Military Alumni

Military High School 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

andrew chad pearson
andrew chad pearson
Class of 1992
Navy, 14 Years

Currently serving aboard the USS Boxer LHD-4 out of San Diego California. Ist Class Petty Officer. Been in Desert Storm .
Anthony P Bannister
Anthony P Bannister
Class of 1992
Navy, 10 Years

Supply Corps Officer currently serving in Pensacola, FL at Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit, Navy Recruiting Command.
Bill Haselow
Bill Haselow
Class of 1975
Navy Reserves, 4 Years

4 years active as Flight Surgeon, USMC, MAG-31. 10 years in reserves.
Brian Vanderberg
Brian Vanderberg
Class of 1986
Army, 8 Years

OH-58D Aeroscout Pilot
Charnita M Simmonds
Charnita M Simmonds
Class of 2000
Army, 11 Years

Combat Veteran (OIF, OEF), Retired under honorable discharge
Chuck Luley
Chuck Luley
Class of 1963
Army, 4 Years

Commission 2LT from Western Michigan University ROTC. Branch was Army Chemical Corps. Taught at 6th US Army Chemical School in Ft. Lewis, WA. Spent one year in Vietnam as maintenance platoon leader repairing mechanized flame throwers plus was operations officer for 1st Division equipment transfer to ARVN. Last duty station was Ft. Hood, TX in S-3 operations. Left the army as Captain.
Cory Herriges
Cory Herriges
Class of 2002
Army, 6 Years

Currently stationed at Fort Rucker Alabama, with Wife and 2 children. Served 2 .. 1 year tours in Iraq.
Cynthia Powers aka Cynthia Haynes
Cynthia Powers aka Cynthia Haynes
Class of 1969
Air Force, 23 Years

Retied from USAF after 23 years. Went to Portage Central for 3 years - graduated 1969.
David Kalinske
David Kalinske
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 20 Years

Career officer & aviator. F/A-18 pilot. TopGun graduate. Commanding Officer. Aide to 2 U.S. Presidents (Bush & Obama).
David Roberts
David Roberts
Class of 1960
Air Force, 4 Years

Air traffic controller at Lakenheath AFB, England, Nouasseur AFB, Morocco and Hamilton AFB, CA.
Dean Brown
Dean Brown
Class of 1964
Air Force, 4 Years

Air force intelligence middle east and Western European theater.
Donald (Don) Rawlinson
Donald (Don) Rawlinson
Class of 1964
Army, 4 Years

Helicopter Pilot deployed 1967, A Co. 4th Aviation Bn, 4th Infantry Division, Callsign Blackjack, Army 1965-1969, Life Member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Combat Helicopters Pilots Association, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, VFW, American Legion, DAV, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Doug Pandol
Doug Pandol
Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years

U.S. Army Special Operations
douglas dowell
douglas dowell
Class of 1961
Air Force, 7 Years

airborn radio operator
Douglas Pandol
Douglas Pandol
Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years

U.S. Army Special Operations
HM1 Jennifer Whitmore "Schluter"
HM1 Jennifer Whitmore "Schluter"
Class of 1995
Navy, 9 Years

Proudly served 9 years and loved every moment. Stationed from Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan, to time served with the Marines of 2nd Medical Batallion, 2FSSG, to instructing at Aerospace Medical Tech School on NAS Pensacola, FL.
James Burdette
James Burdette
Class of 1967
Navy, 6 Years

Member of VFW and American Leigon
James Gardner
James Gardner
Class of 1959
Army, 2 Years

Please research this--He left a wife & family behind serving his country. I'm not sure of details.
James Stafford
James Stafford
Class of 1963
Army, 3 Years

Map Compiling Instructor, Member of Fort Belvoir Drill Team.
Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz
Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years

Amphibious Navy
Jeremy Salerno
Jeremy Salerno
Class of 2005
Navy, 1 Years

EMFA
Jim Burdette
Jim Burdette
Class of 1967
Navy, 8 Years

Member of the VFW & American Leigon
John M. Wilson
John M. Wilson
Class of 2000
Air Force, 6 Years

Security Forces (Military Police) at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.
John Paul Meints
John Paul Meints
Class of 1988
Navy, 4 Years

Airman
.Combat Veteran - Desert Shield/ Desert Storm
Licensed Electrician
John Wilson
John Wilson
Class of 2000
Air Force, 5 Years

Currently Serving in the Air Force in the Security Forces career field. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
john zesiger
john zesiger
Class of 1986
Army, 8 Years

CPT, U.S. Infantry
Jose Cardoza
Jose Cardoza
Class of 1990
Navy, 17 Years

United States Navy Logistics Specialist Senior Chief Submarines
Jose Cardoza
Jose Cardoza
Class of 1990
Navy, 17 Years

U.S Navy Submarine Senior Chief Logistics Specialist
Larry Larsson
Larry Larsson
Class of 1975
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired Chief Petty Officer
Currently working as a Dept of the Navy Cilivilan (GS) for MSC Military Sealift Command as the Dry Cargo / Special Operations Officer.
Lee Lance
Lee Lance
Class of 1976
Army, 19 Years

79-96 and 2000-04 got medical disharge, now retired have over 20yrs pay wise. but left PC in 74 Grad 76 in Rockford
Leilani Miller  (Burris)
Leilani Miller (Burris)
Class of 1964
Army, 6 Years

Joined the WAC's 1970. Became a Medical Clinical Spec. Stationed at Walter Reed and Ft Wainwright Alaska. Was Medivac on Hueys, and night charge nurse of an ER . Was trained at FT Sam Houston TX. Got out While in Alaska.
Major Dave Kalinske
Major Dave Kalinske
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 15 Years

F/A-18 pilot
Marc Konyndyk
Marc Konyndyk
Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years

Joined in 1985, currently stationed in Alaska
Marie Valenzuela
Marie Valenzuela
Class of 1972
Army, 3 Years

3 years active, 8 years Army Reserves.
Served in Fort Benning, GA and Frankfurt Germany.
Marie Valenzuela
Marie Valenzuela
Class of 1972
Army, 3 Years

97th General Hospital, Frankfurt Germany

I also served 8 years in the Army Reserves
MARK EBERSTEIN
MARK EBERSTEIN
Class of 1977
Navy, 4 Years

I WAS A AIRCRAFT MECHANIC FOR FOUR YEARS AND TODAY AM A AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR WITH US AIRWAYS.
Mark Kudlas
Mark Kudlas
Class of 1999
Air Force, 6 Years

Industrial Power Generation Mechanic
Master Sergeant Joseph B. McMullin
Master Sergeant Joseph B. McMullin
Class of 1986
Army, 20+ Years

Served in the United States Army for 20+ years
Matthew Rogers
Matthew Rogers
Class of 1983
Air Force, 8 Years

Security Police Squadron and Desert Storm Veteran.
Nicole Dewitt
Nicole Dewitt
Class of 2004
Air Force, 4 Years

Weapons F-16

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Portage Central High School Classmates

Micayle "micki" Turner
Class of '76

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Class of 1985

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