Harrisonburg High School Alumni

Harrisonburg, Virginia (VA)

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Military High School 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

Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Class of 2001
Navy, 2 Years

Naval Aviator. MH-60R Pilot.
Andrew Douglas Neff
Andrew Douglas Neff
Class of 2007
Army, 1 Years

Currently in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Training to become a member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD/89D) in the upcoming months. Graduated from HHS in 2007 and served as the Battalion Commander for JROTC his senior year.
Anthony Braithwaite
Anthony Braithwaite
Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

U.S. Marine Infantry Leader, Mountain Warfare Instructor.
Benjamin Kimsey
Benjamin Kimsey
Class of 2002
Army, 8 Years

8 Years enlisted in the Army National Guard. Deployed to Guantanamo and Afghanistan. VMI Graduate 2009. Now serving active Duty as Infantry officer.
Beth (Bowman) Holt
Beth (Bowman) Holt
Class of 1973
Army, 6 Years

Joined the Women's Army Corps (WACs) in 1974; served at US Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany and then at Fort Sam Houston, Texas (San Antonio). Honorably discharged and became Federal Employee; have worked for the US Government for over 30 years.
Blaine Franklin Jones, Jr. (Ben)
Blaine Franklin Jones, Jr. (Ben)
Class of 1978
Army, 19 Years

Active Communication Sergeant 18E, 10th SFG, 1st Battalion, detached Bad Tolz; Army Communications Sergeant/Chief 18E/29T,NATO, AFCENT, ACE, LCO Baumholder, detached CAFB Baden Soellingen; 3rd SFG, Alpha364, Co. C, 2nd Battalion, detached JCET; 3rd SFG, 1st Battalion, detached Kabul; Inactive Communication Sergeant/Chief18E/29T, 35th Signal Brigade , 514th Signal Company, LRE Deployable, Fort Bragg > Fort Gorden
Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith
Class of 2001
Navy, 8 Years

Served 8 years in the United States Navy on active duty as a Hospital Corpsman with the Marines. Deployed for two years to okinawa, japan with 12th marines artillery battery. Deployed to fallujah Iraq in 2005. Stationed at Recruit training command from 2004 to 2007. Stationed with Marine Corps security forces from 2007 to 2009, deployed to bahrain, jordan, and djibuti africa.
Cathy (Fisher) Bryant
Cathy (Fisher) Bryant
Class of 1981
Army, 8 Years

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Charles
Charles
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 8 Years

3 tours in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan with 3rd Force Reconnaissance as a Scout Sniper.
Charles Henley
Charles Henley
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 8 Years

Three Tours In Iraq and 1 Tour in Afghanistan
Ed Spitler
Ed Spitler
Class of 1978
Army, 6 Years

SGT. US ARMY Active. MOS 31Z
Edward L. Rader, Jr.
Edward L. Rader, Jr.
Class of 1978
Army, 20+ Years

Spent over 21 years in the U.S. Army. Retired at the rank of First Sergeant (1SG) and was selected for promotion on the Command Sergeant Major list. Selected as the 106th member of the Audey Murphy Club. Recieved both the Bronze and Silver medallion as an inductee into the Order of Saint Geroge for the calvary soldier. Served in the Army in different positions , ranging from Tank Commander, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Tactics Trainer- NTC Live Fire Division, Small Group Insturctor for Combat Arms Tactics, Master Fitness Traininer, Brigade Security Manager and finally was the First Sergeant for two Headquarters and Headquarters Companies, and a Marine Corps Training Company. Retired in 1999 turning down the rank of Command Sergeant Major due to family priorities.
Eric E. Jenkins
Eric E. Jenkins
Class of 1983
Army, 20+ Years

Served 24 years in the U.S. Army
Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins
Class of 1983
Army, 20+ Years

Served 24 years in the Army and now I'm retired!
James Michael Rowe
James Michael Rowe
Class of 1978
Air Force, 15 Years

Law Enforcement Officer. Served USAF bases in Florida, North Dakota, Belgium, Germany and Wyoming. Served during the first gullf war. Honorably discharged and retired in 1995.
James Richard Lecomte
James Richard Lecomte
Class of 1984
Coast Guard, 21 Years

Served in Virginia, Alaska, South Carolina, and Florida. Spent the summer of 1991 in the Persian Gulf.
Jason Coffey
Jason Coffey
Class of 1989
Coast Guard, 17 Years

Coast Guard Boot Camp Nov 91 - Jan 92, CG Cutter BEAR 92-94, CG Station Milford Haven 94-95, CG Group Hampton Roads 95-97, CG Training Center Yorktown 97-03, CG Integrated Support Command Portsmouth 03-07, Maritime Saftey and Security Team San Francisco 07-Present .
Jason S. Keller
Jason S. Keller
Class of 2003
Army, 5 Years

Graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 2007. Currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the Signal Corps and assigned to III Corps, Ft. Hood, TX.
Jeff Damron
Jeff Damron
Class of 1992
Marine Corps, 4 Years

M.O.S. 0311 Stationed in 29 Palms, CA
two pumps to Okinawa, Japan and Thailand
Jeff Damron
Jeff Damron
Class of 1992
Marine Corps, 4 Years

29 Palms, Okinawa Japan, and Thailand
Jeremiah R. Weaver
Jeremiah R. Weaver
Class of 2003
Air Force, 5 Years

Graduated from the University of Oklahoma ROTC (served USAFR), Class of 2007. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in December 2007 and will be assigned to AWACS Command after an additional 2-3 years of USAF training.
Jerry Marcum
Jerry Marcum
Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Motor Transport Maintenance Chief, Instructor, 2 Combat tours
Jerry Marcum
Jerry Marcum
Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Retired May 2009 as a Master Sergeant. 22Yrs.
Jim Walker
Jim Walker
Class of 1958
Air Force, 20+ Years

Enlisted November 19 - retired December 1980
Jonathan W.G. "Jack" DeFabio
Jonathan W.G. "Jack" DeFabio
Class of 2002
Army, 6 Years

Graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 2006. Currently a 1st Lieutenant of Cavalry and assigned to the 25th Infantry Division.
Joseph L. Liskey
Joseph L. Liskey
Class of 2002
Marine Corps, 9 Years

Staff Sgt. Liskey currently serving with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp LeJuene, NC. Has completed 2 combat tours to Iraq, 1 in Afghanistan, received Presidential Unit Citation and 3 Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, among many more.
Kaitlin E. Stevenson
Kaitlin E. Stevenson
Class of 2002
Army, 6 Years

Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University Army ROTC (served USAR) in 2007. She was commissioned an active duty officer in 2007 and is currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and assigned to duty in Maryland.
Kent Alan DeVault
Kent Alan DeVault
Class of 1973
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years after graduating. Now a 911 Supervisor at Palm Bay Police Department for past 18 years.
Lewis (Sonny) Taylor
Lewis (Sonny) Taylor
Class of 1965
Army, 6 Years

A combat medic serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. Recipient of the Combat Medic Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star (V), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal (4 Oak leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal. Wounded two times and retired with a service-connected disability.
Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis
Class of 2006
Army, 2 Years

He is currently stationed in Germany assigned to 1st AD 2nd Brigade Combat Team. And is Supporting the Operation Iraqi Freedom Fight
Michael Colon Rivera
Michael Colon Rivera
Class of 2007
Army, 3 Years

Currently still in the military and using my High School skills in my everyday job.
Michael G Stoyle
Michael G Stoyle
Class of 2007
Army, 3 Years

Infantry
Pat McNelis
Pat McNelis
Class of 1986
Air Force, 20+ Years

1989 Hon Mention All-WAC Defensive Tackle.
Invited to NFL Combine in Spring 1990.
3-fractures in lower back ended football career.
1990 Graduate of US Air Force Academy.
F-15C Fighter Pilot.
Assignments in Lubbock, TX (Pilot Training); Panama City, FL(Security Police); Hampton, VA(F-15 Pilot); Panama City, FL (F-15 Instructor Pilot); Khamis-Mushayt, Saudi Arabia (Saudi Air Force Exchange Pilot); Tucson, AZ (F-15 Instructor & Evaluator Pilot); Montgomery, AL(Masters School); Currently on the USAFE/3rd AF Air Staff in Germany (non-flying job).
Retiring as a Lt Col in Apr 2009.
Pic shows Pat leading a fly-by over Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.
Patricia Aliff
Patricia Aliff
Class of 2004
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Currently in Iraq, as a aviation mechanic
Richard (Rick) Dwyer
Richard (Rick) Dwyer
Class of 1992
Air Force, 16 Years

Graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1996 with a BS in Civil Engineering and was a member of the 1995 WAC Co-Champion football team. Has had civil engineer assignments in San Antonio, TX, Hampton, VA, South Korea, Ft Walton Beach, FL, Washington DC, and United Arab Emirates. Has also had school assignments to Virginia Tech and Montgomery, AL for masters degrees. Now a Lt Col and the Commander of the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC. Has deployed three times to Southwest Asia in support of ongoing combat operations.
Robert Humphrey
Robert Humphrey
Class of 2001
Army, 5 Years

Graduated from JMU ROTC in 2005 and commissioned as a Officer in the Armor Branch. Served two deployments to Iraq (2007-2008, 2009-2010). Currently stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA as a Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor.
Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Class of 1969
Marine Corps, 11 Years

Medically Discharged Served in areas where the US disavowed ever being!
Semper Fi
Shelia Southers
Shelia Southers
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service.
On to new adventures, just graduated from the
San Antonio Police Academy and love my job!!!!!!!!!
Steve Garnett
Steve Garnett
Class of 1966
Navy, 6 Years

Naval Aviator; Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Instructor, Naval Air Training Command (VT-6)
Timothy Staton
Timothy Staton
Class of 2007
Navy, 2 Years

Mobile Security Squadron 3 Bahrain
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Our Harrisonburg High School military alumni are some of the most outstanding people we know and this page recognizes them and everything they have done! Not everyone gets to come home for the holidays and we want our Harrisonburg High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Harrisonburg are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!