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Spokane, Washington (WA)

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Honored Military Alumni

Bradley Allan Chistenson SGT. Ret.
Bradley Allan Chistenson SGT. Ret.
Class of 1985
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

I served with the 659th Engineer company for 20+ years. I was a construction engineer. I operated a rock crusher. During my time in the army reserves I went to Ft. Pickette Virgina, Nevada, Honduras, Panama, Yakima firing center , and Iraq. The 659th Eng. Co. got called up in 2004. We left for Ft. Lewis in Oct. 04. There we got ready and mobilized at Ft. Lewis. Our unit first went to Kwait. There we were out in the middle of know where Camp New York. I was in Kwait for month. I arrived the 6th of Jan. 05. We had an advance party go to Balad air base. (LSA Anaconda). I was part of a second group of advance party personnel to go to Iraq. I was there a year. Our unit left Iraq in Dec. I went back to Ft. Lewis to demobilize. I made it home three days before christmas. It was the best christmas present my family could ask for. Having me home safe and sound. I am proud of serving my country. Bradkey Christenson. Sgt. Ret. Army reserves
Bradley D Gossett
Bradley D Gossett
Class of 2001
Army, 8 Years

27 months in iraq
Carl Pederson
Carl Pederson
Class of 1963
National Guard, 6 Years

Went to Air Force basic training in Amarillo TX in 1965. Following completion of that 8 week stint, was sent back to Spokane and spent the remaining service at Gieger Field. Did lots of flying. It was a great time and terrific way to serve.
charles turbak
charles turbak
Class of 1957
Marine Corps, 7 Years

Spent 7 1/2 years in the US Marine Corps as an infantry officer - Rank Captain - Was aide to Commanding General of 3rd MAW - Commanding Officer Marine Detachment USS Kitty Hawk CVA 63.- had 35 months of duty in Viet Nam - platoon/company commander/staff officer. I was selected for promotion to Major with orders to go to a six month school and then back to Viet Nam. Resigned my commission and moved with family to Bellevue working for Scott Paper Co. Had four children while in the Marines - two were born while I was overseas
Cheri Folks
Cheri Folks
Class of 1984
Navy Reserves, 8 Years

Hospital Corpsman From 1988-1996
Chris Malcolm
Chris Malcolm
Class of 1984
Army, 6 Years

Combat Engineer 83-85 USAR Hayden Lake ID
Field Artillery, Gunner 85-89 Bamberg Germany and 101st Airborne Ft. Campbell KY.
Chuck Turbak
Chuck Turbak
Class of 1957
Marine Corps, 7 Years

Infantry officer, platoon cmdr, company cmdr, battalion ass't S3, CO MARDET CVA 63, military advisor VN Marines, CG aide decamp. 35 months in Viet Nam. I have 80% disability rating. Resigned commission as Captain on promotion list for Major
CWO (Weps) Brian Kelley USCG (ret)
CWO (Weps) Brian Kelley USCG (ret)
Class of 1961
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Drafted in 1961 so joined the Coast Guard. Spent 17 years on the east coast and my last three years at Tacoma Boatbuilding Co. Tacoma, Wa
CWO (Weps) Brian Kelley USCG (ret)
CWO (Weps) Brian Kelley USCG (ret)
Class of 1961
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Drafted in 1961 so joined the Coast Guard. Spent 17 years on the east coast and my last three years at Tacoma Boatbuilding Co. Tacoma, Wa
Dana Morrill
Dana Morrill
Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired from active duty 1998.
Daniel kramer
Daniel kramer
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

I served 24 years as an air borne ranger and retired a First Sergent and loved most of it.
Dave Knight
Dave Knight
Class of 1979
National Guard, 20+ Years

Started out my career in the Army. I spent 12 years as a Military Intelligence Officer during which I deployed 0 times. Switched to the Air National Guard in 2000, and have deployed 5+ times to the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan. I am currently a Lt Colonel.
David E. Wright
David E. Wright
Class of 1962
Army, 16 Years

Honorably discharged with the rank of SFC/E7
Two tours of Vietnam
Was awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts and other awards
Served 8 years with Texas State Guard/Rank of Major
David Jersild
David Jersild
Class of 1963
Navy, 4 Years

Boot Camp San Diego, CA 1963
Shipfitter/Pipefitter A School - San Diego 1964
USS PIEDMONT (AD-17) 64-67 Homeport - San Diego
TAD US Navy Diver School Subic Bay PI 1965
3 WESTPAC Cruises '64, 65-55, 67
Honorable Discharge '69
Dick Disney
Dick Disney
Class of 1953
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

Joined Army Reserves at Ft. George Wright 1956 as PFC. Graduated EWSC with BA in Ed and ROTC as a 2nd Lt. MAR 1958. Served active duty. Served continuous U.S. Army Reserve until 1990. Retired after 34 years as a Colonel. Also retired from classroom teaching in Tacoma in 1990 at 55.
Dick Disney
Dick Disney
Class of 1953
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

Joined U.S. Army Reserves at Ft. George Wright in 1956 as a PFC while taking ROTC at East Washington College of Education (EWU). After graduation served active duty and returned to the Army Reserves and public school teaching. Served 20 years with the 104th Division Training and then with the 6236th U.S. School (Command General Staff College) in Tacoma. Retired after 34+ years as a COL.
Edward Howard
Edward Howard
Class of 1978
Marine Corps, 7 Years

Served from 1979 to 1987
Frank (Greg) Lawson
Frank (Greg) Lawson
Class of 1968
Navy, 20+ Years

I enlisted in 1968, went to Boot Camp and Hospital Corps in San Diego, Ca. I was stationed at the Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA in the summer of 1969. Then I was assigned to the Medical Department onboard the USS Ranger CVA 61 and did 3 tours to Viet Nam. Then in 1972 I was assigned to Hospital Corps School for Independent Duty Corp School. I went to the MCAS Yuma and returned to San Diego Naval Hospital to work in the admin department and for the Chief of Internal Medicine. I then went to the USS Cree (ATF-84) as an Independent Duty Corpsmen. I was advanced to a Chief Hospital Corpsman. I spent a total of 12 years enlisted time. During this time I also earned a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Business Admin with a Financial Management Major.
I was then commissioned as an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps. I served as a Supply Officer and Comptroller at various commands including 3 years at the United States Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. I retired in 1993 from the Naval Hospital Cherry Point, NC. After discharge from the Navy I attended Marymount University in Northern Virginia and earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I returned to Bremerton, WA and taught for approx. 6 years. I then work for the Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA as the Budget Officer where I retired again in 2013. I am now traveling and enjoying retirement.
Frank Meister
Frank Meister
Class of 1965
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Traffice Controller
George Michael Brower
George Michael Brower
Class of 1962
Navy, 2 Years

Served aboard USS IOW JIMA (LPH-2) a helicopter carrier that served as an assault ship with Marines aboard and a med-space station with six flight surgeons on board. While playing tag with a Russian trawler in the Gulf of Tonkin, we were told to deadhead south to pick up Apollo 13 when it returned to earth. That made my time in the service pretty exciting.
Gerald Oberg
Gerald Oberg
Class of 1966
Army, 3 Years

Army reconnaissance Sergeant. After Vietnam I have come to realize there is a very high price for freedom. I wish no generations must face the decision to go to war. There will always be a bully nation that will try to dominate. When your swearing at God on the battlefield, you come to realize Man makes war not God !
Gregg Palmer
Gregg Palmer
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served from 1984 until retiring in 2007; Four years with the USAF reserves. Awards include 3 Air Force Commendation medals, the 2 Air Force Achievement Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, 8 Good Conduct Medals.
Gregg Palmer
Gregg Palmer
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

20 years as a medic. Decorated with 3 acheivement medals 2 commendation medals.
Harvey Hill
Harvey Hill
Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years

radar technician and disaster preparedness instructor
James G. Moore
James G. Moore
Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired from the Air Force. Served April 1988-August 2008. Served in Korea, Middle East, US. Multiple Awards and Decorations. Air Traffic Controller from 1988-2001, Education & Training Manager 2001-2008.
Jay Anthony
Jay Anthony
Class of 1963
Navy, 4 Years

Served Sept. 1965 to July 1969. Stationed at three air stations in Fla. Served aboard aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk off coast of North Vietnam. Final two years at NAS Quonset Point, R.I., with air squadron VXE-6 Antarctic Development Squadron 6. We supplied logistical support for U.S. scientific program in Antarctica.
Jay Olson
Jay Olson
Class of 1995
Navy, 12 Years

Navy Corpsman with Marines. Been stationed with 1st FAST Co., 2/2, 1/7, 4th Recon.
Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis
Class of 1976
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served from 1978 until retiring in 1998; awards include four Air Force Commendation medals, the Air Force Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, six Good Conduct Medals. Served in the Phillipines, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Spain.
Jerry Steiner
Jerry Steiner
Class of 1966
Navy Reserves, 4 Years

FMF Corpsman, Vietnam 67-68, Hospital Ship
USS Repose AH16
Jesse (Jay) Anthony
Jesse (Jay) Anthony
Class of 1963
Navy, 4 Years

Served Sept. 1965 to July 1969. Was a photographer's mate. Stationed at three bases in Florida, then aboard the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier off North Vietnam. Transfered to air squadron VXE-6 Antarctic Development Squadron 6 at Quonset Point, R.I. for final two years of service. Made two tours to Antarctica in support of US scientific program there.
Joseph M Barrow
Joseph M Barrow
Class of 1959
Army, 20+ Years

Commissioned in August of 1964 and served on active duty for over 28 years retiring as a Colonel in 1992.
Notable areas of assignment include Germany, Vietnam, Turkey, and USA. Positions of note include command at all levels from company through brigade, and staff assignments at all levels to include in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, Department of the Army (Pentagon), and as Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Fourth US Army.
Awards include: Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2)
Karen Brown
Karen Brown
Class of 1970
Navy, 3 Years

Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Kati Dahlke (Ooms)
Kati Dahlke (Ooms)
Class of 1983
Air Force, 20+ Years

28 years with the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, Wisconsin Air National Guard. Retired 2011. Information Management, Airfield Management. Mountain Home AFB Idaho, Florennes Belgium, Wisconsin
Keith W. Van Dertholen
Keith W. Van Dertholen
Class of 1988
Army, 14 Years

I joined the Army in 1994. I was enlisted until 2000, I was accepted into the OCS program. I received my commission in August 2001. In 2003 I went AGR (active guard reserve) as a 1st lieutenant. I am stationed in Tampa, FL. I was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Group from 2003-206. In November 2006, I was attached to the 332nd Transportation Battalion in Tampa, FL in the S3 Operation section. In March 2007, I was promoted to Captaion and became the S3 Operation Officer (full time) as that became my new assignment. I stationed here until my next deployment or pcs duty assignment.
Ken Doop
Ken Doop
Class of 1963
Army, 3 Years

My IIS deferment went flying in 1967 and so did I (I didn't have a bone spur!). From Pullman, I flew to Fort Lewis for nine weeks of basic training. I got an expert badge on an M-14 and then flew to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey for seven months of Fixed Station Transmitter School. I got a First Phone degree at Monmouth. I then drove my 1960 Bug to Albuquerque. I was there for seven weeks. Turned out they didn't need me there. So, I waited for orders.
After ten weeks, orders came. "You are going to Viet Nam troop! Pack your stuff!". The next day, with my stuff packed, new orders came. I was to have three weeks leave, and then fly to Izmir,Turkey. Seems a NATO outfit needed me to help man a very large transmitter site. Nam was out and Izmir was in.
I was in Izmir for two years. I made E-5 after one and half years in the army. What a trip for a North Side Boy. Izmir was great. Roman ruins were all over the place as well as Greeks ruins. I found a cheap Lambretta Scooter and got my Turkish driver's license. I was turned loose on Turkish hiways.
Have you ever driven down a Roman paved road at 10 in the morning? I did that in Ephesus with hardly any people there.
At the end of three years I was let out of the army while still stationed in Izmir. So, from Izmir I flew to Rome. Later, from Rome, I took the train to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and England. After ten weeks of this, I flew out of London to New York, City. From New York I flew to Pullman and finished what I had started in 63. Then I flew to Wenatchee and taught English at Wenatchee High school for 27 years. I've been retired for 24 years. The years are flying away. Have you noticed?
Kendall Wilson
Kendall Wilson
Class of 1958
Army, 8 Years

Special Forces Captain
Kenneth Strunk
Kenneth Strunk
Class of 1969
Air Force, 7 Years

I entered basic training at Lackland AFB, TX a few days after graduation and trained as a Weapons Systems Mechanic (WCS) at Lowry AFB, CO. My first duty station was Phu Cat AFB, RVN from 1970-1971. My next station was George AFB, CA until early 1973, the final year as a cross-trained Illustrator. Next came an assignment to Training Aids Graphics at Lowry AFB, CO until mid-1974. I returned to WCS until 1975 at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand and from 1975-1976 at Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC.
Kevin Kuehn
Kevin Kuehn
Class of 1991
Air Force, 15 Years

Currently stationed in North Dakota. Served in Operations, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Operation Endeaver, Infinate Justice, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom
Kris (Staley) Jenkins
Kris (Staley) Jenkins
Class of 1975
Air Force, 4 Years

March '76- Dec '80. Worked as an Egress Technician on Ejection seats of the F-4. Stationed (after Basic in TX and training in IL) Homestead AFB, and then Ramstein Germany. Got out when I had kids while there, but then went with my husband to Ellsworth AFB, SD and Eielson AFB, AK. Currently work with the US Army as a Civilian since 2007.
Laurence K Mellgren
Laurence K Mellgren
Class of 1960
Army, 20+ Years

Company Commander B Company 23rd ENGR BN 3rd Armored Division,Germany Commander 659th Engr Co( Const Support) Spokane Commander 513th Mnt Bn Boston, DA Staff Officer DCSLOG, Pentagon. Retired as LTCOL

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