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

Chet Falzerano
Chet Falzerano
Class of 1962
Army, 2 Years

Drafted during the Viet Nam War, fortunately stationed in Texas in the 1st Armor Division Band
Chuck Thompson
Chuck Thompson
Class of 1958
Navy, 6 Years

qualified nuclear submariner, navy seal team, served in Vietnam,
Craig Lambright
Craig Lambright
Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years

Intergrated avionic tech on the F-111 and F-15. Served over seas in Tiawan and Upper Heyford England, also about 8 different states. Retired 1987
CW2 Anthony Campbell
CW2 Anthony Campbell
Class of 1988
National Guard, 20+ Years

I was on Active Duty for four years, stationed in Germany, out of High School. When I got back to the states I joined the Ohio Army National Guard and have been in ever since. I have been deployed 3 times in support of OIF/OEF. In total I have been in 27 years and should have 40+ when I retire.
Dan Madigan
Dan Madigan
Class of 1991
Army, 20+ Years

Army aviation Still serving
Dave Jordan
Dave Jordan
Class of 1963
Army, 20+ Years

United Stares Army Special Forces
Dave Myers
Dave Myers
Class of 1971
Air Force, 6 Years

Graduated from USAFA in 1975. Served in the Air Force for 6 years as a KC-135Q navigator stationed at Beale AFB, CA. Got out as a Captain in 1981. Great experience. Glad I served, glad I got out. Glad I didn't have to go to war. Respect those who did!
David Elston
David Elston
Class of 1988
Army, 20+ Years

Have served in the army as an infantryman and instructor. Served in OPERATION JUST CAUSE Panama 89-90, and Iraq 04-05.
Dennis Palmer
Dennis Palmer
Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years

Retired Lieutenant Colonel
Field Artillery and Infantry Officer
Parachutist
Space Operations Officer
Donald Bailey
Donald Bailey
Class of 1967
Army, 11 Years

Drafted in April 1969 into the Army, After Basic training and Infantry AIT i attend Artillery OCS at fort Sill. I was then received a commission as a Signal Officer. I serviced a year tour in Vietnam in 71/72. Departed active duty in Sept 1975 and joined the National Guard. Left the service in 1981. Received Arcom, Bronze Star and Purple heart for service in Vietnam.
Erik Lathrop
Erik Lathrop
Class of 1987
Army, 15 Years

Spent 4 years in the marines. I went to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Storm. I got out of the Marines and went to school and then joined the Army. Here I am again, this time in Kuwait. Some of our other Classmates have had a rougher time than I. We have one purple heart in our class that I know about.
Forrest G. Brandt
Forrest G. Brandt
Class of 1961
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

Commissioned through ROTC in June of 67. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997. 5 years of active duty including a tour in Vietnam (68 - 69). Activated for Desert Storm August of 1990 - May 1991.
Gary Daugherty
Gary Daugherty
Class of 1982
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Retired after serving 21 years.
Gary Leiffer
Gary Leiffer
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 9 Years

Airwing
Jack Sturtevant
Jack Sturtevant
Class of 1960
Army, 3 Years

Airborne Forward Observer- Field Artillery 1964-1967. 173rd Airborne Brigade, 319 Artillery, 4th Battalion, B Battery-Vietnam
Jack Sturtvant
Jack Sturtvant
Class of 1960
Army, 3 Years

Airborne Forward Observer-Field Artillery. 173rd Airborne Brigade, 319 Artillery, 4th Battalion, B Battery-Vietnam
James Vernon Hakes
James Vernon Hakes
Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years

Retired after 21 years of service.
Jan William Steen
Jan William Steen
Class of 1987
Army, 5 Years

Served two years at home in the Norwegian Army, befor serving in Somalia 1993, Lebanon 1994-95, Bosnia 1995-96, Bosnia/ Kosovo 1999-00 and Finally in Afgahnistan in 2003. Were part of the Norwegian TACP team. Had some interessting years of service. Served side by side with American forces in Soamlia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afgahinstan.Served many times with 10 mountain Reg out of Colorado. Have also had the pleasure of serving with most branches of US millitary.
Jim Lynch
Jim Lynch
Class of 1958
Navy, 20+ Years

Served 30 years as a nuclear submariner - had command of an attack submarine for over 3 years.
Joseph (Woody) Woodard
Joseph (Woody) Woodard
Class of 1968
Army, 11 Years

Army Cobra helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972.
Ken Pepper
Ken Pepper
Class of 1963
Navy, 20+ Years

11/63 - 8/64: RADAR and Electronics School Great Lakes, IL
11/64 - 12/65: Radarman, USS Ability (MSO 519)
1/66 - 4/66: Radarman USS Observer (MSO 461)
5/66-6/66: NAB Coronado CA, Counterinsurgency Warfare School/SERE School
6/66 - 6/67: TacOpsCntr Supervisor/Intel PO/Relief patrol boat (PBR) crewman, NavSuppAct Det Vinh Long, Vietnam
7/67- 12/67: USS Brister (DER 327) Pearl Harbor, HI
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7/99 - 9/99: Chaplain Basic, Newport, RI
6/80 - 8/82: 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, NC
8/82 - 9/38 USS California (CGN 36) Norfolk, VA
9/83 - 1/84 USS California (CGN 36) NAS Alameda, CA
2/84 - 12/84: USS VIirginia (CGN 38) Norfolk, VA
1/85 - 12/85: NavHosp, Portsmouth, VA
1/86 - 9/88: NAVAIRRES, NAS Norfolk, VA
10/88- 8/90 USMC FielddHospUnit, 4FSSG, Newport News, VA
9/90 - 8/92: 3MAW, 3FSSG, Spokane, WA
9/90 - 9/95: AdminO USN Chaplain VTU, Norfolk, VA
10/95 - 12/98: Assistant Force Chaplain, Surface Force Atlantic, Norfolk, VA
1/99: Retirement
Larry ( BigLar) CHilders
Larry ( BigLar) CHilders
Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years

Computer Systems Analysist with USAF chosen for the Research and Development Branch as a member of the 4DTT. Now retired and presently running for the mayoralship of Goldsboro, NC
Larry Childers
Larry Childers
Class of 1996
Air Force, 20+ Years

Reasearch & Developement (4th Developemental Technician Team)
Larry Wm. Anderson
Larry Wm. Anderson
Class of 1968
Air Force, 4 Years

Electronic Data Communications and Cryptographic Equipment Systems
Engineer. Stationed at Rhein Mein Air Base,
Frankfurt West Germany and various other locations around the world.
Mark Creason
Mark Creason
Class of 1982
Marine Corps, 10 Years

Avation Tech.
Mary Fran Draisker
Mary Fran Draisker
Class of 1960
Air Force, 9 Years

Air and Target Intelligence Officer stationed at AFAITC Lowry AFB Colorado; 7thAF Saigon, Vietnam; 48th TFW RAF Lakenheath England.
Michael Barry Muhall
Michael Barry Muhall
Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years

Started out as in the Signal Corps... as Desert Storm came about I branched into Chemical Corps. Retired as a CBRNE officer after OIF
Michael Barry Mulhall
Michael Barry Mulhall
Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years

Taught High School for two years and nearly starved to death... join the Army and spent 23 years in the Signal Corps...
Michael Barry Mulhall
Michael Barry Mulhall
Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years

Signal Corp
Michael Patterson
Michael Patterson
Class of 1995
Army, 14 Years

4 years active duty US Marine Corps
10 years service as Army Resrve

2 combat tours to Iraq
Michelle Soptelean Wierzbanowski
Michelle Soptelean Wierzbanowski
Class of 1991
Air Force, 5 Years

Served on active duty as a General Dentist in the Air Force for 5 years.
Mike Manning
Mike Manning
Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired 2001 after 20 years!
Mike Murrell
Mike Murrell
Class of 1995
Army, 6 Years

Still serving. Plan on putting at least 20 years in. Getting ready to head back to Afghanistan
Misty Liehr
Misty Liehr
Class of 1994
Army, 6 Years

95Bravo/ Military Police, 77Whiskey/ WT Spc.
Nelson Steinke
Nelson Steinke
Class of 2000
Army, 6 Years

Part of the 810th Quartermaster Company, Deployed to Iraq twice being attatched to two different units. Currently deployed.
Paul Willis
Paul Willis
Class of 1989
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

20 years of Honorable service with the United States Marine Corps. Completed 3 successful tours of duty between 2003 and 2006 during Iraqi war campaign. Retired January 2012
Richard Leis
Richard Leis
Class of 1958
Navy Reserves, 4 Years

OCS Served aboard USS Mauna Loa as DCA and CPO followed by reserves duty in Dayton.
Rick Fader
Rick Fader
Class of 1987
Navy, 8 Years

Desert Storm, Panama Drug Interdiction Ops, WestPac afloat for 7 of the 8 years, then Disabled and served as Instructor for last year at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Pacific.
Rick Fader
Rick Fader
Class of 1987
Navy, 8 Years

Operations Specialist (E-5)
Western Pacific Theater
Roger A. Skiles
Roger A. Skiles
Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years

21 Years USAF, Aircraft Maintenance

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