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

Albert Tijerina
Albert Tijerina Class of 1961
Air Force, 6 Years
Albert was Drum Major of the Bobcat Band at Central while Emery Bellard was beginning a march to an eventual State Championship. Albert graduated from Texas A&M in1965 where he was Drum Major of the nationally famous Texas Aggie Band. After USAF pilot training, Albert flew the B-52 until volunteering for Southeast Asia combat duty, transitioning to the CH-53 heavy lift helicopter. On 1 March 1971, flying his C-53C, "KNIFE 34," Captain Tijerina, departed Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base to deliver Laotian troops to the, then highly classified, Lima Site 20 at Sam Thuong in northern Laos. His aircraft was hit by enemy fire while enroute, knocking out an engine, but he was able to sustain flight until reaching LS20. "KNIFE 34" crashed on landing and burst into flames. Captain Tijerina was killed in the crash. For combat actions, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in San Angelo.
Angela Kelly
Angela Kelly Class of 2001
Air Force, 5 Years
I served 5 years in the United States Air Force and I am currently serving in the United States Reserve.
Benjamin John Clouser
Benjamin John Clouser Class of 2004
Air Force, 1 Years
Graduated basic training on Pearl Harbor Day (7 Dec) and proceeded to my tech school at Correy Station @ Pensacola, Florida. On 20 Jun 08 I'll graduate and proceed to my first base--will stay in touch. GO AIR FORCE!
Carl E. Brainard
Carl E. Brainard Class of 1978
Navy, 20+ Years
Navy Intelligence (Cryptology). Served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in support of USSCENTCOM (1990-1991). Duty Stations included: Naval Security Group Activity Skaggs Island -Sonoma, CA; Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan; Naval Communications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific- Wahiawa, HI; National Security Agency/Central Security Service - Ft George G. Meade, MD, onboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70); Naval Security Group Activity Denver - Buckley ANGB Aerospace Data Facility - Aurora, CO. Deployed on two Western Pacific tours onboard USS Carl Vinson. Awards: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (5 awards).
Dale Hughes
Dale Hughes Class of 1990
National Guard, 18 Years
Served Texas Army National Guard 18 years. SSG Master Gunner M1A1, M1, M60A3 Main Battle Tank. Served in OIF 3 and ran convoy escort missions.
Dewayne Wolf
Dewayne Wolf Class of 1987
Army, 10 Years
Served in the Infantry for 7 years upon graduating from Central high. He left the Army to pursue a masters degree in Theology and served as a senior pastor for 15 years before returning to the Army as a Chaplain.
Edwin Eugene Lawrence
Edwin Eugene Lawrence Class of 1961
Army, 3 Years
105 self-propelled howitzers, fire direction center, based Fort Hood 2 1/2 years; Ft. Stewart, GA during Cuban crisis; discharged as Spec. 4; served Aug. '61-Aug. '64
Elizabeth Yvonne Moran-Madden
Elizabeth Yvonne Moran-Madden Class of 1998
Navy, 9 Years
Boatswains Mate Second Class; served onboard the USS Oldendorf DD 972, USS John C. Stennis CVN 74 and USS Bover LPD 4; also served at one shore duty, Deep Submergence Unit
fernando barboza
fernando barboza Class of 1990
Army, 19 Years
artillery branch, deployments to all theaters, currently stationed at the national training center in california as an observer/controller
Jack Thormahlen
Jack Thormahlen Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years
Spent 3 of 4 years on diesel submarines 92)
Jennifer Peterson
Jennifer Peterson Class of 2002
Navy, 3 Years
Is currently serving in Bremerton, WA after compleating a two year tour in Okinawa, Japan.
Jim Brewer
Jim Brewer Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Vietnam, Desert Storm and numerous deployments world-wide.
Jose Perales
Jose Perales Class of 1994
Air Force, 2 Years
Currently at Barksdale AFB serving as Lead Meteorologist with the 26 Operational Weather Squadron.
JUAN ALVAREZ
JUAN ALVAREZ Class of 1994
Marine Corps, 13 Years
INFANTRYMAN WITH GOLF CO. 2BN 1ST MAR. IN CALIFORNIA FROM 94-98. LOGISTICS NCO WITH VMFA-112 IN FT WORTH FROM 99-07. RESERVE SUPPORT UNIT AT QUANTICO, VA AT THE TIME
Kelli Evans (Lewis)
Kelli Evans (Lewis) Class of 2006
Air Force, 5 Years
Fitness Specialist-5 yrs service- 1 tour to Kiwait
Kelly King
Kelly King Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 1 Years
Served 1 yr, 3 months . Honorable discharge due to medical complications.
Lonnie Wolfe
Lonnie Wolfe Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years
Bio Environmental Engineer
Michael Allen Phinney
Michael Allen Phinney Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years
I spent 22 1/2 years in the Navy. Retired as a Senior Chief Yeoman (AW/SW). Tours included: USS BRISCOE (DD 977) (Plank Owner); Goodfellow AFB Navy Detachment (Plank Owner); USS PROTEUS (AS 19), Guam; Naval Master Communication Station, Guam; Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Colorado Springs, CO (Plank Owner); VP-40 Moffett Field CA; Chief of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC Community Manager; VS-31 Jacksonville, FL. Retired in November of 1999.
Michael Tolan
Michael Tolan Class of 2006
Army, 1 Years
Stationed at Ft. Polk, LA. 4BDE 10MTN ID A BTRY 5/25 FA. Deployed to Iraq as of 11/25/07.
Michelle (Manning) Evans
Michelle (Manning) Evans Class of 1988
Air Force, 14 Years
I'm stationed at the Pentagon in Washington DC, working as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. I've been in the AF for 14 years and it has been the best experience ever! Currently waiting to pin on my SMSgt stripe on 1 Mar 09.

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Lorelei Bara
Class of '96

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