Righetti High School Alumni

Santa Maria, California (CA)

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Military High School Alumni

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Honored Military Alumni

Ale Vargas
Ale Vargas
Class of 1993
Army, 14 Years

Has searved over 14 years in the US Army. Has been deployed to Afghanistan as well as other remote locations. Is currently serving in the Dallas Tx area.
Benjamin David Soto
Benjamin David Soto
Class of 1998
Marine Corps, 8 Years

1341HE Mechanic
Machine Gunner 240G/50Cal/249SAW
Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell
Class of 1984
Air Force, 20+ Years

Honarable, spent 25 years. Currently on terminal leave in the state of Utah
Brian Olmsted
Brian Olmsted
Class of 1983
Navy, 4 Years

Served 1986-1990
Honorably Discharged
Avaiton Structural Mechanic 3rd Class
Served with the following: VA-105, VFA-106, VA-174, USS Forrestal, N.A.S. Cecil Field.
3 Letters of Appreciation, 2 Commendations, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditiary Medal.
Served during the Iran and Iraq war, escorting oil tankers through the Persian Gulf
Freedom Isn't Free!!!
Cynthia Reichelt Gibson
Cynthia Reichelt Gibson
Class of 1992
Army Reserves, 12 Years

Deployed twice to Afghanistan once in 06-07 with the 198th MP.
2012-13 125th TC
David A. Moore
David A. Moore
Class of 1984
Air Force, 20+ Years

Stationed at:
Vandenberg AFB, CA Jun 85-Jul 93
4392nd/30th Civil Engineering Squadron
Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Jul 93-Jul 94
554th REH HORSE Civil Engineering Squadron
Holloman AFB, NM Jul 94-Jul 97
49th Material Maintenance Squadron
Malmstrom AFB, MT Jul 97-Aug 05
819th RED HORSE Squadron
Deployed in support of:
Hurricane Mitch Relief
Operation Fuerte Apoyo/JTF Aguila, Guatemala 98
Operation New Horizons, Bolivia 99
Operation Desert Shift, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, 00
Operation Enduring Freedom, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, 02-03
DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/5 OLC
Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/5 OLC
National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War onTerrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Short Tour
AF Expeditionary Service Ribbonw/ Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service Medal w/4 OLC
USAF NCO PME Graduation Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon
Dawn Holt
Dawn Holt
Class of 1998
Navy, 4 Years

Ummm...good food, good people, hard work, outstanding views on many different coasts. Fair winds and following seas most of the time!
Donald Thomas
Donald Thomas
Class of 1971
Army, 16 Years

Air Scout, Military Police
8 Years (3 tours) in Germany
1 Year Korea
2 Years Ft. McCallen, AL
3 Years Ft. Lewis, WA
Doug Foster
Doug Foster
Class of 2010
Air Force, 2 Years

Special Vehicle Maintenance
Doug Foster
Doug Foster
Class of 2010
Air Force, 2 Years

22nd Air Mobile out of McConnell Air Base Kanas
Doug Sekishiro
Doug Sekishiro
Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years

Currently a Commander, Medical Service Corps, US Navy. Served in OIF in 2003 with the Marines. Previously stationed in San Diego, Guantanamo Bay, & Oakland; duty in DC, Florida, Washington, Italy, Korea, & Virginia.
Douglas Sekishiro
Douglas Sekishiro
Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years

Over 20 years as a Medical Service Corps officer, both active and reserve. Duty stations included Naval Hospital San Diego, NAVHOSP Guantanamo Bay, USNS Mercy, 4th Medical Battalion (OIF)
Eric Broughton
Eric Broughton
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Over 23 years as an AF Security Policeman/Security Forces. Now a SMSgt (E-8) stationed at Robins AFB, GA.
glen newell
glen newell
Class of 2000
Army, 4 Years

Served 4 years was medically retired.
GREGORY L BENNETT
GREGORY L BENNETT
Class of 1965
Air Force, 5 Years

T-38 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
Jerry McNown
Jerry McNown
Class of 1967
Air Force, 5 Years

Served four years and three days discharged as a Tech sergeant served in Republic of Vietnam 69-70-71. Thanx to all who served in the military everywhere
Jim Gowin
Jim Gowin
Class of 1986
Army, 8 Years

Served in Persion Gulf during Desert Storm
519th Maint CS
John Mulkerin
John Mulkerin
Class of 1970
Air Force, 23 Years

Saw the world.
John Schillinger
John Schillinger
Class of 1984
Navy, 8 Years

ET1(SW) Served at CCNAS and on board USS Sentry
Jon McCormack
Jon McCormack
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 9 Years

9 years of service and counting- Iraq, Kuwait, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Korea.
Josh Cheney
Josh Cheney
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 4 Years

1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team
3rd Battalion 1st Marines
Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia
Class of 1969
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired as Navy Chaplain with the rank of Commander. Served as Department Head of the CVN 74, AirCraftCarrier, John C. Stennis, 911
Mike Pepper
Mike Pepper
Class of 1978
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired after almost 28 years of active duty; last tour in Afghanistan was with NATO. Married for 25 years, three sons (one an Army paratrooper).
MSgt Tim Carney
MSgt Tim Carney
Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years

Overseas duty locations: Qatar, Turkey, Japan

ASSIGNMENTS:
1.Sep 88, Dec 89: 39th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey
2. Jan 90, Apr 92: 57th Component Repair Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada
3. Apr 92, May 95: USAF Honor Guard, Bolling AFB, Washington DC
4. May 95, May 97: Flight Attendant, 1st Airlift Squadron, Andrews AFB, Maryland
5. May 97, Jul 98: Sensor Student, 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
6. Jul 98, Oct 01 : USAF Honor Guard, Bolling AFB, Washington DC
7. Oct 01, Apr 04: Military Training Leader, 365th Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
8. Jun 04, Sep 06: Command Post Supt, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, California
9. Oct 06, Aug 08: Command Post & Antiterrorism Office, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Japan

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)
Air Force Commendation Medal, 2 OLC
Air Force Achievement Medal, 4 OLC
AF Outstanding Unit Award, 4 OLC
AF Organizational Excellence Award, 1 OLC
AF Good Conduct Medal, 6 OLC
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short, 1 OLC
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, 4 OLC
USAF NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, 2 OLC
AF Training Ribbon
Nathaniel A Bernardo
Nathaniel A Bernardo
Class of 1978
Air Force, 20+ Years

Honorably retired in 2008. Served from 29 March 1978 and retired 1 April 2008. Retired as Chief Master Sergeant. Some of the positions held while in active duty: Avionics Instruments Specialist (8 Years), Satellite, Wideband and Telemetry Systems Craftsman, Communication Site Chief, and Communication-Electronics Manager.
Nicholas Gnesa
Nicholas Gnesa
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 1 Years

Combat service support Combat Logistics Company 21 Engineers platoon Water Support Technician 1171
RICK GARGANO
RICK GARGANO
Class of 1982
Air Force, 8 Years

NON DESTRUCTIVE INSPECTION SPECIALIST. SERVED IN DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM
Rick Marks
Rick Marks
Class of 1969
Army, 3 Years

1971. Basic training Fort Ord Ca. Aircraft Maintenance Fort Rucker Al. Advanced Infantry training Fort Polk La. Non-Commisioned Officer training (NCOC school). Heilbronn Germany until 1974.
Rob Cadam
Rob Cadam
Class of 1993
Navy, 5 Years

US Navy Submariner, USS Seawolf (SSN-21), ET2(SS) radioman. Groton, CT
ROBERT HUNT
ROBERT HUNT
Class of 1995
Army, 12 Years

STATIONED IN: BAUMHOLDER-GERMANY, COLORADO, KENTUCKY, OKINAWA-JAPAN, CALIFORNIA and LOUISIANA.

SERVED IN: BOSNIA, AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ.
( medically retired after being wounded in Iraq )

AWARDS: PURPLE HEART (2), ARMY COMMIDATION MEDAL (2), ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL (5), GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL (3), NATIONAL DEFFENSE SERVICE MEDAL (2), ARMED FORCES EXPEDITONARY MEDAL, AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL (WITH ARROWHEAD), IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL, ARMED FORCES SERVICE MEDAL, HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL (2), NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MEDAL, ARMY SERVICE MEDAL, OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL (4), NATO MEDAL (FORMER YUGOSLAVIA), COMBAT ACTION BADGE, AIR ASSAULT BADGE and EXPERT MARKSMANSHIP BADGE'S (RIFLE, PISTOL, GRENADE).
Sean McHugh
Sean McHugh
Class of 1991
Army, 8 Years

Graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey in 1993. During 8 years of service was station at Goodfellow AFB, TX, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, Ft. Hood, TX, and the United Kingdom.
sergio velasquez
sergio velasquez
Class of 1995
Marine Corps, 10 Years

Serving as a Communications Marine. Have deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Stephen Hayner
Stephen Hayner
Class of 1990
Army, 11 Years

Army Signal Corp
Tim Carney
Tim Carney
Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years

Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired
William (Ed) Odell
William (Ed) Odell
Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired Navy Sonar Technician

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