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

Albert J Grecco
Albert J Grecco Class of 1978
Navy, 20+ Years
Captain Albert J. Grecco is a native of Poughkeepsie, New York. He is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned. After initial Surface Warfare training in Newport, RI, Captain Grecco was stationed aboard USS KING (DDG 41) where he served as Gunnery Officer and TERRIER Missile Officer, and completed a 1984 deployment to the Persian Gulf. He entered the Weapon Systems Engineering program at the Naval Postgraduate School, became an Engineering Duty Officer, and graduated in 1988 with a Masters of Science in Engineering Science. Captain Grecco has served in acquisition and engineering assignments in both headquarters and the field. He served as a Project Officer at the Naval Ship Weapon Systems Engineering Station, where he led the Developmental Testing of Mk 92 Mod 6 Firecontrol system on USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61). His headquarter assignments have included tours as Technical Director for the NAVSEA Surveillance Systems Subgroup (SEA 62X), and as a Ship Self-Defense Systems Engineer in the Program Executive Office, Theater Air Defense. Captain Grecco returned to sea to serve as Combat Systems Officer, USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47), where he completed a 1995 deployment to Sixth Fleet and conducted EASTPAC counter-narcotic operations. He was assigned to the Program Executive Office, DD 21 and Associated Programs and served as the first Combat Systems Officer for the DD 21 Program. Subsequent assignments included tours in the Program Executive Office, Theater Surface Combatants as the Aegis Shipbuilding Combat Systems, Test and Trials Officer (PMS 400D5) and Aegis Combat Systems Engineer (PMS 400B3), and as the DD(X) Warfare Systems Engineer in the Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems. Captain Grecco was selected as the Program Manager and Technical Director for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System where his program accrued an unequaled record of successful exoatmospheric intercepts to include the satellite shootdown of a failed U. S. reconnaissance satellite that posed a danger to population centers. His last assignment while on active duty was Major Program Manager for Integrated Combat Systems in the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems. Since retiring in January 2011, he has been employed by Mission Solutions Engineering, LLC as the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. Captain Grecco's personal decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with gold star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with gold star; Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars; Navy Achievement Medal; NATO medal; and is the 2009 recipient of the American Society of Naval Engineers Gold Medal Award. He is married to the former Lacy Williams of Norfolk, Virginia and has two daughters.
Charles H Bate Jr
Charles H Bate Jr Class of 1986
Army, 20+ Years
Served as a 33T Electronic Warfare Tactical Systems Repairer. Saved a Fellow Soldiers Life during a training exercise in Panama. Served as a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Maintenance Supervisor, and 1SG. Deployed to El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, and Haiti.was the rear Detachment 1SG for Kosovo SFOR 4 and OIF for HHOC 101st MI BN Wurzburg, Germany.
Dave Bennett
Dave Bennett Class of 1966
Navy, 20+ Years
Served nearly 40 yrs, Oct '68 - Jul '08. Enlisted service E1 - CPO, Chief Warrant service CWO2 & CWO3, LDO Commissioned service retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Stationed at NAS Lakehurst,NJ; NAS Barbers Point,Hi; NAS Jax,FL; NAS Roosevelt Roads,PR; NAS Bermuda; NAS Cecil Fld,FL; NAS Pensacola,FL; NAS Glenview,IL; NAS GTMO,Cuba; NAS Sigonella,Sicily; NAF Atsugi,Japan; NAS Brunswick,Me; NASJRB Willow Grove,Pa.
Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Joined Regular Army 1980, retired Ft.Carson, Co. in 2000. Served several stateside asssignments. Most of my duty was overseas in several locations. 12 years forward deployed with 1st Armor division. Guarded the Fulda Gap with 1/11 ACR Blackhorse when the wall was still up. Invaded Bosnia in 1995 along with serving in the Gulf War while assigned to 1st Armor Division, 2/68 Armor, Silverlions. Awarded numerous citations and military honors.
German A. Ortiz
German A. Ortiz Class of 2002
Air Force, 10 Years
Financial Management Crafstman Deployed to Afghanistan (2013)
Joe Patterson
Joe Patterson Class of 1981
Navy, 20+ Years
Aircraft Engine Mechanic, Naval Aircrewman, Search and Rescue, Master Training Specialist
Joseph Acampora
Joseph Acampora Class of 1995
Navy, 15 Years
Currently serving on Active Duty
Laszlo J. Galambos
Laszlo J. Galambos Class of 1973
Navy, 20+ Years
Numerous shipboad asignment. Retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3
Major Richard F Schofield USMC (ret)
Major Richard F Schofield USMC (ret) Class of 1979
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Jan 1983 - Feb 2011. E1-E7//WO//CWO2//CWO3//CAPT & MAJOR
Marc Hennemann
Marc Hennemann Class of 1968
Air Force, 20+ Years
Intelligence analyst, US Air force, 1973-1994. Stationed in Texas (twice), Colorado (twice), Hawaii (twice), Nebraska, Virginia, South Carolina, Saudi Arabia (Desert Shield/Desert Storm) and Oklahoma. Retired now and proud to have served.
Marc Hennemann
Marc Hennemann Class of 1968
Air Force, 20+ Years
I served in Air Force intelligence from 1973-1994, including Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Mark S. LaPlante
Mark S. LaPlante Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years
Served as Vet Tech, Stationed ROC, "68-"70, Kelly AFB, "70-"71. Should have stayed in longer.
Michael N Sawick
Michael N Sawick Class of 1966
Army, 20+ Years
Began as a Communications Center Specialist and ended as a Senior Armor Sergeant
MICHAEL N SAWICK Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years
Armor Corps,(tanker), retired as Tank Company First Sergeant
Pete Carlos
Pete Carlos Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years
Department of National Defense, Canada
Philip Barnes
Philip Barnes Class of 1980
Navy, 6 Years
Served as Electronic Tech on the EA6B Prowler VAQ-133 from 1982 to 1988. Was deployed on USS Enterprise CVN-65 during that time. Made 2 World Cruise on board USS Enterprise.
Philip G. Barnes
Philip G. Barnes Class of 1980
Navy, 7 Years
VAQ-133 Electronic Warfare Sqaudron stationed at Whidbey Island, Washington. Deployed on board USS Eneterpise CVN-65
Reggie Lambright
Reggie Lambright Class of 1981
Army, 4 Years
Served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm
Robert Shano
Robert Shano Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years
Master Sergeant Infantry Regular Army 1968 to 1973 Reenlisted Regular Army 1975 to 1982 Army National Guard 1983 to 1985 Army Reserve 1985 to 1987 Reenlisted Army Reserve 2002 to Present Most recent deployment: Afghanistan 2007-2008 Previous deployment: Iraq 2004-2005
Russell Van Pelt
Russell Van Pelt Class of 1963
Air Force, 4 Years
Education Specialist at Grand Forks AFB, ND

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