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

Brian Russell
Brian Russell Class of 1988
National Guard, 20+ Years
After almost 6 years on active duty and service during Operations Desert Shield and Storm, I joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994. I most recently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. I was also activated for deployment to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. I have been a Soldier every single day of my adult life, although retirement is near...
Chris Foust
Chris Foust Class of 2001
Air Force, 7 Years
I was a Crew Chief on the F-16 Fighting Falcon but now I have a new job and I'm a Flight Engineer on the E-3 AWACS. I'm active duty currently stationed in Oklahoma, I sure miss Oregon, and plan on staying in 20 years. Thanks for your support of the Military!!
Dennis C.W. Smith
Dennis C.W. Smith Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years
Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls for 2 years, Utapao, Thailand, 1 Year Minot AFB, N.D. Inventory Management Atomic Munitions Armed Forces Radio and Television
Douglas Baer
Douglas Baer Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Served in the Military Police Corps for 21 years. Stationed in Germany for 10 years, Japan for 4 years and stateside for 7 years (KY, TX, MD)
Espedito Minervine
Espedito Minervine Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years
Primary AFS was Security Forces with secondary AFS of Professional Military Education Instructor, Career Assistance Advisor, and First Term Airman Center NCOIC. Bases included Malmstrom AFB, MT; RAF Lakenheath and RAF Feltwell, United Kingdom; and Eglin AFB, FL.
Fred Warner
Fred Warner Class of 1958
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Served from 1958 to 1962 with 3rd Bn. 11th Marines, First Marine Division. After NCO school served as Communications Section Chief and as an Artillery Forward Observer. Honorable Discharge in 1962.
james shope
james shope Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years
served 27 years as enlisted and officer. attended USC majoring in cinema through AECP. commissioned in sept 68 and attended flight scool at randolph afb. deployed to vietnam in AC-119K gunships where i served a long and short tour, returning to florida to be an instructor. after hostilities ceased, became flight instructor at craig afb in selma alabama, then attended F-4 school at homestead afb. posted to nellis afb for two years, command and staff school for a year, then f-4s again at torrejon afb in spain. selected to train in F-16s. last assignment was air liason officer with 8th infantry division in germany. retired in 1987, the flew for horizon air in portland and united airlines. retired in 2002 off the 747.
jeffrey matheny
jeffrey matheny Class of 1980
Navy, 8 Years
search and rescue swimmer/ aviation supply.. served on three different air craft carriers. one in japan the other two in san diego.
Jim Halstead
Jim Halstead Class of 1987
Coast Guard, 5 Years
Health Services Technician, EMT, Physical Fitness Instructor Recruit Training.
Michael Hollenbeck
Michael Hollenbeck Class of 1988
Navy, 16 Years
Joined in '92, and went to submarine duty as a Mess Management Specialist (later Culinary Specialist). First stationed on USS Drum (SSN-677) in San Diego, CA. In '95, went to USS Olympia (SSN-717) in Pearl Harbor, HI. In '97, went to Submarine Base Bangor, WA. In '01, went to USS Augusta (SSN-710) in Groton, CT. Finally, in '05, came to Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA. In '09, the navy politely told me to leave, and I went to Trident Refit Facility Kings Bay as an Marine Machinery Mechanic Apprentice. In 2013, I graduated the apprenticeship, and traded up to Instrument Mechanic in 2016.
philip cortland
philip cortland Class of 1973
Army, 8 Years
I was in the signal corps and was stationed in Germany on two tours. the first tour was with charlie company,1st sig bn,7th sig bde from jan 74 to Jun 77; and 252nd sig company,69th sig bn,7th sig group,8th sig command theater. setting up and maintain radio commo tactical. and repair and maintain secure data and voice comm crypto equipment.
Sam Blake
Sam Blake Class of 1979
Army, 12 Years
2 years active duty & 10 years Nationl Guard
Stanley P. Shope
Stanley P. Shope Class of 1966
National Guard, 20+ Years
Retired as full Colonel (0-6). Deployed with 41st Bde for OEF tour in Afghanistan, June 06-Jul 07, where I spent my year as the Regional Police Advisor, RC North, located in Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan. Retired in July 2007 with over 30 years active and NG service.
Tom Abbott
Tom Abbott Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years
Served from 1966 to 1970. I was assigned to the US Naval Security Group and had assignments in Pensacola, Florida, Guam, Okinawa and various TAD assignments in the Western Pacific.
Tom Carrigan
Tom Carrigan Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years
Command and Control Tech.

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