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

David E. Hendrick
David E. Hendrick Class of 1956
Coast Guard, 6 Years
After graduating from the Coast Guard’s 12 week Boot Camp in Alameda, California I was selected to attend the 30 week Electronic Technician “A” school in Groton, Connecticut. I graduated third in my class as a PO3 (ET3). My first duty station was on a Coast Guard support base located on Terminal Island, San Pedro. After serving six months on the Coast Guard base, learning my trade and standing guard duty at the main gate, I was transferred to the Island of Rhodes, Greece and served on the Coast Guard Cutter Courier, a Voice of America transmitter ship. My tour of duty there was 18 months. While I was stationed on the Courier I was promoted to PO2 (ET2), received more pay and accepted more responsibility. As a young, brash 25 year old guy, I had a great time during my off duty hours riding my motorcycle all over the island, meeting the Greek people and learning their culture. One of my buddies on the ship and I took a one day trip to Turkey to do some sight seeing, experience another culture, and to sample the Turkish food and drink. The Courier’s three transmitters transmitted in eight different languages 10 hours a day, seven days a week to the Middle East. The ship was transmitting Freedom’s Message to Iron Curtain countries. I served on the Courier during the Cuban Missile crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Courier was stationed on the Mediterranean Sea near Rhodes from 1952 to 1964 during the height of the “Cold War” years. My last duty station was the Coast Guard Air Station San Diego. Here I continued my trade of repairing ships radar units, communication equipment, and aids to navigation. For some fun after working all day as an ET on my job, I was selected to be a crew member on a 40 foot cutter patrolling San Diego bay looking for hazards to navigation and anyone needing assistance. I served in the Coast Guard for four years on active duty as a noncom, and the last two years of my obligation in the inactive reserves. I recommend the Coast Guard to any graduating high school senior that can meet the rugged requirements. When anyone enlists in any branch of the Military, Boot Camp is going to be hard, but with the right attitude as I had going in, Boot Camp can be a “Fun Experience” as it was for me! Sincerely, David Hendrick, Class of ‘56
Elbert Collins
Elbert Collins Class of 1962
Air Force, 20+ Years
Communications Security. Vietnam veteran.
Greg  Cheung
Greg Cheung Class of 1966
Navy, 2 Years
General Medical Officer US Naval Ammunition Depot, Hawthorne, Nevada, 1973-1975. Only physician on the base. Took care of Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel on base as well as their families. Transferred more complicated patients to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.
Gwen M. Boleware
Gwen M. Boleware Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years
Major Boleware is a Public Health Officer assigned to the 82d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 82d Medical Group, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. She leads the day to day operations of 15 military and 1 civilian personnel conducting public health programs areas affecting 7K beneficiaries. Maj Boleware is a member of the 82d Training Wing Public Health Emergency Working Group wherein she provides medical intelligence and disease threat assessments. Additionally, she conducts epidemiological investigations, communicable disease, and vector surveillance programs. She maintains liaison and collaboration with local military and civilian public health agencies. Major Boleware directs the sanitation of 52 food and public facilities, occupational health surveillance and education programs for 1.9K Sheppard Air Force Base Warriors. Major Boleware hails from Battle Creek, Michigan. EDUCATION: 1984 Environmental Medicine Specialist Course, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas 1989 Management of Public Health Programs, School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB 1991 Medical Entomology Course, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas 1991 Community College of the Air Force A.A.S., Environmental Medicine Technology 1996 NCO Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas 1996 Hearing Conservationist Certification, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas 1996 Contingency Operations Public Health Course, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas 2000 Senior NCO Academy, Correspondence Course 2000 Bachelor of Science, Public Health and Wellness. Regis University, Denver, Colorado 2001 Commissioned Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama 2001 Public Health Officer Course, Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas 2003 Advanced Public Health Officer Course, Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas 2004 Expeditionary Medical Deployment System, Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas 2006 Squadron Officer’s School, In Residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 2009 Master of Public Health Practice, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2013 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Correspondence ASSIGNMENTS: 1. Aug 84 - Apr 86, Environmental Health Apprentice, Sheppard AFB, Texas 2. May 86 - May 90, Military Public Health Craftsman, Hickam AFB, Hawaii 3. Jun 90 - Oct 92, NCOIC, Public Health Flight, Yokota AB, Japan 4. Nov 92 - Oct 96, Consultant, Armstrong Laboratory, Occupational and Environmental Health Directorate, Brooks AFB, Texas 5. Nov 96 - Feb 98, NCOIC Public Health Flight, Incirlik AB, Turkey 6. Mar 98 - Jun 99, Military Training Leader, Cadet Squadron 37, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 7. Jun 99 - Dec 00, Military Training Leader, Cadet Squadron 8, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 8. Jun 01 - Jun 04, Chief, Public Health Operations, Kadena AB, Japan 9. Jul 04 - Aug 08, Public Health Officer, MacDill AFB, Florida 10. Sep 07 - Oct 09, Public Health Flight Commander, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota 11. Oct 09 - Oct 10, Public Health Flight Deputy Commander, Osan AB, Republic of Korea 12. Oct 10 - Oct 12, Public Health Flight Deputy Commander, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska 13. Oct 12- present, Public Health Flight Commander, Sheppard AFB, Texas MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Meritorious Service Medal (Three Oak Leaf Cluster) Air Force Commendation Medal (Five Oak Leaf Clusters) Air Force Achievement Medal (Two Oak Leaf Cluster) Colonel Cleveland L. Parker, USAF Public Health Technician of the Year Brooks Air Force Base, Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year Armstrong Laboratory, Occupational & Environmental Health Directorate NCO of the Year PACAF Public Health CGO of the Year, 2004 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Three Oak Leaf Clusters) Air Force Organizational Excellence Award Afghanistan Campaign Medal Korean Defense Service Medal Air Force Recognition Ribbon - Distinguished Graduate, Environmental Health Specialist Course - Distinguished Graduate, NCO Preparatory Course - Distinguished Graduate, Commissioned Officer Training School - Distinguished Graduate, Public Health Officer Course EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION: Airman Aug 84 Airman First Class Jun 85 Senior Airman Mar 87 Sergeant Mar 88 Staff Sergeant Jul 89 Technical Sergeant Apr 96 Master Sergeant May 00 Second Lieutenant Dec 00 First Lieutenant Nov 02 Captain Nov 04 Major Jul 10
Joe Clapsaddle
Joe Clapsaddle Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years
Active duty 1968-1972. Reserve and Guard 1983-2004 Army and Air Force. Recalled to active duty in 1990 for Kuwait and in 2003 for Iraq. Surgery on knee stopped Iraq deployment. Discharged as Master Sergeant 2004. Proud to have served my country for 26 1/2 years. Hooah!!
Lorne A Drakeley
Lorne A Drakeley Class of 1955
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Force Master Sargent. Worked on U-2 spy aircraft and SR 71 recon aircraft. served in the Air Force from 1956 until 1981. After retiring form the Air Force, I went to work for the Department of Defence and retired from that job in 2000. I now live in Washington State near Seattle.
Lorne Drakeley
Lorne Drakeley Class of 1955
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Force Avionics technician, worked on SR-71, U-2, F-104, F-4, B-52, F-101, T-33, B-57, Stationed in Germany, France, Thailand, Korea, Spain , England, South Carolina, Mississippi,Florida, California , New Mexico
Tim Wamsley
Tim Wamsley Class of 1976
Navy, 15 Years
Navy Reserve, yeah I fell for the 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year , bit too! Oh well, I've seen a lot, so thinks I never want to see again!
Timothy, Wamsley
Timothy, Wamsley Class of 1976
Navy, 17 Years
Needed a hobby, so I enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1994. Been a lot of places, in this world, Some great, Some really sucked ass.

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Arthur (Guy) Browning;
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