Military Alumni

Military Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

Lost Class Rings

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Honored Military Alumni

Brian Cowdrey
Brian Cowdrey Class of 1990
Army, 4 Years
Flight Medic with the 82nd Airborne Division
Charles Edward Mays
Charles Edward Mays Class of 1946
Navy, 2 Years
Served honorably. RIP 7-7-2014.
Cody Long
Cody Long Class of 1992
National Guard, 6 Years
Automated Logistical Specialist for the Arizona and Colorado Army National Guard. Served one year in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-05 with the 3666th Maintenance Co. of Phoenix, AZ.
David Hillman
David Hillman Class of 1969
Army, 6 Years
Vietnam, 66th Combat MPs
David Vasquez
David Vasquez Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years
Retired Senior Master Sargent. Served 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding achievement as the Air Freight Superintendent while deployed to Afghanistan.
Jeniphr Grant
Jeniphr Grant Class of 1979
Army, 20+ Years
Retired in 2012, after 30 years of service in the Military Police. Served in Germany at European Command Headquarters during the Cold War, and various assignments in the South and East of the US, including Philadelphia during 9/11. Was the first female Provost Marshal at the US Army Reserve Command Headquarters (an active Guard/Reserve position) during Hurricane Katrina. Last assignment was as the Operations Officer for a training division that places Army Reserve soldiers on campuses and at training sites in support of ROTC and West Point.
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith Class of 1994
Army, 4 Years
Served in the Army doing communications work all over the world. I got to see several places, and do allot of things. Some I am proud of, others I am not.
Johnnie DeLaRiva
Johnnie DeLaRiva Class of 1973
Army, 20+ Years
Various years in administration, Assistant IG, Post Master
Kim Fidler
Kim Fidler Class of 1978
Army, 2 Years
I served from 1978-79, during which time I was injured and received a medical discharge. I completed Basic Training at Fort McClellan, AL and trained for my Military Intelligence Occupational Specialty at Fort Devens, MA. I am very proud of my service and it is the reason I chose to become a Civil Servant in 1984 with first the U.S. Army and now the Federal Highway Administration.
Michael Wiley
Michael Wiley Class of 1971
Navy, 6 Years
Hospital Corpsman, Marine Doc..
T.J. Tompkins
T.J. Tompkins Class of 2005
Air Force, 4 Years
Stationed at Fairchild AFB, Spokane, Washington Currently serving in Iraq
William Schmidt
William Schmidt Class of 1992
Air Force, 14 Years
14 years as Armament Weapons Systems Specialist (load toad). Four deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stationed out of Buckley AFB, CO.

Classmates Spotlight

La Junta High School Classmates

Becky Rollins
Class of '60

Alumni Stories

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