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

Donna Newman Cloinger
Donna Newman Cloinger Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years
Retired from the US Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) with 26 years of service. Was stationed at Lackland AFB, TX, Lowry AFB, CO, Tyndall AFB, FL, Hellenikon AB, Greece, Plattsburg AFB, NY & Portland ANG Base, OR. Deployed Dessert Storm to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, England, Turkey, Iceland and various stateside locations.
Francisco J Landin
Francisco J Landin Class of 1997
Army, 8 Years
MOS 15Y Armament/Electrical and Avionics Systems Repairer for the AH-64D Apache Longbow
Francisco J. Landin
Francisco J. Landin Class of 1997
Army, 8 Years
MOS 15Y(Previously 68Y) Armament Dawg all the way!!
LYLE SMITH Class of 1970
Air Force, 3 Years
michael Litherland
michael Litherland Class of 1988
Army, 20+ Years
Mike always wanted to serve and ended up serving for his 20 years. He now is in graduate school at two colleges for Psychology and Religion and Philosophy. Nobody would have ever guessed that he would go far,but he did. He has three boys and now one granddaughter!
Nathan W. Mach
Nathan W. Mach Class of 1979
Navy, 12 Years
I joined the Navy in 1987 and got out in 1999. My job title was Instrumentman (Calibration Technician) The following are my assignments: USS Emory S. Land AS-39 (Norfolk, Virginia) Submarine Base Pearl Harbor (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) USS McKee AS-41 (San Diego, California)
Peter Halver
Peter Halver Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years
US Army from 1977 - 2000 Retired LTC, USA/USAR after serving as an officer in Air Defense Artillery, Inspector General, Special weapons commander, Recruiting commander and Adjuant General. Life member Reserve Officers Associaion and American Legion. Still serving veterans as Camp cook corrdinator for Stqand Downs in CA.
Peter L. Halver
Peter L. Halver Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years
Retired as a LTC after 23 years in the Army. Worked in Air Defense Artillery, recruiting, Inspector General, Adjutant General & Family Support Liason Officer
Philip Ternahan
Philip Ternahan Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years
I served for 24 years working on active duty with the Naval Reserve. My assignments included sea duty and shore assignments in Oregon, Washington, California, and Hawaii. I retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) with a Personnel specialization in 1999.
Scott Hakala
Scott Hakala Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Served 24 1/2 years of which five were in the enlisted ranks followed thereafter by 19 1/2 years as a commissioned officer. I served in the Signals Intelligence/Ground Electronic Warfare occupational field as a MOS 2602 and also qualified as a Combat Intelligence Officer or MOS 0202. Our tours of duty took us overseas to Okinawa, Korea, Taiwain, and stateside in California, Florida, and Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to participate in numerous joint staff positions at Joint Special Operations Center (JSOC), U.S. Central and Special Operations Commands in Tampa, Florida, and completed by military service performing duties as Senior Intelligence Director at NORAD-U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO. My service in the Marine Corps like most of us who served during this period of time took us away from our families for extended periods of time. In that light, any successes or personal commendations I received while serving in my Corps can be attributed to the exceptional support I received from my wife and family. I can't tell you how many times I was called away from home on a moments notice to support quick reactionary force operations, yet I knew my wife Nancy had full control of any, or all, family matters in my absence. She's been my hero for the last 44 years!! God Bless Her!

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