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

Annette Cichirillo
Annette Cichirillo Class of 1978
Army, 6 Years
Served 3 yrs. Active Duty in Frankfort, Germany; 1 yr. National Guard; 1 yr. Army Reserves; 1 yr. Inactive Duty.
Annette Cichirillo
Annette Cichirillo Class of 1978
Army, 6 Years
Frankfurt, Germany/Active Duty 83-86 Inactive/86-87 Jefferson City, Mo /ArmyReserves 87-88 Jefferson City, Mo/Army National Guard 88-89
Bill Gross
Bill Gross Class of 1958
Air Force, 4 Years
13th Air Vac, Travis
Brenda Cooper Youngson
Brenda Cooper Youngson Class of 1969
Air Force, 2 Years
I enlisted in the US Air Force right after graduating an served for two years - until I got married and became pregnant with my oldest son. My two years were served stateside at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS and March AFB in Riverside, CA. In those days, women were not allowed to serve in combat areas.
Bruce M. Moody
Bruce M. Moody Class of 1959
Air Force, 4 Years
Ground Radio Operator February 1963 to February !967; 18 months US Air Force Academy; 14 months Clark Air Force Base, Philippines; 4 months Temporary Duty Station Vietnam
Curt Riegel
Curt Riegel Class of 1957
Army, 20+ Years
David Armbruster
David Armbruster Class of 1968
Army, 8 Years
SSG US Army, received training at Ft Ord and Ft Gordon. Served at Ft Belvoir; Vicenza, Italy; Ft Riley. Worked in Law Enforcement as an MP and a Correction Supervisor.
David Winter
David Winter Class of 1961
Air Force, 20+ Years
First 4 years was in Security Police as a K-9 handler. Next 16 years plus was a Air Traffic Controller. Stationed on Okinawa twice; Castle AFB, Merced, CA; Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA; Kindley AFB, Bermuda; 6 months on Guam at the beginning of the Vietnam war; Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX; Shemya AFB, AK, retired at Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX
Don Canada
Don Canada Class of 1950
Army, 7 Years
Was with the 375th MP Co, a reserve unit and sent to Camp Cooke, Ca, now Vandenburg AFB at start of Korean War. Sent to Korea 1952 and returned home 1954 then onto Kansas with 10th Inf Div, 10th MP Co and sent to Wurzburg, Germany in 1954 until 1956. Was discharged and went into law enforcement. Retired in 1992.
Don Dreesbach
Don Dreesbach Class of 1955
Air Force, 20+ Years
After graduating from West Point, I chose to be commissioned in the Air force. Went through pilot training at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona. Our class did not get any fighter assignments so I took the only overseas assignment, flying the WB-50D Typhoon Hunter out of Japan (same job as the Hurricane Hunters in the US, but in Asia). As a way to get into fighters I applied to be an Instructor Pilot in Undergraduate Pilot Training and after a few years teaching flying got my assignment to go to F-4 Phantom Upgrade at George AFB. From there I was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base. This was during the "unpleasantness" in VietNam so I racked about 170 combat missions, mostly up and down the Ho Chi Minh trail with a few in Cambodia, Northern Laos, and North VietNam. The Air Force decided that I'd had enough fun at goverment expense so they sent me to Arizona State University for a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. From there it was back to West Point to teach engineering as an Air Force exchange officer. I had had some experience at Ubon with the new precision guided bombs, so my next assignment was to Eglin AFB, Florida as Chief of Guided Munitions testing. After three years I was ready for something new so I happened on an assignment to the NATO Southern Region HQ, in Naples, Italy as the Chief of the Air Offense Branch in Air South, the Air Force part of the HQ. My last assignment was to Wright-Patterson AFB where I headed up some programs on advanced development planning for future Air Force requirements followed by two years as the Division Chief of the Aeromechanics Division of the Flight Dynamics Laboratory. Retired as a Colonel after 26 years and now living in Florida.
gary sarinana
gary sarinana Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Combat engineer
Jack Nevins
Jack Nevins Class of 1949
Air Force, 20+ Years
I was in the Navy after graduating high school. After 4 years I enlisted in the Air Force. Retired in 1972.. Then went on to civilian life and worked until I was aged 74 and told myself it is time to retire and play awhile with my garden railway. Live in Costa Mesa, California with my wife who is a Covina graduate of 1950.. We will be attending the 1960th reunion in Bolsa Chica beach on August 7th, 2010..
Jay A  Contreras
Jay A Contreras Class of 1965
Army, 5 Years
Army Med Corps
Jerry Baker
Jerry Baker Class of 1966
Air Force, 6 Years
Half a year in training. 1=1/2 years @ George AFB, Victorville, CA. 1 yea r@ Takhli RTAB Thailand. 1 year @ Petersonfield, Colorado Springs, CO. 2-1/2 years @ March AFB, Riverside, CA. 4 of 6=1/2 years stationed within 100 miles of home.
Mark S Bradford
Mark S Bradford Class of 1972
Marine Corps, 4 Years
1st Lt USMC, Infantry Company Commander
Martin Jonathan Sanchez
Martin Jonathan Sanchez Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Entered the United States Marine Corps in 1988 under the Platoon Leaders Command and was commissioned as an "Officer Of Marines" in 1990. and aided in the distinguishing of Kuwaiti oil field fires in 1991. Served most of his duties as a member of the USMC Doctrines Implementation Committee till his Honorable Discharge in a First Lieutenant.
Michael Searfoss
Michael Searfoss Class of 1965
Air Force, 20+ Years
AFOSI MSgt Retired. 10 1/2 years overseas, 12 Stateside mostly Texas (7 different bases) Retired in Florida.
ned belding
ned belding Class of 1955
Air Force, 6 Years
United States Air Force Security Service
Neil A. Powers
Neil A. Powers Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years
Retired MSgt after 22 years Worked in the Intelligence Career fields. Stationed in Italy, Korea, Hawaii, Virginia and California 3 times After retiring in 1998, continued working in the Intelligence Arena as a Govt Contractor
Robert James Houchin HM2 DDS
Robert James Houchin HM2 DDS Class of 1965
Navy, 3 Years
Served as a Hospital Corpsman Service in I Corps VietNam from Tet 1968 to Thanksgiving 1969

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Class of '82

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CHS 40th class reunion, March, 2015 class of 1975

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