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

Brian Martin
Brian Martin Class of 1984
Navy, 20+ Years
Bootcamp-NTC greatlakes :85 AMH Aschool-millington,TN :85 NAS North Island, San Diego CA :85-89 NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor WA :89-2000 NRD Omaha, Kearney NE recruiter :00-03 NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor WA :03-07 AMC(AW) {E7} retired
Clay Bowker
Clay Bowker Class of 1963
Army, 3 Years
Served as communication specialist in the White House. for the National Security Council 1969 to 1971.
Denny Anderson
Denny Anderson Class of 1962
Army, 4 Years
Army Security Agency / NSA. Overseas duty stations included Okinawa and Vietnam as Non-Morse Intercept and Vietnamese translation.
Ellen Lynch
Ellen Lynch Class of 1984
Navy, 20+ Years
Aviation Electricians Mate. My Duty Stations: Brunswick, ME x2 (VP-26/10) Jacksonville, FL x2 (VP-30/AIMD) Milton, FL (NAMTRGRUDET) Norfolk, VA (USS Kearsarge) Deployments to: Spain Iceland Sicily Malta Palma Crete Panama Puerto Rico Jordon Jebel Ali Bahrain
James Hoefer
James Hoefer Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years
1969 to 1971 Germany
Ken Hatra
Ken Hatra Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years
E 5 Shipfitter Pipefitter certified welder, ballast control, flight deck fire fighter, Fiblant Boxing Team, damage control set up, served on LSD 32 Spiegel Grove. 5 times to Carribean, 1 Mediterrian Cruise, returned to school Hastings Community College after 4 years.
Leonard Shafer
Leonard Shafer Class of 1977
Army, 19 Years
I served 4 years enlisted, from 1980-1984 and the remainder as a commissioned officer. Honorably Discharged in 2002. I spent 2 years on active duty after I received my commission. The remainder was spent in the Army Reserve. During my enlisted period I went to Germany after finishing Basic at Ft. Benning, GA. While in Germany I took advantage of time off by visiting other European countries, such as France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, and Holland. My time in Germany was enjoyable, I served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment or better known as the Blackhorse Regiment. I finished my enlistment at Ft. Carson, CO and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. I then attended college at Kearney State College and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the spring of 1986. I served with the Nebraska National Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant while I finished m
Mike Callinan
Mike Callinan Class of 1963
Navy, 20+ Years
12 years of enlisted serve followed by 18 years as a commissioned officer. Served in both VietNam and Desert Shield.
Milt Hemmingsen
Milt Hemmingsen Class of 1975
Army, 3 Years
1976 Basic Training, MP School and Camp Humphrey ROK. PCS to Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA. Exited in 1979 and became a Dept of Navy Police officer in 1980. Still there but retirement eligible and probably will retire soon.
Robert T. Wilcox
Robert T. Wilcox Class of 1937
Army, 3 Years
Serviced from 1942 until 1945. Was in the europeon theater during WWII. Servied with the 3rd Armored Division.
Ron Paine
Ron Paine Class of 1964
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Force - Pilot. Flew the C-7 Caribou in Vietnam, Jun 70 - Jun 71. Instructor Pilot at Laredo AFB, Vance AFB, and Sheppard AFB. Commissioned as 2nd Lt (OTS) Feb 69, graduated from Pilot Training Feb 70. Retired as Lt Col in Nov 88.
Thomas Swanson
Thomas Swanson Class of 1974
Navy, 4 Years
Electronic Warfare Specialist
Thomas Wilson
Thomas Wilson Class of 1962
Navy, 20+ Years
Served in Vietnam, retired as Command Master Chief.

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