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

alphonso dorrell
alphonso dorrell Class of 1986
Army, 3 Years
carlos a martir Khan r
carlos a martir Khan r Class of 1972
Army Reserves, 20+ Years
OCS class 75.commissioned field artillery. Branch transferred to jag. Retired 2000 grade of major. Multiple deployments.
Fernando Munoz
Fernando Munoz Class of 1957
Air Force, 4 Years
Crash & Structural Firefighter at Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS, Otis AFB & King Salmon AFB in Alaska.
Fernando Rosado
Fernando Rosado Class of 1997
Army, 6 Years
Fred Horman
Fred Horman Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 3 Years
Vietnam - September 67 - November 68
George Schaffhauser
George Schaffhauser Class of 1949
Air Force, 4 Years
Radar Tech...many different bases
James Rogers
James Rogers Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years
AT2 onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in 1978. Currently MA1 onboard NAVSTA NORFOLK.
John A Marcangelo
John A Marcangelo Class of 1946
Army, 2 Years
Combat Engrs Punch Bowl Heartbreak Ridge Five months on the front line 38 th Parallel. Now living in Burlington, Ma.
John Banyi
John Banyi Class of 1955
Air Force, 20+ Years
Started out in 1961 as enlisted person, working in the Aero-Medical Evacuation System. Receiveda BA in Math from SUNY New Paltz and entered Officer Trainining School in 1966, and graduated in August 1966. Went to the basic Air Force Communications School at Keesler AFB, MS, and finished in May 1967. Assigned to the 6595th Aerospace Test Wing at Vandenberg CA, and assigned as the Chief Communications Officer for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program before it became the NASAs Shuttle program. Then I was assigned to the 2128 Comm Squadron at Tainan Air Base, Taiwan, and assigned as the Chief of Communcations Operations. Then assigned to the 1946th Communications Squadron located at Tempelhof Central Airport, Berlin Germany, as Chief of Communications Operations. RThe U.S. icommunications interface with the Allied Kommanditura. Then I went to the advanced Air Force Communications School at Keesler AFB, MS. Upon graduation assigned to the Concepts, Systems and Studies Division of the Tactical Air Force Intelligence Deputate, at Langley AFB, VA. Functioned as the Chief Communications Engineer, in developing several ground intelligence interpretation systems, and integration of intellegence with ground operations, which were used in Desert Storm Operations. Then assigned to the 1946th Communications Group, Yokpota AB, Japan. Worked several intelligence projects in Japan and Korea. Then assigned back to the Concepts, Systems and Studies Division of the Intelligence Deputate at HQ Tact, Langley AFB, VA. Retired May, 1983.
John Sulsona
John Sulsona Class of 1962
Air Force, 4 Years
SAC / ATC Lowry AFB Colorado
Lucas Vega
Lucas Vega Class of 1968
Air Force, 4 Years
1968-1972...Stationed at Brandywine Transmitter Site in Maryland for Two Years... Then Two years in Elizondo Spain, Radar Site.
Luis Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez Class of 1991
Marine Corps, 19 Years
20 yrs summer of 2011
Pedro "Pete" Rodriguez
Pedro "Pete" Rodriguez Class of 1983
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Proudly served in the Marine Corps with various ground, air, and support units in a myriad of duties, jobs, and capabilities and in combat theaters of operation to include "Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Also served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, S.C. from 1994-1996 training recruits to become basically trained Marines.
Peter McLarnon
Peter McLarnon Class of 1958
Army, 2 Years
Military Police 1966-1967 Ft. Riley Kansas 1967-1968 Viet Nam = Nah Trang & Phu Bai wounded May 22, 1968 in Phu Bai Mostly recovered
Placido Figueroa
Placido Figueroa Class of 1962
Air Force, 20+ Years
Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant after 27 years of our nation. Enlisted in September 1963 and completed basic training at Lackland AFB, TX. The training I recieved at Gompers helped me go straight into the communications field at Cape Kennedy Florida. I worked on several man, spcce miissle programs there. I soon served in the Viet Nam Theater for two plus years. I had the pleasure to travel the world and remember the good times I had at Gompers. I retired in February, 1991 in Sacramento, California. I presently live in Montevallo Alabama completely retired.
Richard Rivera
Richard Rivera Class of 1971
Air Force, 20+ Years
Jun 1971 - Aug 1971, Lackland AFB, TX, Air Force Basic Training 3723 Squadron Flight 1009. Aug 1971 - Feb 1972, F.E. Warren AFB, WY, 809th Security Police Squadron, Security Policeman, Missile Defense. Feb 1972 - Mar 1972 Lackland AFB, TX, Combat training for South East Asia tour of duty. Mar 1972 - March 1973, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 432nd Security Police Squadron, Security Policeman, Base Defense. Apr 1973 - Jun 1974, McGuire AFB, NJ, 2017th Communications Squadron, Ground Radio Operator Military Affiliate Radio Systems. Jun 1974 - Jun 1977, Torrejon AFB, Spain, HQ 1989th Communications Group, Ground Radio and Weather Intercept Operator. Jul 1977 - Jan 1981, Hickam AFB, HI, 6594th Test Group, Airborne Communications Systems Flight Instructor/Examiner. Jan 1981 - Mar 1981, Lackland AFB, TX, USAF Recruiting School. Mar 1981 - Oct 1983, Newburgh, NY 3516th USAF Recruiting Squadron, Unit OTS Recruiter in Wayne and Hackensack, NJ. Nov 1983 - May 1986, Tinker AFB, OK, 965th AWACS, Airborne Instructor Communications Systems Technician, flew multiple missions in the Persian Gulf. May 1986 - Apr 1988, Elmendorf AFB, AK, 962nd AWACS NCOIC Communications Systems Operator Training. Flew multiple missions intercepting Soviet aircraft's. Apr 1988 - Jun 1992, Elmendorf AFB, AK, 603rd Communications Squadron, Superintendent Command Graphics and Assistant Base Visual Information Manager. Jul 1992 Retired after 21 years of Honorable Service. Awarded 2 Meritorious Medals, Air Medal, 2 Air Force Commendation Medals, Air Force Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, 5 Good Conduct Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Senior Aircrew Member Wing, Converted Recruiting Silver Badge, and numerous other awards.
Saul Cornell
Saul Cornell Class of 1955
Army, 5 Years
musician 61st Army Band musician West Point Band
Shavonne Castro
Shavonne Castro Class of 1994
Navy, 14 Years
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive First Class
Steven Weinstein
Steven Weinstein Class of 1985
Army, 4 Years
Served 2 tours in Vietnam between April 68-April 69 and Feb 70-Feb 71. Member of the Top Secret US Army Security Agency. Performed ARDF with over 1200 hours over hostile territory

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Jose Matos
Class of '83

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