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

Ana Walton
Ana Walton Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years
Retired 1 July 2006
Barry R. Cohen
Barry R. Cohen Class of 1975
Air Force, 4 Years
1LT and KC-135A Pilot, Fairchild AFB, WA
Brian Sommers
Brian Sommers Class of 1990
Air Force, 13 Years
EW stationed at Offutt AFB, Ne EW instructor at Keesler AFB, MS EW instructor at Lackland AFB, TX
Bryan Holloman
Bryan Holloman Class of 2000
Army, 4 Years
Graduated Army OCS (Ft. Benning, GA) in 2009. Currently serving on active duty in the Ordnance Corps.
Carl "TANK" Shireman
Carl "TANK" Shireman Class of 1976
Navy, 20+ Years
served as an instructor NAVY FIGHTER WEAPONS SCHOOL- TOPGUN post Desert Storm service as tactical officer onboard USS SARATOGA. Introduced Advanced Combat Display System into Battlefleet as liasion with John Hopkins Applied Phyics Lab. Served as aerial still photographer at NAS Miramar during filming of TOPGUN with Tom Cruise. Published in numerous books and periodicals while also serving as senior photgrapher at Mach1, the largest aviation publisher in the world.
Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley Class of 1977
Army, 6 Years
Served in Korea as a mountain warfare instructor .
Chris Russell
Chris Russell Class of 1995
Navy, 12 Years
Rescue Swimmer Instructor OIF/OEF veteran
Daarel Burnette
Daarel Burnette Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years
I retired from the United States Air Force on December 31, 2000. I culminated a long and distinguished career as a finance officer at many professional levels. In my final assignment, I had the responsibility for executing the Air Force logistics supply procurement mission by planning and acquiring $20 billion in spare parts supporting war fighters. I was commissioned through Georgia Tech's Reserve Officer Training Corp and served in a variety of command and staff assignments. A career finance officer, I commanded a controller squadron and a logistics division, and served staff tours in major commands, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Pentagon.
David Williams
David Williams Class of 1976
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). Desert Storm veteran. Retired after 24 years of service with 12 years as enlisted and 12 years as an officer retiring at the rank of Captain. Photo taken while off the coast of Singapore, 1990.
Dewayne Blackmon
Dewayne Blackmon Class of 1989
Army, 20+ Years
Serving as a Army Congressional Fellow
Gary Whitworth
Gary Whitworth Class of 1987
Army, 4 Years
1989-1993 Gulf War and Germany
Gil Henry Ballmes
Gil Henry Ballmes Class of 1972
Army, 8 Years
I had 8 1/2 years on active duty in the Army, starting out in Military Intelligence then got my commission and was an Engineering Officer. After I got out I joined the Illinois National Guard keeping my rank of Captain but got passed over for promotion to Major. Finished out my Guard career as an E-4, parts clerk/dispatcher but having over 10 years of commission time I retired as a Captain, in 1998. Had to wait 14 years til I turned 60 before I got my first retirement check. ;)
Hal Greer
Hal Greer Class of 1976
Navy, 4 Years
QM2 served aboard USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) Middle East Deployment in '77 Med Deployment in '78 Charleston shipyards '79 Honarble Discharge in '80
Jeffery M. Fuller
Jeffery M. Fuller Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years
Fast Attack Submarine navigation and operations supervisor. Retired as QMC(SS), (E-7/Chief Petty Officer). Basically, I hunted for the Red October.
Jeffrey W. (Jeff) Watson
Jeffrey W. (Jeff) Watson Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years
United States Army, 1975-1979; Specialist Fifth Class (E-5); United States Air Force, 1986-2006; Air Force Judge Advocate (JAG); Colonel (retired); now residing in Shalimar, Florida.
Jerode Habas
Jerode Habas Class of 1996
Army, 4 Years
Airborne Infantryman with 82nd Airborne Division from 1997-2001.
Jerome M. Hall
Jerome M. Hall Class of 1995
Navy, 14 Years
Still serving on adtive duty.
Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years
Started out as a tanker ultimatly becoming a Tank Commander and later went into communications repair working at the Florida Rangers Camp on Eglin AFB for a while. Ended up in WV as an Army Recruiter and Station Commander culminating my career as Assistant Operations in Beckley, WV. Two tours in Germany and a short tour in Korea with a tour in Louisiana where my son was born.
joe tingles
joe tingles Class of 1988
Navy, 18 Years
navy seal
John A. Ferko
John A. Ferko Class of 1982
Air Force, 15 Years
Chief, Exercise Branch and Senior Missile Correlation Center Evaluator, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO

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Class of '72

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School News

Dana Sexton Weightman

In the Plattsburgh, NY newspaper there was an obituary for Dana Sexton Weightman, class of 1988. I can see her family fr...
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