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

Adolph (Skip) Niehoff
Adolph (Skip) Niehoff Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years
Trained in Denver Colorado, then went to Bitburg Germany and maintained the F4 C,D and E Phantom Fighter Radar System and Balistic Computers. I then Went to Seymore Johnson AFB in Goldsboro NC and repaired the Radar Board parts down to the component. I then Moved to Hickory North Carolina and got my Electronic Engineering Degree. I worked for NCR Corp for 31 years, and am now living in Newton. IMy wife is Linda and my kids are, Jeremy.Katie, and Paul. Paul was a US Marine and served in the Middle East. He is now out and lives close by.
Art Arrowsmith
Art Arrowsmith Class of 1957
Air Force, 4 Years
Electronic technical school and missile training on the TM61C Martin Matador at Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado, then launch crew training at Orlando, Florida, then off to Korea for a year. After that, assigned to Vandenberg AFB in California for the ration of my enlistment working on the Titan I ICBM during the development program.
Barbara O'Brien (Beanie)
Barbara O'Brien (Beanie) Class of 1969
Navy, 3 Years
Dental Assistant served in San Diego and Quantico, VA. Colorado Air National Guard 1year
Brian Mazzone
Brian Mazzone Class of 1985
Navy, 20+ Years
20 years as Naval Aircrew and Aviation Machinist. Spend tours in Norfolk, Va, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico Flying and Maintaining H-3, H-53 Helicopters and C-130 Cargo Aircraft. Retire April 2007.
Buddy Lerch (Sgt. Archer L. Lerch III)
Buddy Lerch (Sgt. Archer L. Lerch III) Class of 1969
Air Force, 4 Years
Military journalist, editor of the Reese Roundup at Reese AFB, TX in 1972-4. Reese was a pilot training base using T-37 and T-38 Talon trainer aircraft. I got out in December of 1974 as an E-4 ("buck sergeant").
burke aaron knapp
burke aaron knapp Class of 1987
Air Force, 4 Years
communications specialist
Carl A. Johnson
Carl A. Johnson Class of 1986
Army, 19 Years
Served with 19yrs service. Been stationed in Germany for 14 yrs. Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Vilseck, Wiesbaden, and K-town. Ft. Riley, Kansas, and currently in Ft. Bliss, Tx. Served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Poland, Iraq OIF1, and Afghanistan twice. My last assignment was in Afghanistan 08 training Afghan Soldiers and Police. Due to retire in 13 months. Can't Wait!
Carl S. Harper
Carl S. Harper Class of 2013
Army, 1 Years
Paratrooper with the 173rd 2/503rd Destined Company Stationed out of Italy. Carl has traveled all through Europe training and gaining trust with our NATO allied forces. He has defined himself as a soldier and as a fellow friend. He is Destined for victory as an Airborne Paratrooper with the 173rd. Sky Soldiers!!
Don Parsons
Don Parsons Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Special Operations Helicopter Pilot
Donna Courtney
Donna Courtney Class of 1968
National Guard, 20+ Years
Arizona Air National Guard
Fred Winton Smith, Jr.
Fred Winton Smith, Jr. Class of 1985
Navy, 20+ Years
Captain Winton Smith is a native of Wyoming and a 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a B.A. with distinction in History and German. His career has been marked by service in every Combatant Command theater of operation as well three tours working for senior leaders in the Joint Staff and United States Navy. He has participated in 10 named operations supporting U.S. military efforts in and around Kuwait, Iraq, Columbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Korea, China, Taiwan, nine Carrier Strike Group deployments, and various counter-narcotic, counter-mine, and counter-sea infiltration operations. Afloat, he most recently had the great life privilege to serve as the Commanding Officer of the guided missile destroyer, USS Higgins (DDG 76). Other tours afloat include: Executive Officer in USS Lake Champlain (CG 57); Operations Officer on the staff of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen; Operations Officer in USS Curts (FFG 38); and Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant, and Engineering Maintenance Materials Officer in USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51). Ashore, he currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. Prior to that, he commanded Naval Base San Diego. Other tours include: Executive Assistant to the Commander of Navy Installations Command; Director of Maritime Warfighting and Department Head Training at Surface Warfare Officers School Command; Executive Assistant to the Joint Staff’s War on Terrorism Deputy Director; Strategic planner and lead author of the National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism while assigned to the Strategy & Policy Directorate of the Joint Staff; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations; Strategic planner in the Navy’s Strategic Concepts Branch; and policy planner in the Navy’s Ocean Policy Branch. Smith is a graduate of the Navy’s Corporate Business Course taught at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI. He earned a Masters with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Masters in Foreign Affairs cum laude from the University of Virginia. Crews with whom Smith served have earned five unit commendations including the “Battle Efficiency” award for operational excellence. While in command, Naval Base San Diego was recognized on more than 30 occasions for achievements in energy management, environmental stewardship, community service, and outstanding support to the Fleet, Fighter, & Family. The City of San Diego recognized him as one of the Top Influentials for 2013. His 16 personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. Captain Smith is married to the former Miss Kara Burge of Springboro, Ohio. They have two sons, Pierce and Dash. Team Smith interests include a variety of outdoor sports and activities.
Gail Casteel Apland
Gail Casteel Apland Class of 1973
Navy Reserves, 6 Years
RN, Ltjg; served 2 years active duty at Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA and 4 years inactive reserve.
George A. Flynn
George A. Flynn Class of 1956
Navy, 3 Years
Completed Aviation Officers Candidate school in Pensacola, Fla., in January 1962. Served as administrative officer aboard USS Saratoga (CVA60) and at the Key West Test and Evaluation Detachment, completing Navy reserve tour as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in 1965.
Jason Abel
Jason Abel Class of 1999
Navy, 6 Years
USS Harry S Truman
Jeff Hosfeld
Jeff Hosfeld Class of 1982
Air Force, 15 Years
Served 6 years active duty in Security Police and provided security for Air Force One & Two along with President George HW Bush. Now serving in the VA Air National Guard after being out 13 years.
John Leo Riley
John Leo Riley Class of 1984
Army, 7 Years
Mechanized Infantry 1989-1996 24th Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, GA 2nd Armored Division / 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Hood, TX Desert Shield/Desert Storm vet
John Leo Riley
John Leo Riley Class of 1984
Army, 7 Years
Army Infantryman from 1989-1996... Desert Shield/Storm vet.
Jose Gordon
Jose Gordon Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Served in 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 1983-2000. Became Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commandant and Department of Military Instruction (DMI) at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and retired in 2003. Deployed with 1st Ranger Battalion and served in Operation Urgent Fury Grenada Invasion 1983, Operations in Central America 1983-1986, Global Contingency Operations 1986-1989, Operation Just Cause invasion of Panama 1989, Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Iris Gold 1990-1991, Contingency Operations Balkans, Africa (Horn of Africa) 1994-1999, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operations Enduring Freedom - ongoing.
Jose Gordon
Jose Gordon Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Served in 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 1983-2000. Deployed with 1st Ranger Battalion to Operation Urgent Fury, invasion of Grenada 1983, Combat Operation in Central America 1983-1986, Global Contingency Operations 1986-1989, Operation Just Cause, 1989, Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Iris Gold, 1990-1991, Contingency Operations Balkans 1995-1999, Operations Enduring Freedom and Operations Iraqi Freedom (ongoing) as a member of an Army Special Mission Unit
Joshua Levine
Joshua Levine Class of 1999
Army, 5 Years
Josh is currently serving with the US Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group out of Fort Meade, MD. He has been to Afghanistan twice and is slated to go to Iraq early next year (2010). He has been to various posts including Fort Knox, KY, Fort Gordon, GA and Fort Bragg, NC. He military specialty is in satellite communications.

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