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

Anthony "Tony" Wilson
Anthony "Tony" Wilson Class of 1981
Army, 3 Years
Assigned 1/12th Field Artillery, (1st Lance Missile Battalion - Fort Sill, OK
brandon byrd
brandon byrd Class of 2001
Army, 3 Years
01 tarbabe been to iraq and back and about to return for a 2nd time later this year pray for me
Darlene Mitchell
Darlene Mitchell Class of 1976
Navy, 20+ Years
Darrell Williams
Darrell Williams Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years
Darrell Williams entered active duty service as an Administrative Specialist in the United States Army. His first assignment was the First Personnel Command in Europe, where he was selected as the United States Army Postal Group Europe, Soldier of the Month, Soldier of the Quarter, and Soldier of the Region, for Region III. After his tour in Europe, he was assigned to the Pentagon, where he worked for the Army Intelligence Agency as an Administrative Noncommissioned Officer. His hard work led to his selection for special assignment to the White House Communications Agency (WHCA). While assigned to WHCA, he traveled worldwide as an Operations Noncommissioned Officer where he led several very successful Presidential missions supporting Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Clinton. This included rapid deployments to inspect Hurricane Andrew Damage, Tornado Damage in Arkansas, the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, Bosnia, Russia, the G-7, and Asia Pacific Economic Summit. He was also stationed in Yongsan, Korea, as a Human Resources Supervisor for the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade where he led his team to pass the 8th Personnel Command Inspection and the Special Security Office to pass the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command Inspection with commendable ratings. He eventually served as a Platoon Sergeant, Acting First Sergeant and Assistant Division Chief during his one year tour. He was reassigned to the White House Communications Agency and performed in town duties as the Human Resources Supervisor for WHCA’s largest Directorate where his team maintained the highest on time percentage rate for personnel actions and reports for four consecutive years. He also traveled as a Vice Presidential Communications Officer supporting Vice Presidents Al Gore and Richard Cheney. Following the tragedies of September 11, 2001, Mr. Williams was selected as 1 of 5 individuals, out of 30 senior leaders, to provide emergency communications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the Vice President of the United States, to include duties as a Command Representative aboard Air Force Two. Throughout his career, he coached soldiers to win the Defense Information Systems Agency, Enlisted Person of the Year, the Military Intelligence Brigade Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, and the Washington Area Communications Command, Headquarters Enlisted Person of the Year Award. He was selected as the WHCA J4, Staff Support Unit, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year on two separate occasions and is part of Agency history as a WHCA All-Star member. Additionally, he was selected as the White House Communications Agency Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. After retiring with 20 years of honorable service, he returned to support the government where he trained and certified newly assigned junior and senior leaders, as Operations Coordinators and Vice Presidential Communications Project Managers at the Ricky Witcher WHCA Training Academy.
Gerald A. Smith
Gerald A. Smith Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years
Gerald Avery Smith. (Class of 81) is a Retired Master Sergeant and Disabled Veteran having served a combined 24 years in the United States Armed Forces between the U.S Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard (15 years of which was Active Duty). He served in the Security Forces Career field and worked as a Military Working Dog handler (to include working Patrol Dogs, Explosive Detection Dogs and Narcotic Detection Dogs). By the time he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant, he held positions to include Air Base Ground Defense Instructor and later that as the Non Commissioned Officer in Change of the Military Working Dog Section. His assignments included tours of duty in the Republic of the Philippines, Ellsworth AFB South Dakota, King Salmon Air Station Alaska, Bergstrom AFB Texas and Vandenberg AFB Ca. where he ended the first eleven years of Active Duty. In 1992, he left Active Duty status and pursued a Career change to the field of Public Housing Management. Upon completing several weeks of both classroom instruction and hands on training in D.C. he began a new career with the San Antonio Housing Authority and continued serving as a “Guardsmen” with the Texas Air National Guard. With his dual careers taking place, he rose from the ranks of Staff Sergeant in the Guard, to that of Master Sergeant and held positions to include that of Squad Leader, NCOIC of Law Enforcement, Superintendent, and finally as the Squadrons First Sergeant, the position I held at the time of his retirement. While serving as a Guardsman he called to Active Duty for over 3 ½ years (in two separate mobilizations) following the events of 911. Master Smith’s Awards and Decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Commendation Medal with 3 Devices, Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation ,Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/ 1 Device, Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/ 2 OLC , Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 Device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 Devices, Overseas Short Tour Ribbon w/ 1 Device, Overseas Long Tour Ribbon w/ 1 Device, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon with device, and the Texas Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal.

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Stephen English
Class of '76

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