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

Bill Springer
Bill Springer Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
Retired as a Colonel in 2000. Active duty during Operation Desert Storm. Missile Combat Crew Commander, F E Warren AFB, WY.(active duty 1971 to 1975).
Blake Stocker
Blake Stocker Class of 2001
Marine Corps, 4 Years
0351 Infantry Rockets and Demolitions
Charles L. Lander
Charles L. Lander Class of 1962
Army, 7 Years
Company commander with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. Aide to Deputy Chief of Staff of Logistics at the Pentagon in 1969. Left the service as a Major in 1974.
Cheri Lewis O'Connor
Cheri Lewis O'Connor Class of 1970
Marine Corps, 2 Years
Spent two years as an active duty Woman Marine, primarily in Barstow, CA. Went on to work as an Air Force civilian financial manager for 27 years, including nine years in the Pentagon, before returning to the Marine Corps as a Civilian Marine acquisition program financial lead.
Darcy Vernier
Darcy Vernier Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 5 Years
CH-46 Helicopter pilot in Vietnam 69-70, awarded three DFCs and 50 Air Medals. T-28 instructor in Pensacola. Got out in 1972 as a Captain.
Darren Shull
Darren Shull Class of 1989
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Combat Veteran
Dennis Heppner
Dennis Heppner Class of 1966
National Guard, 20+ Years
I started my military carer with the Air National Guard shortly after graduation and completed 40 years before I retired in 2006. I was a jet aircraft crewchief, then a Flight Engineer on various transport aircraft, and finishing in the Mobility arena as an E9.
Erich Grosse
Erich Grosse Class of 1970
Navy, 2 Years
Went to sonar school in San Diego, then to the USS McMorris DE1036, which went to Vietnam in 1972. We came back and I got an early out and returned to Great Falls.
Frank A. Mason
Frank A. Mason Class of 1961
Marine Corps, 5 Years
Avionics Radar Tech. Four yrs. College. Worked for AT&T and Kaiser Permanente. Retired and living in Oregon City with my wife.
Harry M. Johnson
Harry M. Johnson Class of 1954
Marine Corps, 3 Years
served honorably in USMC 1957-1960
Kathleen (Valacich) Wilda
Kathleen (Valacich) Wilda Class of 1975
National Guard, 20+ Years
Jet Engine Mechanic, administration
Kathy Valacich Wilda
Kathy Valacich Wilda Class of 1975
National Guard, 20+ Years
Administration, Jet Engine Mechanic
Larry Emil Wilda
Larry Emil Wilda Class of 1970
National Guard, 20+ Years
Joined Montana air Guard in 1971. Motor pool, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Munitions Services.
Leo Russell Closson Jr.
Leo Russell Closson Jr. Class of 1958
Navy, 20+ Years
Enlisted in the Naval Reserve Oct 1958, bootcamp 1959, active duty USS Ernest G. Small DDR 8383 - 1959-1961, returned to active duty 1962-1982. Retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SKCM) .
Marc Canright
Marc Canright Class of 1992
Army, 20+ Years
I have served during the Gulf, Iraq & Afghanistan Wars. Active duty I was a Diesel Technician followed by Reserve time due to an injury ending my Active status. I became an Instructor in 2000 and have taught Diesel Technology and currently teach Ammunition.
Michael L. Barnes
Michael L. Barnes Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years
Vietnam 1966 through 1968. River Patrol Force serving in the Mekong Delta
Robert G Herbert
Robert G Herbert Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years
Joined the US Army after ROTC and college. Served in the Infantry for 3 years and then voluntered for Special Forces. Graduated from Ranger School, Airborne school and The SF qualification Course. Worked in Central America for several Years .Left the active Army and stayed in reserves - serving in Special Forces staff positions in Europe. Retired from the reserves after 22 years but was called back to Active duty and served on the SF Hq's during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) as well as the planning staff for Iraq. Re-retired and waiting for retirement.
Shane Lenox
Shane Lenox Class of 1997
Army, 6 Years
Two tours of duty Iraq
Shane Lenox
Shane Lenox Class of 1997
Army, 7 Years
7 years of service, 27 months in combat, honorably discharged. Disabled veteran
shawn p. doney
shawn p. doney Class of 1998
Navy, 8 Years
naval special warfare/ weapons tech.

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Cora Marsh
Class of '82

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a Military Person

Carol Roberts, Helseth
41 years in the Military -- living in Colorado
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