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

Bill Holstne
Bill Holstne
Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years

Major William R. Holstine is currently assigned to Wheaton College as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.

He entered the Army on August 31, 1983 and attended Basic Training the following summer at Fort Jackson, South Carolina followed by Advanced Individual Training as a Unit Supply Specialist. His first assignment was to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he served with the 4/31st INF. After two years, he transitioned to the Army Reserves. He served in the Army Reserves in the logistics section as an enlisted soldier and upon completion of Warrior Leadership Course he became a Non-Commissioned Officer and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant at the age of 23.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Engineer branch through the ROTC program at Northern Illinois University, where he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1992. His formal military education consists of Engineer Officer Basic Course (Honor Graduate), Engineer Officer Advance Course (Honor Graduate), Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Course (Honor Graduate), Combined Arms Exercise Course and the USACC Faulty Development Course. He also has a Masters degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2005.

Major Holstine has served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, and detachment commander while assigned to the 863rd Engineer Battalion. He assumed company command in September 2002 of the HHC, 416th ENCOM. During his command time his unit served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait. His service as a staff officer includes assignments as a S1, S3 and Executive Officer at battalion level. Overseas tours have included Honduras, Cairo, Egypt and Camp Doha, Kuwait.

Duties at Camp OSO Grande, Bright Star, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom have given Major Holstine experience in joint and combined operations and warfighting. Major Holstine has earned numerous awards and decorations to include the Driver Badge w/Bar (twice), Air Assault Badge, Overseas Training Ribbon (OLC), Army Service Ribbon, Primary Leadership Development Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and “M”, Global War on Terror Service Medal (OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1st Service Star), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals (5 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal (OLC) and Army Commendation Medal.

MAJ Holstine is married, and he and his wife have three children.
Class of 1979
Army, 4 Years

Stationed at Ft. Ord, CA; Camp Casey Korea; Ft. Eustis, VA ETS Dec '85
gerald hamilton
gerald hamilton
Class of 1958
Army, 2 Years

fort rucker, alabama 1963/1964 korea 1964/1965
Wendy Carr
Wendy Carr
Class of 1979
Army, 7 Years

Goepping, FRG, Ft Lewis, WA

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Bill Holstine
Class of '84

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