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

Bill Lust
Bill Lust
Class of 1978
Army, 8 Years

Served 82-90 with Armed Forces Network Europe and Defense Information School. Won 2 Army Commendation and Achievement Medals as well as Joint Services Commendation Medal and 3 Good Conduct Medals
Bill Nance
Bill Nance
Class of 1988
Army, 3 Years

I proudly served from August 1988 to August 1991, spending 5 months in Iraq/Saudi/Kuwait during the 1st Gulf War. My state-side service consisted of 2-1/2 years at Ft. Riley Kansas.
brent lane
brent lane
Class of 1992
Navy, 3 Years

he served in the navy from 92 to 95 and got out i on a medical discharge. he fell 37 feet and hurt his back
Cathy Hughes Thomas
Cathy Hughes Thomas
Class of 1978
Air Force, 4 Years

Wideband Communications (Electornics) Instructor.
Christopher Prater
Christopher Prater
Class of 1988
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served 20 years in the Air Force in Civil Engineering. My assignments include Okinawa, North Dakota, Guam, Washington, Utah, and Spain with deployments to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan and a multitude of TDYs all over the world. Retired in Jaunuary 2010
Gregory L. Betz
Gregory L. Betz
Class of 1966
Air Force, 3 Years

Worked as a one and two engine jet mechanic. Served 10 months in Viet Nam and was discharged immediately upon coming back to the United States.
Jay Van Voorhis
Jay Van Voorhis
Class of 2002
Army, 4 Years

Currently in Iraq proudly serving our country. Recently re-enlisted for 6 more years. Intends to make Uncle Sam a career. Loving every minute!!
GO VIKES!
Jay Van Voorhis
Jay Van Voorhis
Class of 2002
Army, 7 Years

Jay spent Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri. His training was nuclear,
chemical and biological warfare. After graduation and for his second specialized training, Jay was fortunate enough to spend the next 3 years in Hawaii. Jay was then deployed to Iraq where he spent 15 months. Upon returning, was stationed stateside. Jay will leave for his second deployment in the Spring of 2010.
Jeff Vaughn
Jeff Vaughn
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served 28 years with 3 deployments ( Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq). Earned 7 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Air Force Commendation Medals, 3 Air Force Achievement Medals, The NATO Medal, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom And Iraqi Freedom Medals
John E Haverstock
John E Haverstock
Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years

Sr Command Pilot and Flight Instructor
4500+ Flight Hours
Stationed in Alabama, California (twice), Maine and Washington
Temporary overseas duty in numerous countries
Retired after 28 years of duty
Currently working in Washington DC for the US Senate Sargeant at Arms
Jonathan Ryan
Jonathan Ryan
Class of 1982
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired PR1(PJ)
Kathy Johnson
Kathy Johnson
Class of 1973
Air Force, 4 Years

Aircraft Radio Repair - worked KC 135s at Rickenbacher AFB Ohio and Kadena AB, Okinawa Japan
Larry Martin
Larry Martin
Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years

305th Headquarters Squadron Group
8th Air Force
Mike Kindell
Mike Kindell
Class of 1998
Air Force, 6 Years

Security Forces; Multiple deployments to the Middle East.
Roger Stevens
Roger Stevens
Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years

Lithographer on board USS Saratoga CV-60 (Aircraft Carrier) from 1977 to 1981. Navy Seabees from 1981 til retirement in 1996. Naval reserves from 1996 til 2006.
Scott Murphy
Scott Murphy
Class of 1997
Army, 10 Years

Served in the Army from 1997-2007.Was discharged for Medical reasons.While in the Army he was awarded the Purple Heart, 3 Army Commendation medals one with a Valor Device,a Good Conduct Medal, and Proudly served 2 tour in Iraq.
Stephen W Smith
Stephen W Smith
Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years

Joined USN Reserves while in high school. Prior to going on active duty started college at University of South Florida. Shortly before graduating with a BS in EE applied for and was accepted into Naval Flight Officer program. Earned a commission and Wings of Gold in 1970. Operated electronic warfare system in EA-6Bs out of NAS Whidbey Island WA for 6 years. Transferred to Naval Post Graduate School where I earned a Masters Degree in Systems Technology (EW). Stationed in San Diego, Japan, the Pentagon, Naval Air Systems Command, then as Operations Officer on Admiral's Staff at NAS Whidbey Island, WA where I retired in JAN 1993 with rank of Commander (05). Had a total of 38 years 2 months of military service. What a time!

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Class of '77

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