Lake Gibson High School Alumni

Lakeland, Florida (FL)

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Military High School Alumni

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

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Honored Military Alumni

Andrew Otto
Andrew Otto
Class of 1989
Navy, 12 Years

Served 12 years with the Navy starting June 21, 1989. I was stationed at NAS Adak Ak., on the USS Abaraham Lincoln CVN-72 during Operation Southern Watch and was off the coast of Somolia, then stationed at NAS Lemoore California, then to Jacksonville Florida on the USS Boone FFG-28 on which we did counter drug operations in the Carribian and did a deployment to the Mediteranian Sea with NATO, then stationed back at NAS Lemoore with the US Navy Reserves as a Recruiter. During my 12 years I was a Military Postal Clerk where I ran my own Post Office the majority of the time.
Anthony Diefendorf
Anthony Diefendorf
Class of 2002
Army, 5 Years

Aerial suveillance, UAV operator
Aurora (Czech) Robeson
Aurora (Czech) Robeson
Class of 1998
Air Force, 16 Years

Joined after high school in 1998, served four year enlisted - 3 in Germany and 1 year in Montana. Re-joined the Air National Guard and fulfilled my service commitment in 2005 in Oregon. Completed my bachelors in Engineering and have since been in Oregon and Texas Air National Guard. I have truly enjoyed my time in the military, I have meet many people from so many different backgrounds that make us all unique and important for the war on terrorism. I have 4 years left and will serve my remaining time with the utmost pride. My service has also served me, I been able to travel around the world!
Brandon Rodriguez, M.D.
Brandon Rodriguez, M.D.
Class of 1994
Navy, 5 Years

--Assistant Battalion Surgeon, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines
--Battalion Surgeon, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines
--Battalion Surgeon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines
--Senior Medical Officer Willow Grove Naval Air Station
Brian Craig
Brian Craig
Class of 1987
Navy, 18 Years

I have been stationed at:
Fort Ritchie, MD
Charleston, SC
Kingsville, TX
San Diego, CA
Diego Garcia, BIOT
Charles Wall
Charles Wall
Class of 1994
Army, 12 Years

ADC4I Command and Control System Operator. Currently assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii (Deployed to Iraq)
David Andrew Rice
David Andrew Rice
Class of 1997
Marine Corps, 12 Years

I served 6 years in the Marines then switched to the Coast Guard Reserves.
Infantry in the Marines
Federal Law Enforcement in the Coast Guard
Currently activated in the Coast Guard.
David Fulton
David Fulton
Class of 1989
Army, 12 Years

Served as a MIlitary Policeman.
David Stilwell
David Stilwell
Class of 1991
Army, 9 Years

Started in the Florida Army National Guard then went on active duity with the 101st Airborne Div. And now a Recruiter with the Alabama Army National Guard.
Dennis turner
Dennis turner
Class of 1998
Marine Corps, 4 Years

1 tour in Iraq was part of the 1st mef division camp pendelton ca
Donnie Ray Heacox
Donnie Ray Heacox
Class of 1986
Army, 4 Years

Donnie served in the US Army from May 1987 to July 1991. His job classification was Flight Operations/Tactical Air Traffic Control. Donnie served two years in the Republic of Panama where he was cross trained as a door gunner on a Black Hawk helicopter assigned to Alpha Company 1/228th Aviation Regiment and also completed Jungle Expert School. Donnie was transferred to Ft. Devens, Massachusetts in late 1989 and served there during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Donnie returned to Lakeland was honorably discharged in July 1991 and attended PCC and FSC and earned a BS in Criminology. In 1996 he was sworn in as a Lakeland Police Officer and served for twenty years before retiring as a Sergeant.
Dustin Polly
Dustin Polly
Class of 1988
Air Force, 8 Years

what more is there to say
Gregg Nelson
Gregg Nelson
Class of 2007
Navy, 1 Years

Currently a Culinary Specialist in the US Navy. Stationed in Yokosuka Japan, On the USS Cowpens CG63. Forward Deployed.
Harold Farley
Harold Farley
Class of 1982
National Guard, 6 Years

1982-1988 2-116th FA 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Lakeland Fla, E-5
harry graham webster jr.
harry graham webster jr.
Class of 1991
Navy, 19 Years

i have served i virginis. and have been station an three carriers the uss dwight d eisenhower and the uss theordore roosevelt. i have been to spain , italy, greece, cuba, i am happily married to forence webster and have a 14 year old son named bobby.
IAN LACK
IAN LACK
Class of 1999
Army, 6 Years

MILITARY MUSICIAN
Jason Newkoop
Jason Newkoop
Class of 1996
Army, 13 Years

Infantry, Artillery, and Currently Spec Ops.
Jonathan Marshall
Jonathan Marshall
Class of 2006
Army, 4 Years

Active Duty Military From 06 - to present
From 2007 - May of 2009 served in Area 1 of Korea
From Dec 2009 to Present is Currently In Iraq
Jonathan Sabia
Jonathan Sabia
Class of 1994
Navy, 15 Years

Boatswain Mate Chief (Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist / Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist)
USS Mauna Kea AE-22 Oakland,Ca; USS SHasta AE-33 Oakland,Ca; USS Rainier AOE-7 Bremerton,Wa; EODMU3 San Diego,Ca FASOTRAGRUPAC SERE Instructor San Diego,Ca; NCWRON-5 IBU51 (now MESRON 5 Boat Det 551) San Diego,Ca; NMCB 4 Port Hueneme,Ca; RTC Great Lakes,IL
Justin Bergstrom
Justin Bergstrom
Class of 2006
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Iraq, Afghanistan, Spain, Greece, Africa, Dubai, Kuwait, Haiti, Bahrain, Qatar, and Croatia.
Justin Bergstrom
Justin Bergstrom
Class of 2006
Marine Corps, 1 Years

Active Duty stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I am in V1/9 "The Walking Dead". We are a grunt unit, I'm an 0352 (Anti-tank guided missileman).
Justin Darren Jones
Justin Darren Jones
Class of 1991
Army, 19 Years

Stryker Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Lyman Graham
Lyman Graham
Class of 1983
Air Force, 18 Years

-US Navy; '83-'93 on Attack Subs in Hawaii, San Diego, then as a drill instructor in Orlando
-Air Force; '98-Present, in AZ, Germany, FL & UK
MAJ Bo Taylor
MAJ Bo Taylor
Class of 1990
Army, 14 Years

Served tours in Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, Korea, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Haiti.
mark stout
mark stout
Class of 1989
Air Force, 5 Years

Served as Air Force Security Police Officer
Melia Christie-Wiles
Melia Christie-Wiles
Class of 2003
Army, 8 Years

Army Medic
Pamela Jennings Arnold
Pamela Jennings Arnold
Class of 1990
Army, 8 Years

Served 3 years as an enlisted Combat Medical Specialist in Korea and Tennessee. Served 5 years as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot.
Ramona Lisa Crochet
Ramona Lisa Crochet
Class of 1984
Navy, 6 Years

Gulf War Veteran
Raymond Haynes
Raymond Haynes
Class of 2004
Navy, 1 Years

Raymond decided to serve in the military in November 2008. And he is VERY happy with his decision as his family is also!
Robert Fraser
Robert Fraser
Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years

Over the course of twenty-four years of service Robert has served as a First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Observer Controller-Trainer, Recruiter, Instructor/Writer, Section Sergeant, and Squad Leader. His units of assignments include the 19th Engineer Battalion, Fort Knox, Kentucky; the 237th Engineer Battalion, Heilbronn, Germany; the 82nd Engineer Battalion, Bamberg, Germany and Southwest Asia; the 87th and 169th Engineer Battalions, Fort Leonardwood, Missouri; the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion, Springfield, Missouri; the 14th Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; the 2-310th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Devens, Massachusetts; the 568th Engineer Company (CSE), Fort Riley, Kansas; and HHC, 249th Engineer Battalion (PP), Fort Belvoir, VA and Afghanistan.
Robert Hickox
Robert Hickox
Class of 1996
Air Force, 13 Years

I am a Crew Chief on Cargo Aircraft. I am currently stationed at Ramstein AB, Germany. I am married to my best friend and have 5 wonderful children.
Roger Cason
Roger Cason
Class of 1982
Marine Corps, 4 Years

CH-46E Helicopter Mechanic. HMM-161 3rd MAW MAG-16 MCAS(H) Tustin, CA.

I was stationed in Tustin, CA and went on deployments to Okinawa, Japan and Pohang, S. Korea and Mainland Japan.

God Bless Our Troops
Semper Fidelis
Sara Vrooman
Sara Vrooman
Class of 1993
Navy Reserves, 5 Years

Went from AE to AZ, then civilian AZ.
What a turn of events.
Scot Rehbein
Scot Rehbein
Class of 1991
Marine Corps, 9 Years

Aviation mech on huey and cobra helicopters. HMLA-773 in Warner Robins,Ga
Stephanie Melvin (Hughes)
Stephanie Melvin (Hughes)
Class of 1991
Army, 14 Years

Served as a Army Supply Specialist. Went to Alaska, Germany, Korea, Bosnia, Iraq, and Japan. Currently at Ft. Stewart, GA working as a Supply Technician working with high school ROTC supply programs
Stephanie Melvin(Hughes)
Stephanie Melvin(Hughes)
Class of 1991
Army, 14 Years

Served as a Army Supply Specialist for 14 1/2 years.
Terry Judd
Terry Judd
Class of 2006
Army, 3 Years

Top Secret Sorry, I can't discuss
Tiffany L Whitehead
Tiffany L Whitehead
Class of 2005
Army, 1 Years

United States Army Reserve
Tina Evans
Tina Evans
Class of 2002
Army, 3 Years

Military police
Valentino Robinson
Valentino Robinson
Class of 2001
Navy, 13 Years

Joined right after graduation. Completed 4 deployments in the Persian Gulf Global war on Terrorism x2, Operation Enduring Freedomx2. Currently deployed with Carrier Airwing 8 embarked onboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). I am an Operations Specialist First Class Petty Officer, Air Intercept Controller.

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