base to base as an AF spouse.
Bo Fuechsel
Bo Fuechsel Class of 2003
Army, 8 Years
2 tours to iraq, rank Sergent
Dale Rapp
Dale Rapp Class of 1978
Air Force, 9 Years
MP (Iwas bored) Then Engineering North Dakota TFC Too Cold!! Now with federal government.
DeAnna Manthey
DeAnna Manthey Class of 1988
Army, 11 Years
Originally trained as a Chinese linguist and Interrogator, later flew in OV-1 conducting aerial recon. After budget cuts affected this mission in the early 90's she joined the Air Guard for a short time as a loader in the F-15/F-16 until her daugher was born. She re-enlisted in 2002 to become an officer in the Washington Army National Guard but discontinued training a few weeks before commission due to an injury which eventually ended her military career. She currently works as a federal contractor assisting with training that supports the military.
Donald C Nelson
Donald C Nelson Class of 1961
Army, 20+ Years
EWSC Army ROTC 1966 2LT Artillery. Artillery school at Ft Sill, OK in '66, Helicopter school in '67. RVN tour as helicopter gunship pilot for 336th AHC Soc Trang Thunderbirds in '68. 40th Artillery Bde Avn Sec Commander at Presido San Francisco in 1969. Career in the Ohio Army Nat'l Guard beginning in 1973. Assignments as Aero Scout PLT leader, MED EVAC Officer, Aviation BN CDR and CDR of 371st Support Group (Corps). Retired Colonel 1995.
Ezekiel Gilham
Ezekiel Gilham Class of 2008
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Was a Landing Support Specialist and after 4 years switched to be a weather forecaster. Got medically retired in 2013
Forest Glenn Maryott
Forest Glenn Maryott Class of 1975
Marine Corps, 10 Years
1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton CA/ Captain.
Fred Kilian
Fred Kilian Class of 1972
Navy, 20+ Years
US Navy Fighter Pilot (F-14s)
Heidi Rehn
Heidi Rehn Class of 1971
National Guard, 20+ Years
Communication Specialist
Jacob Grunigen
Jacob Grunigen Class of 2007
Army, 3 Years
I served in Ft Hood Texas. My MOS was 11B, or infantry.
JD Palaniuk
JD Palaniuk Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years
US Navey Seabee's as an EO1(SCW/DV) Underwater Construction Tech for 22 years, Serving throughout the world from Europe, Asia, Pacific Islands, Indian Ocean, North and South poles including war time operations. Picture is of ICEX99, Second from Left.
Jeff Rennaker
Jeff Rennaker Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Retired after 27 years service, over 20 in Special Forces. Conducted missions in many countries to include: Russia, Germany, Egypt, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, North and South Korea, and Bangladesh. Master parachutist, Anti-terrorism Instructor, and various other skills.
Jerry P. Mellick
Jerry P. Mellick Class of 1961
Army, 20+ Years
Commissioned in the Transportation Corps in 1967 from Eastern Washington ROTC. First assignment was as Field Artillery Officer in the 2nd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, TX. Attended Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Flight School in the 68-70 timeframe and was in Viet Nam in 70-71. Most of Army assignments were in the Army Acquisition field with locations in St. Louis, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, Washington, DC, and Cleveland, OH. Spent two years living in Saudi Arabia. Was OIC of Army Aviation Operations Center during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Retired in 1993 and worked another 6+ years for the Army in St. Louis, Mo and Huntsville, AL. Currently serving as a pilot for the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.
Jim Dahl
Jim Dahl Class of 1961
Army, 2 Years
Company Clerk (army secretary) in US Army Europe (Germany)
Ken Baysinger
Ken Baysinger Class of 1963
Navy, 3 Years
USS Enterprise 1966-1968
Lane C Elliott
Lane C Elliott Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years
E5; San Diego 1966 to 1968. DaNang & Saigon Viet Nam Oct 1969 to Oct 1970.
Ralph Powers
Ralph Powers Class of 1961
Air Force, 4 Years
Personnel - 7 level
Rick Beery
Rick Beery Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years
Attended Air Force Academy, graduating in 1978. Went through helo pilot training. Assignments included Korea, South Carolina, Florida, Pentagon, Okinawa, Kansas, Oklahoma. Served as Air Rescue and Special Operations pilot and aircraft maintenance officer. Cmdr of 353 Ops Support Squadron, 353 Maintenance Sq, 16 Logistics Group and 16 Maintenance Group. Participated in Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom. Earned Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, DMSM, MSM, Aerial Achievement medal. Retired Col 2007.
Steven Jones
Steven Jones Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years
I retired after 20+ years as a Aircraft Maintenace Tech, working on Mostly fighter aircraft ( F4c,d,e,f ) Also the F4E Wild Weasels. I spent several years overseas including Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, S.Korea, Germany and many stateside bases including California, Texas, Kansas. And I retired from Fairchild AFB here in Spokane.. Lots of good friends and lots of good memories.

Classmates Spotlight

Central Valley High School Classmates

Gloria Mcgillivary
Class of '61

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School News

1973 Bear Balls Tournament

The wild and crazy Bear Balls tourney this weekend Friday & Saturday. Looking forward to seeing all the guys again.
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