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

BARBARA V. PRESS
BARBARA V. PRESS Class of 1984
Navy, 8 Years
SERVED WITH THE U.S. NAVY/MARINE CORPS OVERSEAS FROM 92-96 WITH MALS-12 SUPPLY (MARINE AVIATION LOGISTICS SQUADRON 12). MARINE CORPS SHIPPED ME BACK TO THE NAVY IN CALIFORNIA FROM MARCH 96 TO SEPT 2000.
Barry Bauman
Barry Bauman Class of 1975
Army, 4 Years
Served with the 2nd 75 Ranger Battalion and the HQ Company in NYC.
BRUCE MAXWELL
BRUCE MAXWELL Class of 1965
Navy, 6 Years
BAINBRIDGE MARYLAND TRAINING, CAMP PENDLETON WEAPONS TRAINING, WIDBEY ISLAND WASHINGTON SURVIVAL SCHOOL, CORONADO CALIFORNIA COUNTER INSURGENCY TRAINING, 1966-1967 VIETNAM IN COUNTRY DANANG, UPON RETURN NORFOLK VA PRE-COMMISSIONING CVA67 USS JOHN F KENNEDY, COMMISSIONING CVA67 USS JOHN F KENNEDY, NINE MONTH MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE, RETURNED TO OCEANA VA ATTACK SQUADRON 43 TRAINING SQUADRON FOR PILOTS GOING TO VIETNAM.
Diane Foley
Diane Foley Class of 1970
Navy, 9 Years
Petty Officer 1st Class 1979-1988 Air Traffic Controller NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach VA & Naval Support Force Antarctica, McMurdo Station
Edward Luebke
Edward Luebke Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Joined in Feb '66. Vietnam from Aug '66 to Sept '67 as a machine gunner. Assigned to Marine Barracks, "8th & I" for the rest of my tour
George Buxmann Jr
George Buxmann Jr Class of 1965
Air Force, 10 Years
After enlisting in January 1966, I completed basic training at a military base close to San Antonio, TX. I was sent to Keesler AFB, Mississippi for training in the Security Service (Same work being performed on the USS Pueblo in the late 60's, when it was captured by the North Koreans). I was assigned to a remote military base located on Okinawa for most of my first four years (U.S. Territory at the time), where I served until December 1969. The attached photo was taken at my wedding on Okinawa (February 1969). While stationed in the Far East for more than 3 years, I saw Tokyo, Osaka, Yara, and Kyoto, Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, and Taiwan. I extended my enlistment to become and Air Traffic Controller, and went back to Keesler AFB, Mississippi. My first assignment as an USAF Air Traffic Controller was at Dover AFB, Delaware. While stationed at Dover I decided to re-enlist for four more years, and was assigned to Castle AFB, California. I spent almost 3 years at Castle, and then was offered a job working Area 51 for four years, which I turned down. Six months later, I was assigned to Thule AB, Greenland (winds reaching over 150mph at times and temperatures that would reach 70 degrees below zero.). After my one year assignment at Thule for turning down Las Vegas, Nevada, I was sent to Tinker AFB (Oklahoma City) Oklahoma. With 9 years, 11 months, and 29 days, I decided to leave the US Air Force as an E-6, and applied as an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA. I needed surgery before leaving the military on my right leg, and ended up with a service connected disability.
Jim Lambert
Jim Lambert Class of 1982
Navy, 4 Years
Stationed with two E-2 Hawkeye squadrons onboard the USS Midway & USS Ranger.
Joe Chopek
Joe Chopek Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 7 Years
After MHS 65 I was lucky to get an appointment to U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD and did four years as a US Navy Midshipman. As you know my parents and I were not well of and there was no way my folks could pay for college, so Uncle Sam really helped me! Upon Graduation from Annapolis, I received a commission as a Second Lieutenant (2/Lt) United States Marine Corps. I served in the Marines for about three years. I am an honorably discharged Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran and proud to have served in the Marine Corps. During my service I was injured and spent the my last year of about three years at Bethesda, Naval Hospital and back to Quantico, VA. I had a brief tour in the South China Sea and a small experience of the Vietnam War. My general military background is one of an engineer. I was very lucky and I am proud to have served Our Country. I thank all you of you who have served in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement and public service including teachers and nurses. May Our Lord Bless all of you.
Kathleen Herrington
Kathleen Herrington Class of 1965
Air Force, 20+ Years
Major (retired). 20 years (1989- 2009) McGuire AFB, NJ. 72nd/714th Aeromedical Squadron: Senior Flight Nurse for the first 15 years being qualified in both C-141 and C-130 aircraft. Our mission was to transport critically injured and ill service members and their families from the European theater as well as those of our service members injured during Operation Desert Shield and Storm as well as Iraqi Freedom. 514th Aeromedical Staging Squadron: My last 5 years I functioned as Assistant OIC of the 514th Wing Medical Training Facility responsible for coordination of various medical courses offered by the wing as well as developing medical educational in-service training programs for nurses, medical technicians and doctors in our wing. Site Coordinator and Program Manager for National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Course; Lead instructor for Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Emergency Pediatric Care, Advanced Medical Life Support, National Registry EMT, and AHA CPR.
Kelly Penninger
Kelly Penninger Class of 1986
Army, 20+ Years
Retired as a senior NCO.
Mike Cianci
Mike Cianci Class of 1985
Navy, 20+ Years
United States Navy SEABEES Chief Petty Officer
Mike Cianci
Mike Cianci Class of 1985
Navy, 20+ Years
United States Navy SEABEES/ Chief Petty Officer

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Caroline Griffin - 1979

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