Highland High School Alumni

Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM)

Military Alumni

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

Alan Nabors
Alan Nabors
Class of 1969
Navy, 10 Years

Feb71-Feb81: Enlisted in the Navy & volunteered for the Submarine Force after spending 1-1/2 years at UNM; After 2 years of Navy Advanced Electronics Schools I was assigned to a Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine where I spent the next 4-1/2 years. After Submarine Duty I Served as a Navy Recruiter at Navy Recruiting District Seattle working out of the Recruiting Station Bremerton; Honorably discharged a E-6 qualified in Submarines; Spent another 27-1/2 years as DOD civilian Working for the Dept. of the Navy as Electronics Engineering Technician supporting US Navy operations world wide.
Amy Murphy
Amy Murphy
Class of 1992
Air Force, 13 Years

Had a good time and got to travel!
Andrew (David) Reeves
Andrew (David) Reeves
Class of 1997
Marine Corps, 8 Years

Joined June 1998, served as an Infantryman and Security Forces Marine. Honorably Discharged in May 2006, but has recently re-enlisted back into the Marine Corps. Currently stationed at Quantico, VA as a Marksmanship Instructor.
Andrew Trujillo
Andrew Trujillo
Class of 1993
Army, 16 Years

US Army for Sixteen Years
Bob J Hall
Bob J Hall
Class of 1967
National Guard, 20+ Years

Vietnam 69-70, Army, Helicopter Crew Chief,
Air Force 74-87, Weapons System Operator, F4, Pilot C130, T37. CA Nat'l Guard. 89- -96 CH-47 Pilot.
bruce horton
bruce horton
Class of 1969
Navy, 2 Years

Commissioned via ROTC in 1974. Fire control (guns) division officer USS Oklahoma City in Japan and off Vietnam in 1974. promoted to Gun Battery Officer. was in the operation for evacuation of Saigon.
took early out when offered.
bryant d. wells
bryant d. wells
Class of 1990
Army, 6 Years

unit supply specialist
Carolyn (Wesley) Stith
Carolyn (Wesley) Stith
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Information resource manager
Celeste DeWitt (now Crutchfield)
Celeste DeWitt (now Crutchfield)
Class of 1993
Air Force, 6 Years

Served in the Air Force for 6 years as an intelligence officer. Was stationed in Texas, South Korea, and Georgia. Separated in October 2002. Was in the reserves from 2002-2006.
Charles (pat) nolan
Charles (pat) nolan
Class of 1969
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Served in Nam 69 to 70 sent to D.C. Worked White House and Camp David 3 years.
Charles Wesley Choc
Charles Wesley Choc
Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Crossed the Pacific by ship, further training in the Philippines, service in Vietnam (Hill 55 & Khe Sanh) and Washington, DC. Lots of stories to tell about these years.
Charles Wesley Choc
Charles Wesley Choc
Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Served in Vietnam and Washington DC
Chuck Shaw
Chuck Shaw
Class of 1962
Navy, 2 Years

Class of 1962
Navy, 2 Years

Engineer Officer, USS Conflict (MSO 426); Operation Market Time patrols during the Vietnam conflict for which we were awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation.
Connie (Beck) Grace
Connie (Beck) Grace
Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years

Retired SGM in 2006
Daniel O'Connor
Daniel O'Connor
Class of 1961
Army, 3 Years

Basic training at Ft. Carson, Colo. and served two and a half years in Germany. Discharged in 1964
Danny Johnson
Danny Johnson
Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired in 2003 and loved every minute of the 30+ years career.
David J. (Jim) Chadwick
David J. (Jim) Chadwick
Class of 1958
Navy, 7 Years

Navy OCS, graduated with Distinction; Line Officer; Electrical Engineering Instructor at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis
David L. Villanueva
David L. Villanueva
Class of 1977
Army, 4 Years

Electronic Warfare Repairman
Served stateside and in Germany
Dennis Peckinpaugh
Dennis Peckinpaugh
Class of 1962
Army, 20+ Years

My service in the Army, especially my tours in Vietnam, is till a part of my life.
Donald R Elmore Jr
Donald R Elmore Jr
Class of 1969
Navy, 20+ Years

23 years, most served in the Submarine Service.
Dwayne Jackson
Dwayne Jackson
Class of 1987
Air Force, 14 Years

Air Force fire fighter
Elizabeth V. (Whiting) Shifrin
Elizabeth V. (Whiting) Shifrin
Class of 1993
Air Force, 13 Years

Active duty from 2000-2004 as a Judge Advocate. Reserves from 2004 to present time serving as the lead attorney for a fighter Wing of F-16 aircraft
Elizabeth Whiting aka Shifrin
Elizabeth Whiting aka Shifrin
Class of 1993
Air Force, 6 Years

Served Active Duty from 2000 through 2004 as an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), served in the reserves from 2004-2006, activated to active duty in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in 2007.
Ellen (Pagnini) Vadney
Ellen (Pagnini) Vadney
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

Commander, US Navy (retired), General Unrestricted Line
Eugene Lujan
Eugene Lujan
Class of 1963
Navy, 4 Years

Naval Security Group
Gabriela (Montes) Jaramillo
Gabriela (Montes) Jaramillo
Class of 1993
Air Force, 20 Years

Proudly served in the Air Force, retired MSgt, worked in Healthcare Administration. Would do it all over again. It was an honor.
George Augustus Cowman
George Augustus Cowman
Class of 1959
Navy, 4 Years

Served from 1966-1970, Hospital Corpsman, Vietnam '69-70 with 1st Marine Div, 1st Hospital Company, Da Nang.
George Wilson
George Wilson
Class of 1977
Air Force, 5 Years

Servered at RAF Bentwaters and Cannon AFB
Greg Jones
Greg Jones
Class of 1977
Army, 10 Years

Served with 82nd Abn. Div., 1st Inf. Div., 7th Inf. Div., 509th Abn. Bde. in Italy and 4th Inf. Div.
James M. Apodaca
James M. Apodaca
Class of 1966
Army Reserves, 6 Years

I served in the Army Reserve, mostly Army Engineer units.
James Meares
James Meares
Class of 1956
Navy, 20+ Years

Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI 63-64; Communications Officer-USS Wahkiakum County LST-1162, Combat Information Officer-USS Manley DD-940; Navy Health Scholarship-Dental Officer 1974; Navy Regional Dental Center 1974-1976; US Naval Reserve-served as Executive Officer of US Naval Reserve Dental Unit. Retired as Commander USNR-R Dental Corp
James Meares
James Meares
Class of 1958
Navy Reserves, 28 Years

Navy OCS, Communications Officer-USS Wahkiakum County LST-1162, CIC Officer-USS Manley DD940. Served in Blue Water Navy off the coast of Viet Nam. Transitioned to US NAVY Dental Corp, Navy Health Profession Scholarship, Active Duty as Dental Officer. Reserve Officer with various Dental Reserve Units, serving with USMC and USS Francis Marion. Activated during Desert Storm and served as Executive Officer NRDC Norfolk, VA
Jeffrey Howard
Jeffrey Howard
Class of 1981
Navy, 12 Years

Served as a Plank Owner aboard the USS Albuquerque SSN-706 and then on to the USS Parche SSN-683, then to Camp David and then to the USS Louisville SSN-724 and into combat during Desert Storm Desert Shield and Operation Cease Fire. Now living in the Sierra Nevada foothills and working as a California Highway Patrolman.
Jeffrey Howard
Jeffrey Howard
Class of 1981
Navy, 16 Years

USS Albuquerque SSN-706 I was a Plank Owner and served aboard her from 1982-1986
Jeffrey Howard
Jeffrey Howard
Class of 1981
Navy, 12 Years

Commissioning crew member on the USS Albuquerque SSN706. Also assigned to the USS Parche SSN683, Camp David security detail. USS Lousiville SSN724. Left the Navy in California and joined the California Highway Patrol and retired in 2015.
Jeremiah Williams
Jeremiah Williams
Class of 1998
Army, 13 Years

91X Maintenace Supervisor stationed at FT Carson CO, 2BCT, 4ID
Jerry Valade
Jerry Valade
Class of 1957
Navy, 20+ Years

Enlisted out of High School. Advanced to E-9, commissioned as a Warrant Officer and retired as an LDO Lieutenant. Served two tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1972. Commissioned three ships as a plank-owner and enjoyed every assignment during my tenure.
Joe
Joe
Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years

USS Kitty Hawk
USS Bennington
Viet Nam vet
Tonkin Gulf-Yankee Station 64-65
John Caston McCormack
John Caston McCormack
Class of 1953
Army, 2 Years

Served in Pusan Korea and Ft Huchuca Arizona. Capt in the Medical Core. 1963 to 1965
John Kump
John Kump
Class of 1954
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired 1977, Served Astoria Oregon, USS Cogswell DD 651, USS Providence CLG 6, Navy Recruiter Great Falls, Montana, USS Dixie AD 14, Surface Warfair School, San Diego, Calif. Retired as Hull Tech, Chief

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Our Highland 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 Highland High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Albuquerque are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!