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

(Reese)Raymond Suarez
(Reese)Raymond Suarez Class of 1991
Army, 4 Years
Served in Somilia (Restore Hope).
CMCS(SCW) Nathan A. Rhoad
CMCS(SCW) Nathan A. Rhoad Class of 1991
Navy, 20+ Years
PHOENIX – About once a week, at the National Cemetery off Cave Creek and Pinnacle Peak Roads, Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Nathan Rhoad can be found playing taps or presenting the U.S. flag to a Navy family. “It’s my honor to provide that service for somebody and their family in their final resting place,” he said. Rhoad has volunteered his services at the cemetery for six years. Having served for 22 years in the military, Rhoad knows sacrifice. It started back in 1992, when he enlisted with the Navy to provide stability for a girlfriend he had hoped to make his wife. “She carried the gene for hemophilia,” he said. “We knew if we had a son he would have hemophilia.” They needed the medical coverage, so he joined as an undesignated firefighter. “I made the poor decision,” he said. “The word ‘fireman’ sounded glamorous to me.” But, he soon learned “undesignated” meant the Navy could send him wherever it chose. He spent the first years working in boiler rooms and machine rooms as an engineer. He resigned himself to accepting it as steady work. “I thought, keep my mouth shut and battle through it.” He was serving as a machinist mate aboard frigate U.S.S. Jesse L. Brown (FFT-1089) in 1994, when the federal government announced it was closing his base in Mobile, Alabama. “We really didn’t have the choice to stay, so I moved back to Phoenix and started to serve as a reserve,” he said. A year later, he and his wife had a healthy baby girl they named Sidney. By 1998, at the end of his reserve commitment, he had worked his way to the highest level in his field as a machinist Third Class Petty Officer. “We were taking advancement test for a position that didn’t offer any advancement.” So, he left the military for full-time civilian life. That didn’t last long. The celebrated Seabees, the Civil Engineering Battalion of the Navy, put out an ad for experienced Navy mechanics. He re-enlisted in 2001 six months before the Sept. 11 attack. On that day, Rhoad said, “I got a call from my fire team leader asking whether I wanted to volunteer to go to Iraq?” He wasn’t keen on the idea but, he said he didn’t hesitate once his team leader said he was going. “Because as a Seabee in the Navy, when someone in the ranks steps forward, you don’t allow them to go forward without you.” They deployed to the Middle East building bases for Army and Marine troops. “Our motto is, ‘We Build, We Fight,’ which means as we’re building a bridge, or a building, or a roadway, we are ready to defend it while we build it.” It rarely happened, but he said, “On my second tour to Iraq, I was a on a crew called ‘The Rock Hounds,’ ” delivering sand, gravel and rock by the truckloads across the military zones. His job for the convoy was to keep the vehicles rolling. “An IED went off two trucks ahead of mine.” While trapped in a kill-zone, Rhoad jumped out of his truck, fixed the vehicle and all of the members in his convoy returned safely to base camp. He was honored to be among the veterans chosen as grand marshals in this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade, but said he is no hero. “I didn’t earn any bronze stars, silver stars, or purple hearts. I was lucky enough to come out unscathed.” But, not really. Three deployments have cost him two marriages. “My families have been through more than anything that I’ve been through out there,” he admitted. “When I am out there with my brothers and sisters in arms, we’re out there in a common environment … we have each other to rely on.” Back home, he credited the families. “They’re left to figure it out on their own.” Through his years in the service, his daughter Sidney has remained at his side, but “Sidney’s got a couple of brothers through my second marriage, that neither she nor I have seen since May of 2007.” His sons Rolan and Dillon Rhoad were 2 and 4 then. Rhoad was heading out on another deployment and gave his ex-wife instructions for initiating their sons’ medical coverage. “A couple weeks later, I got a certified letter stating she and her new husband were moving to Maryland.” It was the last he would hear of them. When he returned and tried to find his sons, they were no longer in Maryland. The boys are 10 and 12 now, and he hopes to find them one day. “I would definitely love to see them and be a part of their lives.” Until then, he has found comfort playing taps and presenting the American flag to families who’ve lost their loved ones who have served the country.
David Altman
David Altman Class of 2003
Navy, 6 Years
Two Westpac tours on the USS RONALD REAGAN, a realaxing shore tour in US Naval Base Guam.
David Neal Vines
David Neal Vines Class of 1980
Air Force, 4 Years
Arizona Air National Guard, 107 Tactical Control, June 1980 - April 1982, US Air Force, 2179 Comm. Group, Patrick AFB., Florida, April 1982 - November 1984
Francis Stegemeier
Francis Stegemeier Class of 1983
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served in Desert Shield/Storm, Kosovo Conflict and 4 tours to Afghanistan.
James Shear
James Shear Class of 1984
Navy, 20+ Years
Retired as a Chief Petty Officer, spent 20 years serving overseas, last four in Atlanta, just returned to Phoenix.
Larry Melton
Larry Melton Class of 1989
Marine Corps, 3 Years
Joined the Marines to see the world and never left San Diego.
Lisa Robinson
Lisa Robinson Class of 1979
Air Force, 4 Years
Medical Service Specialist Travis AFB, CA Andrews AFB, MD
Michael Pierre
Michael Pierre Class of 1983
Navy, 10 Years
Stationed on 2 ships; USS Chandler and USS Thomas S. Gates. Traveled aroud world 2 1/2 Times!
Michael Pierre
Michael Pierre Class of 1984
Navy, 10 Years
Michael served on 2 ships, USS Chandler DDG-996 and USS Thomas S. Gates CG-51. Has made 3 deployment to the Persian Gulf and traveled around the world 2 1/2 times.
Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Major Ashcroft in Kabul 2009
Robert E Ashcroft
Robert E Ashcroft Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Co c 3/75th Ranger Ft Benning GA 1984-1987 Honor Graduate Ranger class 5/86 Rank SGT United States Army Reserve= 1987-PRESENT Graduate OCS 1991 Graduate Infantry Officer Basic Course.Quarter Master Advance course,CGSC, ILE phase 1 & 2 Some Units assigned: 11TH SF GROUP 1ST LT 42ST QM Light Air drop group Present RANK: Major Awards: Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist, Rigger Badge, Combat Action Badge, Jumpmaster, Served as Air drop officer Bosnia conflict Veteran Operation Iraq Freedom 2004-2005 917th CSG Q-west IRAQ Current assignment Ft Gillem GA 2007-PRESENT
Ron Bruce
Ron Bruce Class of 1987
Navy, 20+ Years
Retired 01 Feb 2011

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Raymond(reese) Suarez
Class of '91

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