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

Anthony Zenobi
Anthony Zenobi Class of 1993
Army, 3 Years
82nd Airborne Division - 1/505 PIR Operation Enduring Freedom - Kandahar Afghanistan
Bill Tilton
Bill Tilton Class of 1957
Army, 20+ Years
Ret.Lt. Col, US Army
David Whitman
David Whitman Class of 1960
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Served in the marines from August 1960 till November 1966. In Vietnam during yrs 1963, 64,,65 and 1966. Honorably discharged Nov 1966 with rank of Sgt (e-5)
Dennis Baxter
Dennis Baxter Class of 1957
Army, 3 Years
dominick faraone
dominick faraone Class of 1958
Navy, 4 Years
served aboard the uss joseph p kennedy jr DD850
Don Thompson
Don Thompson Class of 1955
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Retired November 1979 after 25 years service as a Major. Worked mostly in Air Defense..
Dr. Robert A. Cowden
Dr. Robert A. Cowden Class of 1957
Navy, 5 Years
Duane Houdyshell
Duane Houdyshell Class of 1989
Coast Guard, 20+ Years
22 Years active duty service in the US Coast Guard. Retired as and Aviation Maintenance Technician FFA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, Quality Control and Supply Logistics and aquired over 1400 flight hours on the HH-65 Helicopter during search and rescue mission along the West Coast Air Stations.
Francis Caruso
Francis Caruso Class of 1957
Air Force, 5 Years
Frank Reno
Frank Reno Class of 1957
Navy, 20+ Years
SKC Storekeeper Chief US Navy Retired
Frank Reno
Frank Reno Class of 1957
Navy, 20+ Years
Fred Thomas (SS)
Fred Thomas (SS) Class of 1957
Navy, 20+ Years
George N. Cucitrone
George N. Cucitrone Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years
Served at Submarine base New London CT. Served in Keflavik Iceland. Served on the USS Cadmus, Newport RI
Gerard J. Ascione
Gerard J. Ascione Class of 1970
Navy, 20+ Years
Master Chief Musician. Pianist/Composer/Band Leader - U.S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, MD - U.S. Navy Band Washington, D.C. 31 years. 1977-2008.
Jack A.Rickel
Jack A.Rickel Class of 1942
Army, 3 Years
Combat Infantry, Squad Leader/Grenadier Company K, Fourth Infantry Division under General Patton
James Messner
James Messner Class of 1957
Navy, 3 Years
Jay Kennedy
Jay Kennedy Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Force Recruiter in New Castle from May 1977 to May 1983. Served in Viet Nam and have stationed in Korea two times.
Jeff Yelkovich
Jeff Yelkovich Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years
Command Sergeant Major(Retired) Jeffrey M. Yelkovich is a native of New Castle, PA. He enlisted in the Army in 1986 as a 76Y, Unit Supply Specialist, and attended Basic and AIT Training at Fort Jackson, SC. His first assignment was with the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) “Screaming Eagles” at Fort Campbell KY. He was assigned to the 2/31st Field Artillery Battalion as a 76Y. After two years the unit deactivated and sent to Fort Bragg, NC. He was then reassigned to 1/320th Field Artillery as the Unit Supply Specialist. After one year with the unit, he reenlisted for the 25th Infantry Division (L) “Tropic Lighting”, Schofield Barracks, HI, where he was assigned to the 725th Maintenance Battalion as a Unit Supply Sergeant. In 1992 the unit was re-designated the 725th Main Support Battalion (MSB), where he was the Unit Supply Sergeant for the Maintenance Company. In 1993, CSM(R) Yelkovich served as the Battalion Supply Sergeant for the 3/327th Infantry Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY. After two years he was selected by the Commanding General to serve as an Inspector General (Complaints NCO) for the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) from 1995-1997. CSM(R) Yelkovich then assessed and was selected for duty with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) “Night Stalkers”, at Fort Campbell, KY from 1997-2001. During his tenure with the “Night Stalkers”, he served as a Logistical Operations NCO with the 2/160th SOAR on numerous National Command Authority missions. In 1998 he assumed duties as the Support Operations NCO for 4/160th SOAR and finally served as the First Sergeant for Headquarters 4/160th SOAR. CSM(R) Yelkovich was reassigned in 2001 to the Second Infantry Division “Second To None” Camp Casey, Korea with the 302nd Forward Support Battalion as the First Sergeant for HHC. In 2002, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Fort Campbell, KY as the HQ/A 801st MSB First Sergeant. He deployed with the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 01-03. Upon return from OIF he was the Division Support Command Rear Detachment Sergeant Major until his departure for the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in December 2003. His last assignment was with the 204th Support Battalion, 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He deployed with the unit in support of OIF 07-05 and returned in November 2006. He retired from the military as a Command Sergeant Major in May 2007. Military Education includes: PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, First Sergeants Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and Command Sergeants Major Course. He is also a graduate of the following schools and courses, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Jungle Warfare Course (Panama), Inspector’s General Course, Air Force Air Load Planner, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina and Joint Firepower Course, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada Awards and Decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, MSM (3OLC), ARCOM Medal (1OLC), AAM (8th OLC), GCM (5th Award), AFEM (w. Bronze Device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numerical 4), GWOT, OSR (2), JMUA, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drivers Badge and Combat Action Badge. Civilian education: He has a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Logistics from Touro University International CSM Yelkovich(R) is married to the former Alicia Lytle of Neshannock. They have three children Jeffrey (CPA Atlanta), Jessica (AirForce, Stantioned in Alaska) and Adam (High School).
Jerry Rosenberger  (SS)
Jerry Rosenberger (SS) Class of 1957
Navy, 10 Years
Jim Uram
Jim Uram Class of 1957
Army, 3 Years

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