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

Dale R. Nagan
Dale R. Nagan Class of 1969
Army, 20+ Years
Joined for 3 yrs to get college money. 24 yrs later retired as Chief Warrent Officer. On & off 12.5 yrs in Germany, 2 tours in Korea- 25 months, and rest Mo, TN and VA. work for Army exchange for 15 Mo's and 6 yrs as Army Civilian.
Debra Ziegelbauer
Debra Ziegelbauer Class of 1983
Army, 10 Years
Desert Storm veteran
Erin (Mooney) Nielsen
Erin (Mooney) Nielsen Class of 1999
Army, 4 Years
Joined the MN ARNG in 2001, participated in ROTC from Sept 2001 thru May 2004. Active Duty (Germany) Finance Corps 2004-2005.
Fran Nelson
Fran Nelson Class of 1962
Army Reserves, 20+ Years
USAR LtC, Retired. 6 months in Europe during Desert Storm, 1991
George Louie Gast
George Louie Gast Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Went to Vietnam in January of 1968. Did 2 tours with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division at the An Hoa Combat Base and MAG-16 at Marble Mountain. While there I went to see Royal Nelsen at the Navy Pier in Da Nang and childhood friend Tim Hardke at Fire Base Tomahawk in northern I Corps. Both were short but loaded with memories. I was on the first ever Vietnam Veterans Honor flight in the United States with several of my former classmates from KHS. That day all of us will always remember.
Heather Pingel
Heather Pingel Class of 1996
Navy, 4 Years
Was stationed aboard the USS Bataan (LHD-5) Quartermaster, 2nd Class Petty Officer, Surface Warfare, Master Helmsman
Jerrold P Dakins
Jerrold P Dakins Class of 1967
Navy, 20+ Years
Served aboard the USS Bronstein during the Vietnam War, served three years at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, the USS Camden and USS Edward McDonnell. Made numerous deployments to the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Carabean and Central America. Served in Washington DC. Also served in a staff position at NROTC Auburn Alabama. Retired as a Senior Chief Storekeeper in 1988.
Joel W. Smith
Joel W. Smith Class of 1988
Army, 20+ Years
Currently Commands HHC, USACAPOC(Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
John Mooney
John Mooney Class of 1966
Navy, 17 Years
Served as an Aviation Ordnanceman for 17 years. Fixed & loaded a lot of aircraft guns & loaded a lot of bombs and missiles. Made two Vietnam cruises and several others to the Med and WESTPAC. Met a lot of wonderful people all over this little planet.
karl broeren
karl broeren Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years
4 years Air Force- 20 years North Dakota ANG retired as Operations Superintendant-CMSgt
MaryBeth Lauer
MaryBeth Lauer Class of 1979
Army, 4 Years
EW/SIGINT Voice Interceptor Russian Language
Melissa (Geiger) Dykstra
Melissa (Geiger) Dykstra Class of 1998
Army, 8 Years
Served 8 years with the Army Reserve and was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom at the end of my career.
Moises Sanchez
Moises Sanchez Class of 2007
Navy, 1 Years
Medic
peter j. heindel
peter j. heindel Class of 1959
Navy, 20+ Years
po, usn(ret)
Phil Kessler
Phil Kessler Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years
Currently: Navy Captain - Professor of Naval Science University of Utah Past: * N7 - Assistant Chief of Staff for Theater Security Cooperation and Exercises at Commander SEVENTH Fleet * Deputy Political Advisor at United States Northern Command * Commanding Officer at Navy Recruiting District Seattle
Scott Olesen
Scott Olesen Class of 1984
Air Force, 20+ Years
Maxwell/Gunter AFB,AL 1985-2001 Finance systems Programmer/Oracle DBA Keesler AFB, MS 2001-2005 Oracle Instructor Randolph AFB,TX 2005-pre Stan/Eval Rep
Timothy S. Hetherington
Timothy S. Hetherington Class of 1993
Marine Corps, 6 Years
United States Marine Corps 1994-2000 Aircraft Mechanic: EA-6B Prowler Squadron: VMAQ-2 Home Base: MCAS Cherry Point, NC Deployed to Aviano AB, Italy (95-97)Operation Joint Endeavor, Decisive Endeavor, Decisive Edge in support of Bosnia. Deployed to Incirlik AB, Turkey Operation Northern Watch 1998 (Patroling Northern no fly zone before we owned Iraq) Deployed to Aviano AB Italy for Operation Allied Force for Kosovo Air Campaign1999 (Dropped bombs for 6 months) Got to visit dozens of other military bases in many countries during my time on active duty.
Wes Brill
Wes Brill Class of 1966
Army, 20+ Years
I was in the Navy, joining the reserves as a Junior in high school. Left active duty as a Machinist Mate 3. Used my GI Bill and enrolled in college Army ROTC. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Medical Department. Stationed in Germany for almost 5 years, returning to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for advanced schooling with assignments to Walter Reed, The Pentagon, Fort Belvoir Virginia and returned to Walter Reed. Left active duty as a Major and entered civil service at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as their Accountable Officer/asset manager. Accepted a promotion to work at the Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria Virginia as the Chief of Logistics/ G-4. Transferred under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) to Fort Knox Kentucky as advanced party to supervise the construction and establish support relationships. Retired as a GS-14 in 2010.

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