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

Charles York
Charles York Class of 1985
Navy, 20+ Years
Served honorably and proud as a US Navy Senior Chief (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare) Master-at-Arms (Law Enforcement). Retired and now residing in Arizona.
Chris Burnett
Chris Burnett Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years
Served as a professional musician with US Army Bands Career Program. His honorable services resulted in the receipt of numerous award decorations, for both musical and military excellence, and include: the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two individual awards of the Army Meritorious Service Medal, and many others. Notable highlights of his military music career include: a Staff and Faculty assignment at the Armed Forces School of Music; Leading Chief Petty Officer of the NATO Band at Naples, Italy where he served as NATO Ceremonial Band Conductor, Jazz Ensemble Director, and featured soloist during performance tours which also included several television broadcasts; being featured at the age of 23 years old, as jazz alto saxophone soloist with the Hof Symphony Orchestra (Germany) during two recorded Hauptkoncert (Main Concert) performances of the Rolf Liebermann 12-tone serial work, Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra (comp. 1954); along with jazz performances with his quartet outside of the military jobs.
John R. Dowty
John R. Dowty Class of 1987
Army, 10 Years
10 years of service. Enlisted in Dec 1987 as a 13B, field artillery. Served in Ft. Benning, GA., Camp Page, Korea, Ft. Polk, LA., in the first 4 years. While in Korea I had a chance to fly in a UH-60 Blackhawk and loved it, so while in Ft. Polk I reinlisted to 67T, utility helicoper repair, Blackhawk mechanic...then the next 6 years I spent in Illeshiem, Germany, Ft. Carson, CO., Sololia, Kuwait. Don't regret any of the time spent in the military...some days I do miss flying....
Lori Brown
Lori Brown Class of 1995
Army, 11 Years
Joined the US Army in1997 as a Wheel Vehicle Mechanic. Has been stationed in Alaska, Korea, Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas. Spent time in Louisianna and California for field training exercises. Is currently deployed to Iraq for the second time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Morgan Van Ness
Morgan Van Ness Class of 2000
Air Force, 11 Years
Still serving on Active Duty!

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