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

Cheryl Pagodin Drak
Cheryl Pagodin Drak Class of 1974
Navy, 2 Years
I was a Radioman 2nd Class. I also did USN Reserves.
Christopher W Rooney
Christopher W Rooney Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years
Submarine and Surface ship repair force
Cynthia Bagby
Cynthia Bagby Class of 1973
Army, 8 Years
Joined Army in 1976 as a cook. I was discharged in1979 and rejoined in 1987 and was discharged in 1993. I was in medical supply. I served in desert storm /shield in 1991.
Ed Rosina
Ed Rosina Class of 1964
Air Force, 4 Years
Clark A F B Philippines with two TDY's to Vietnam where I met up with best friend and classmate Mike Gallagher in 1966 at Binh Thuy near Cantho. We had enlisted together a year earlier. I finished my four year hitch at Pease AFB training electronic countermeasures to B-52 crews. Mike did 25 plus years in Special Ops Parerescue and retired with rank of Major.
james kuzianik
james kuzianik Class of 1974
National Guard, 20+ Years
I was Active Amy, Then finished out my time in The Guard! I retired out of FT. Dix, N.J., I WAS MO I was active Army, Then I finished out with the Guard! i had many duty's, mechanic, power generator repair, track vehecles, M 1 tanks, Apc's, locksmith, once i made sergent, then it was logistics! After i left the Military with 26 years, i went full time with my Locksmith business, i also went & earned my Accociates in business as well, i was bought out! by a Company i knew very well, sold the house, retired to South Carolina, where i'm a free lance Trumpet player!
James Zacchino
James Zacchino Class of 1968
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Served 6 years in the Marine Corps to include a combat tour to Vietnam (1969). Served 14 1/2 years in the Army.
Joe Kaczorek
Joe Kaczorek Class of 1990
Air Force, 15 Years
John Armitage
John Armitage Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years
Radioman 3rd Class. served in Iceland, USS Northampton CC-1 Presidental command ship, and USS Columbus CG-12 Guioded missle cruiser, Did a cruise to the Med for 6 months and then got out.
Joseph M. Edwards
Joseph M. Edwards Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years
US Army Military Police Corp. Top Secret security clearance, served as an ordinance security specialist.
Joseph Runyon
Joseph Runyon Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served in the AF Air Weather Service as a Weather Observer, Weather Forecaster and finally as a Weather Manager the entire 20 years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant (E9). Served 2 tours in Vietnam during the war and another tour in Okinawa.
Judy Parker Blecha
Judy Parker Blecha Class of 1974
Army, 3 Years
71Charlie (stenographer) at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Promoted to SP5 by a total of 3 stars once I finished my 2nd year... :)
Mark B. Trauner
Mark B. Trauner Class of 1975
Navy, 10 Years
Joined the US Navy Dec 75.Served recruit training in Orlando FL.Went on to Boiler turbine and steam propulsion school in Great Lakes ILL.Served aboard USS Morton DD948 at Pearl Harbor,USS Rathburn FF1087 at Pearl,and Naval Submarine Base Pearl. USS Dixie AD48 San Diego.USS John F. Kennedy Norfolk. Deployed on 2 Wespacs 2 Indian Ocean and 1 Med cruises. Evacuted troops from Vietnam, hostages from Iran in 79 and hostages in Lebenon in the Med. Achieved rank of Petty Officer First class and was awaiting results to become Chief Petty Officer when i had to get out due to family issues. All in all i learned alot and have the Navy to thank for the career i have today and for the past 28 years in Local 9 refrigeration union.
Michael Bardzak
Michael Bardzak Class of 1979
Air Force, 16 Years
Stationed in Amsterdam, Little Rock Ar. C-130 Loadmaster.
Michael Bardzak
Michael Bardzak Class of 1979
National Guard, 20+ Years
Full time C-130 Loadmaster
michael horkay
michael horkay Class of 1986
Army, 20+ Years
Currently on Active Duty at United States Central Command at MacDill AFB FL
Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer Class of 1990
Army, 16 Years
Army 1994-1994 active duty. Army as a contract since 2000
Rick Beekman
Rick Beekman Class of 1962
Navy, 6 Years
Aboard two Aircraft Carriers, Radioman and Radarman visited 15 Nations. Vietnam Era Vet.
Rick Beekman
Rick Beekman Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years
USS Antietam (CVS-36) Radio man USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) Radarman Both ships are Aircraft Carriers. Visited 17 foreign countries.
Rick Beekman
Rick Beekman Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years
USS Antietam (
Rick Beekman
Rick Beekman Class of 1962
Navy, 6 Years
USS Antietam (CVS-36) Radioman USS Franklin D Roosevelt (CVA-42) Radarman

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Class of '75

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