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

Alberta McGhee Koch
Alberta McGhee Koch Class of 1965
Air Force, 4 Years
Worked at Travis AFB in passenger service and loaded all personal on the planes going to Viet Nam. Also took care of all the movie stars going over to entertain the troops. I joined so that I could get the GI bill to go to college which I did in California. Because of my Air Force experience I worked at the airlines for 33 years before I retired. I loved doing my job.
Bob Allen
Bob Allen Class of 1960
Air Force, 2 Years
Dentist in Miles City ,Montana with the US Air Force
Bryan Sperling
Bryan Sperling Class of 1975
Navy, 20+ Years
Served a total of 25 years. 8 active and 17 reserve. Commands include USS Agerholm (DD-826) - two years, USS Chicago (CG11) - two years, NMCB 28 and NMCB 18 - thirteen years and SEAL Teams 2,4,17 & 18 - eight years. I did two combat tours - Iraq 2006/2007 and Afghanistan 2012/2013. Retired June 1, 2014 as a Chief Petty Officer.
Charmone (Edwards) Newell
Charmone (Edwards) Newell Class of 1989
Air Force, 20+ Years
Radar Operator - 105 AIr Control Sq (Cheney, WA) Radar Operator - Western Air Defense Sector (McChord AFB, WA) PME Instructor - Training & Educ Ctr (McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN) Fitness & Rec Supervisor - 134th Services Flt (McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN) 1st Sgt - 134th Mission Support Gp (McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN) Awards & Decorations Monitor - 134th Force Support Sq (McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN) Fitness Ctr Mgr - 94th Force Support Sq (Dobbins ARB, GA) 1st Sgt - 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Sq (Dobbins ARB, GA)
Dale Potvin
Dale Potvin Class of 1975
Coast Guard, 20+ Years
34 years service all over the country. Retired as Command Master Chief of the 9th District (Great Lakes region) and Master Chief Boatswain Mate. Been to the Arctic and Antarctic and every continent except Europe. Loved every minute of it!
Don C. Zachary
Don C. Zachary Class of 1951
Navy, 6 Years
Hospital Corpsman (PA, Surgical Tech), U.S. Navy, Korean War, two years active, four years reserve.
Gary Wheeldon
Gary Wheeldon Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years
Graduating from EWU in 1972 commissioned as a 2LT and then to active duty for 2 years serving in VA and then at Ft. Lewis. Released from active service and into the USAR at Mann Hall in the Engineers and eventually as the Commander of the 659th Engineer Co. Then into the 104th division Basic Training and eventually leaving there as a Maj. to the 91st Division and promotion to LTC and setting up a new Battalion to support testing of the National Guard and Reserve units being deployed to the Middle East. Promoted to Colonel I was assigned back to the 104th Division as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel with units from the Dakotas to the Pacific eventually retiring from there following the attack of 9/11 when I was released after 30 years of service.
Gerald (Jerry) Rittgarn
Gerald (Jerry) Rittgarn Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years
Was Drafted into the Army in 1966-1968
glenn fowler
glenn fowler Class of 1977
Coast Guard, 3 Years
traveled the pacific on the boutwell then finished on the small boats in seattle
Greg Mahler
Greg Mahler Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years
Air Cav. - Cav. - Armor - Support - Instructor PLDC/PNCOC - Drill Sgt. - Instructor NTC. - PLT. SGT. - 1SGT (on two continents) - SMG (on one continent)
Greg Newman
Greg Newman Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years
Radarman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Served on USS Kitty Hawk, 1968, off the coast of North Vietnam. Served one year "in country" Vietnam on river duty - the Brown Water Navy. Served on the USS Providence cruiser out of San Diego.
Gregory Newman
Gregory Newman Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years
As a radarman/radio operator served in Vietnam 5 months on USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf and 12 months inland on river duty. (On picture file, if the whole file appears, select the one with the VFW uniform.)
Irwin (Irv) Haynes
Irwin (Irv) Haynes Class of 1964
Navy, 20+ Years
5 yrs 4 mo. Active duty U. S. Navy as Aerographer's Mate.. (Weatherman) 1964-1969, Coast Guard Reserve Radar and Port Security/Safetyman. 1979-1989. U. S. Navy Reservist 1990-1996. Enjoyed seeing the world when I was young, now I feel like spending time with my grand kids. North Vietnam Verteran mostly Blue Water, USS Enterprise, USS Mahan and USS Wainwright. Shore stations at Fleet Weather Central Kodiak, Alaska; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Sangley Point, Manila, Philippines; Perth and Exmouth Australia assigned to the Australian Meteorological Bureau at Northwest Cape, AU. Coast Guard Reserve duty as boat, ship and barge inspector meeting with ships Captain and inspecting foreign and domestic vessels. Most memorable experience in the Military was climbing rope ladder from Destroyer to Helo above with no training or instruction and being Catapulted off the USS Coral Sea, Aircraft Carrier. Oceanographic and Meteorological forecasting for Submarines and Surface vessels.
Jack Haynes
Jack Haynes Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years
Security Police
james murphy
james murphy Class of 2004
Navy, 3 Years
Pearl Harbor hawaii
James Richard Shontell
James Richard Shontell Class of 1951
Coast Guard, 20+ Years
27 years US Coast guard
Jeff Kyle
Jeff Kyle Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years
Duty stations include: Diego Garcia BIOT, USS Kitty Hawk, NAS Guam, USS Carl Vinson, NAS Whidbey Island, USS Belleau Wood, TPU Bangor Washington, USS Peleliu.
Joe Shines
Joe Shines Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Special Operations, Logistcis Management
Karen Lee Kent
Karen Lee Kent Class of 1973
Army, 20+ Years
Registered Dietitian
Larry Short
Larry Short Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Serviced in USMC April 1966 thru April 1970. Trained as a Radar tech and stationed in Beaufort S.C. from 1967-70. Worked on F8, A4 and F4J aircraft. One of the luck ones who was never deployed to Vietnam. A honor which I would have been happy to have serviced.

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