Hinkley High School Alumni

Aurora, Colorado (CO)

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

Allen L. Boettcher
Allen L. Boettcher
Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years

VA-113 and USS Hancock
Vietnam Veteran
March 1967- March 1971
Anthony (Tony) Barker
Anthony (Tony) Barker
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

worked as and Aviation Aircraft Mechanic
Arthur Weaver
Arthur Weaver
Class of 1991
Air Force, 15 Years

Ground Radio Maintenance
Carl webster
Carl webster
Class of 1989
Army, 15 Years

A member of the US Army's Patriot missile system working with the Patriot launcher and Patriot radar. Services 15 years before getting medical retirement. Did 7 tours in South west Asia and 2 tours in Korea. I have been married for 26 years to my wife Gloria with 3 children and 1 grandchild
Craig Skembo
Craig Skembo
Class of 1966
Air Force, 6 Years

Flew F-4 Phantoms in US and Germany.
David Cook
David Cook
Class of 1984
Air Force, 20+ Years

Joined prior to graduation and left for basic training in the fall of 1984. Served as a aircraft maintenance scheduler in Spain, Turkey, Korea and various bases stateside. Last duty station was McConnell AFB, KS. Retired in 2005.
David P. Bacca
David P. Bacca
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

Grand Forks AFB, ND 460FIS 1972-1974
Castle AFB, CA 84FIS 1974-1977
Lowry AFB, CO Instructor 1978-1982
Tyndall AFB, FL 2nd AMU F-106/F15
RAF Lakenheath, UK March 1986-1989
Mountain Home AFB, ID 1989-1997 retired
Boise City
Eric B. Snyder
Eric B. Snyder
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 11 Years

2d ANGLICO/2d SRIG/II MEF/FMFLant
2d ForRecon/2d SRIG/II MEF/ FMFLant
"P" Btry 5/14
Erica Pechek
Erica Pechek
Class of 1998
Navy, 9 Years

Just returned from a 7 1/2 month deployment to the Middle East. I enjoy what I do.
Erica Pechek
Erica Pechek
Class of 1998
Navy, 9 Years

Interior Communications Electrician First Class
I work with the ILARTS system and am the LPO of VLA on board the USS John C Stennis.
Gary Ballard
Gary Ballard
Class of 1970
Army, 20+ Years

I served 25 years as an Army Aviator flying a variety of differant aircraft. Retired as a CW4/Chief Warrant Officer 4. I continue to serve as a contract flight instructor to the USAF.
Geoffrey Warnock
Geoffrey Warnock
Class of 1971
Navy, 22 Years

Navy Nuclear Power Propulsion Program. Retired Chief Warrant Officer (W-3)
Geoffrey Warnock
Geoffrey Warnock
Class of 1971
Navy, 20+ Years

USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
USS Haddo (SSN-604)
USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)
USS Bainbridge (CGN-25)
CWO3/USN (Retired)
John K Pappas
John K Pappas
Class of 1980
Air Force, 12 Years

I began my career 7 days out of high school. I started out as an Air Force policeman. Then I packaged hazardous materials. IO finally found my specialty. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Warfare Technician. Also did NBC research.
Jon Gaetos
Jon Gaetos
Class of 1998
Marine Corps, 4 Years

I joined the Marines shortly after graduating, My MOS was Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue Specialist. I was stationed at MCAS Yuma AZ, and it is hot as Hell there. I have to say I loved every minute of my enlistment, especially the hard times. I miss it a lot. I miss being in charge of Marines, the yelling, the constant tension, uniform inspections, and most of all "my" Marines.
Julie A Evans
Julie A Evans
Class of 1977
Navy, 20 Years

Electronics Technician and Advanced Electronics Instructor
Ken Gunton
Ken Gunton
Class of 1966
Army, 20+ Years

Four years Army active duty 66-70, as a Vietnamese linguist, voice intercept operator (ground and air), and language school instructor. After completing degree, was commissioned as a 1635 Naval Intelligence officer, up to retirement in 1989. Served in Viet Nam and Beirut combat zones.
Lynnette Hansen Kennison
Lynnette Hansen Kennison
Class of 1970
National Guard, 30 Years

US Navy scholarship 1974-1975 for completion nursing school CU. Commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy and served at NRMC Philadelphia from 1976 to 1979, US Navy Reserves until 1983, joined Florida Army National Guard and served as Chief Nurse Health Services Liaison Detachment, mobilized for Desert Storm to Fort Gordon. Served as Chief Nurse of the 202d Medical Group and then Chief Nurse of Florida. Served as Deputy Commander of the Medical Detachment of Florida and mobilized from 2004-2005 for OEF serving in Puerto Rico and in Washington DC at the Pentagon. Retired with 30 years as a Colonel.
Lynnette Meis
Lynnette Meis
Class of 1975
National Guard, 20+ Years

Buckley Air National Guard Base Aurora CO. Joined June 1975 right after high school. Was in Law Enforcement, Security Forces then became a First Sergeant. Air National Guard was a family tradition.
Mark Braun
Mark Braun
Class of 1989
Air Force, 12 Years

Officer, United States Air Force stationed at Offutt AFB, Nebraska assigned to United States Strategic Command, Non-Kinetic Operations, Cyber Division
MaryAnn Rowe
MaryAnn Rowe
Class of 1970
National Guard, 20+ Years

Served in Oregon Army National Guard 1883-1995; Michigan Army National Guard 1995-2010. Deployed for OIF and OEF?
Michael A. Parker
Michael A. Parker
Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years

Enlisted in the Reserves 1981 (Infantry)
Commissioned via ROTC 1983 (Colo State)
Active duty 1985-2006 Air Defense, Military Intelligence (Counterintelligence), Acquisition Corps (Space ISR). Retired 2006 (LTC).
Michael D. Gentry
Michael D. Gentry
Class of 1983
Air Force, 11 Years

TMDE Technician across all commands and around the globe.
Michael Dooley
Michael Dooley
Class of 1966
Army, 3 Years

Vietnam,Drill sgt.,combat eng.,promoted to second Lt.,finish tour of duty at West Point military acadmy.
Michael Gentry
Michael Gentry
Class of 1983
Air Force, 12 Years

Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Technician
Michael Vann
Michael Vann
Class of 1976
Army, 20+ Years

What an awesome career with plenty of moving and seeing others cultures. Supported Desert Storm as a Commander. Served in many senior staff positions to include the senior Logistics Officer for the Corps of Engineers in Iraq. Retired in 2008 and have not worked for a paycheck since that great day.
MIke Dye
MIke Dye
Class of 1994
Air Force, 14 Years

Graduated from The Citadel in 1998. Commissioned a Logistics Plans Officer (now called Logistics Readiness Officer). Stationed in Tucson, AZ; San Antonio, TX; Dover, DE; Dayton, OH; Belleville, IL; Kabul, Afghanistan; Tampa, FL; Montgomery, AL; North Pole, AK. It's been a fast and fun ride so far!!
Monte A. Squires
Monte A. Squires
Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years

Navy pilot from 1970-97.
Squadron Commander in San Diego & AirWing Commander in Jacksonville, FL.
Graduated Naval War College, Newport, RI.
Retired as an O-6/Captain in Colorado Springs following final tour at U.S. Space Command.
Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson
Class of 1972
Air Force, 8 Years

United States Air Force Academy Class of 1977

C-141 Aircraft Commander-Charleston AFB, SC
T-38 Instructor Pilot-Vance AFB, OK
Robert D Jones
Robert D Jones
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired ETC(SW)
Robert J. Bishop
Robert J. Bishop
Class of 1964
Air Force, 5 Years

worked in the Air Traffic Control & Warning field.Got to see some interesting & not so interesting things in those years.
Robert Muterspaugh
Robert Muterspaugh
Class of 1978
Air Force, 20+ Years

Laboratory technician, 16 years
Physician Assistant, 5 years
Ryan Booth
Ryan Booth
Class of 1994
Army, 12 Years

Enlisted Mechanic
Graduated West Point 2002
Lead a Tank Platoon in the invasion of Iraq 2003 (307 CAV, 3rd ID)
Medically Discharged 2006
Sandy Smith
Sandy Smith
Class of 1965
Army, 20+ Years

Entered under a direct commission program after teaching at Hinkley for 5 years. Spend 20 great years with Army and Joint Service Units. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Shawn Lightfritz
Shawn Lightfritz
Class of 1988
Navy, 19 Years

Chief Petty Officer (E-7) Aviation Electronics Technician. In-Flight Tchnician (IFT) on P-3 Meritime Patrol Aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Wa. Served on both coasts currently supporting Operations Enduring and Iraqi freedom.
Tony Barker
Tony Barker
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

US Navy "Airedale"
Wally bacon
Wally bacon
Class of 1976
Air Force, 4 Years

Air force power line spec
William Burgin
William Burgin
Class of 1966
Navy, 20+ Years

Navy Flight Officer from 1971-1992. Aircraft carrier based Squadrons, operational staffs-US, Asia and Europe. Retired as an O-5/Commander.

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