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

Arlene Flanagan Biddulph
Arlene Flanagan Biddulph Class of 1976
Air Force, 4 Years
Aircraft Pneudralic Specialist
Brandon S. Wade
Brandon S. Wade Class of 1990
Army, 8 Years
My active duty Army career involved almost 8 years and included two tours to Iraq (22 months). I enlisted as an Infantry Soldier and completed Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA. I graduated from Airborne Paratrooper training also at Ft. Benning, GA and was assigned to my 1st duty station at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii w/ the 25th Infantry Division. My training also included graduating from the Air Assault School in Hawaii. I deployed to Iraq for my 1st combat tour and earned an Officer Candidate School slot. I graduated from OCS and earned my commission as an officer. My officer training involved Air Defense and Armor branches of the Army. My additional duty stations were Ft. Bliss, TX and Ft. Knox, KY. I would graduate from the advance officer training and the Scout Leaders Course to include the Modern Army Combatives (Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu) courses. I competed in competitions and was an instructor at various duty stations. Later, I PCSed to my last duty station at Ft. Carson, CO and the 4th Infantry Division. I deployed a 2nd time to Iraq for 15 months. My duties as a soldier included being a gunner, driver, RTO, Training Room NCO, Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and the Deputy Brigade Civil Affairs Officer. I resigned my commission in 2009 and was honorably discharged in July of 2009. I'll never forget my service w/ the Army and my fellow brothers who have sacrificed all. Prayers continue to go out to my friends and their families and fellow soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. I would not be alive today, if it weren't for my battle buddy on my left and right. God bless all of our soldiers past, present, and future. Freedom is never free! Hooah!
Dan Hedges
Dan Hedges Class of 1982
Navy, 20+ Years
Specialized in naval aircraft maintenance management. Spent three years as flight crew member.
Dave Burks
Dave Burks Class of 1980
Air Force, 5 Years
I was in Security Police and stationed 2 years in Memmingen Germany and 3 years in Minot North Dakota.
David Keske
David Keske Class of 1976
Army, 20+ Years
I Enlisted as an engineer/heavy equipment operator. I spent 4 years in Germany and Ft Benning. Joined the National Guard. I did 2 deployments of a year each. After 22 years and had attained E7, I attended Warrant school. After a total of 38 years, I retired as a CW4 in the maintenance field.
Edward E. Pruett
Edward E. Pruett Class of 1954
Army, 20+ Years
U. S. Army. 1954 was Military Police to 1957 in Germany. Out for 3 years. Back in service in 1960 in the Military Police in Paris, France to 1962, Armed Forces Courier Svc from 1962 to 1967 at Orly AP in Paris and then San Francisco. 1967 to 1968 NORAD. 1968 to 1970 Vietnam, 1970 to 1972 Recruiting Command, 1972 to 1974 Campbell College and left with a degree BBA. 1974 to 1977 SGM in AFCENT, Brunssum, the Netherlands. 1978 Retired from PSF. 1978 to 1980, Color Tile store manager. 1980 to 1986, Raytheon in Goleta, CA as Security Manager Assistant. 1986 to 1998, with Lockheed Martin Security Dept. Retired and traveling now.
Edward E. Pruett
Edward E. Pruett Class of 1954
Army, 20+ Years
Joined in September 1954 in Redding, CA. I did my basic at Fort Ord, CA. I left and went to Camp Gordon, GA for MP School. I graduated in early Jan 55 and was put on a train with 19 others and sent to Holloman AFB, NM. We joined 12th Ordnance Battalion (swd). Check out Atomic Annie. In Europe, we received ammo for her and others. We never existed. I got out in 1957. I hung around in Chillicothe for about a year. I hitch hiked back to CA. I was an Apprentice Carpenter. Times got tough and the jobs were hard to find. I enlisted in the Army again in June 1960. Again a refresher course at Fort Ord, CA. I was shipped to the 175 MP Detachment at Camp des Loges, just outside Paris, France. I was there 2 years. I then transferred to the Armed Forces Courier Service. I was at Orly Airport from 1962 to 1963. I came back to the USA, Land of the Round Doorknobs. I was sent to the ARFCOS Station at the Presidio of San Francisco. I Loved it. I was there from 1963 to late 1966. Then it was on the other side of the USA at Stewart AFB, NY with 1st Region NORAD (North American Air Defense). I was there until 1968. I arrived in Vietnam on 1 Oct 1968. I was sent to Phu Bai, RVN and the NCOIC of G4 for XXIV Corps under the command of General Richard Stillwell. I came home in late Jan 1970. I took a side trip and worked at the R&R Station in Sydney, Australia for 100 days TDY. From there it was a military mistake, they shipped me to Washington DC to be with ARFCOS again. After they corrected the mistake, I ended up back at the Presidio of San Francisco with the 6th Recruiting District as the Senior Enlisted Administrator for the office of the Adjutant. Then it was off again, I did stay at PSF from 1970 to late 1971. I was sent to Fort Jackson, SC as the Accessions NCO for the All Volunteer Army Test Program. They are using parts of that test today. While there, as with every soldier, I had to check into the Education Center. The lady there loved it. I had 3 years of college credits in nothing. She put me on a schedule. I managed to get two years credits in one year and was qualified for the military Boot Strap program. I left Fort Jackson and went to Campbell College in Buies Creek, NC for 16 months to get a degree in Business and I did get the degree. From there, I was off to the Netherlands to take the position of Sergeant Major of the Personnel and Administration Division of the Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT). Please note, I was a Sergeant First Class (E7) taking a Sergeant Major (E9) position. I worked with 7 different nations in this NATO Command. After AFCENT, I was sent back to the Presidio of San Francisco until I retired from the Army.
Edward Pruett
Edward Pruett Class of 1954
Army, 20+ Years
From Belin to Sydney. Europe 9 years. Vietnam 1 year, Australia 4 months, coast to coast 10 years. Guarded Lyndon Johnson for a day, numerous Generals, worked in unit that made ammo for Atomic Annie in 1956. I received a BBA from the military Bootstrap Program. I took the good and bad and stayed with it.
Jeff Dupuy
Jeff Dupuy Class of 1983
Marine Corps, 4 Years
field artillery communications/forward observer
John W Nicklin
John W Nicklin Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Honorable Discharge from active duty 1968 at the rank of E-4. Two years reserves. Servered in Viet Nam from March 1965 to December 1966. Awared two purple hearts. Now living in Tampa, Fl
Lawrence (Larry) Huggins
Lawrence (Larry) Huggins Class of 1956
Air Force, 20+ Years
After pilot training was a flight instructor in T-33, T-37, T-38 at Reese AFB 1961-65. Flew F-105, F-4, F-16 in the USA, Pacific, and Europe 1965-1989. Retired in 1989 and am still flying a Stearman, PA-12, and C-172 Amphib.
Linda Horn Lowrance
Linda Horn Lowrance Class of 1973
National Guard, 2 Years
Served in the Illinois National Guard then joined Army for 6 months, Honorable discharge due to shin splints!
Marty Davis
Marty Davis Class of 1976
Air Force, 15 Years
Radar Technician
Michael J Dudley
Michael J Dudley Class of 1964
Air Force, 6 Years
'64 - - '65 Texas Goodfellow AFB '65 - - '66 Illinois Chanute AFB '66 - - '67 Thailand Tahkli AFB '67 - - '68 Florida McDill AFB '68 - - '69 Active Reserves
Robert Reggio
Robert Reggio Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years
Special Agent with Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Air Force assignments - Illinois, Korea, Spain, Philippines, Germany, Guam, Belgium, and Ohio.
Robin Savage (Jackson)
Robin Savage (Jackson) Class of 1982
Army, 5 Years
I served 5 years active duty army.
Shelly Bruett
Shelly Bruett Class of 1979
Air Force, 8 Years
Personnel Specialist and a two year special duty assignment as a Flight Attendent.
Steve Brown
Steve Brown Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
I was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist for 24 years.. If you are not familiar with what that is watch the movie "Hurt Locker"
Steve Brown
Steve Brown Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
I served my country as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist for 23 1/2 years. If you are not familiar with what EOD is watch the movie "Hurt Locker". Since retirement from the military in I have worked for NASA as a Program Manager at Kennedy Space Center.
Verl Bell
Verl Bell Class of 1964
Air Force, 6 Years
Security Poilice and Base Police

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Class of '76

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