Shades Valley High School Alumni

Birmingham, Alabama (AL)

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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

CHARLES BURRELL
CHARLES BURRELL
Class of 1981
Navy, 20+ Years

Senior Chief Electronic Technician, served onboard USS Cape Cod AD-43, USS Port Royal CG-73, and USS John C Stennis CVN 73. Retired after 22 years.
Chris Ragland
Chris Ragland
Class of 2000
Army, 4 Years

Military Police, Deployed twice to Iraq
Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
Class of 1985
Army, 19 Years

Army Lieutenant Colonel currently serving in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. My military career has taken me several overseas posts that include duty in Germany, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait. The family and I will at Italy this summer.
DALE HOLSOMBECK
DALE HOLSOMBECK
Class of 1988
Army, 17 Years

Infantry and Military Police Officer served in both the Reserve and National Guard, Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran 03-04.
Dani Seals
Dani Seals
Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years

Served 22 years and 4months highlight of my military career Senior Military Instructor at the University of Southern Cal and University of Cal, Long beach
David Shamburger
David Shamburger
Class of 1973
Air Force, 25 Years

Commissioned Second Lieutenant, United States Air Force on May 29, 1979; first assignment to Laughlin AFB, Texas for Undergraduate Pilot Training, Class 81-03, earning the aeronautical rating of Pilot on February 25, 1981; first operational assignment was to Loring AFB, Maine, flying the KC-135A Stratotanker to Europe and the Middle East. Subsequent assignments included Columbus AFB Mississippi as a T-37 Flight Instructor, Randolph AFB, Texas as a Flight Instructor Trainer, Robins AFB, Georgia, as Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot flying the KC-135R Stratotanker to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Carribbean. Served six months in OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, flying 60 combat support missions into Iraq from bases in Oman and Egypt. Later served at Headquarters Air Training Command’s Flying Training Division, followed by a 2nd tour at Randolph AFB Pilot Instructor Training Center as Chief of Squadron Pilot Upgrade Section. Final assignment was at the Lackland AFB, Texas Inter-American Air Force Academy (IAAFA) as Flight and Squadron Commander. Retired in 2004 as USAF Command Pilot with over 4,500 flying hours and the Master Flight Instructor Certificate. Earned citations include four Meritorious Service Medals, three Combat Air Medals, Aerial Achievement Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Dexter D. Stallion
Dexter D. Stallion
Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years

US Navy Chief Petty Officer Surface Warfare
Dexter Stallion
Dexter Stallion
Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years

Served in the fighting SeaBees and on several Naval Shipps
Don Anderson
Don Anderson
Class of 1979
Navy, 6 Years

Bioler Technician First Class
USS Glover ff1098
USS King DDG 41
Traveled the world, no regrets
Eddie Weas
Eddie Weas
Class of 1977
Air Force, 15 Years

U.S. Defense Attache Office, Defense Intelligent Agency (DIA)
Elgardo Craig
Elgardo Craig
Class of 1981
Navy, 4 Years

Was an Interior Communication 2nd Class!
Garrett Stallion
Garrett Stallion
Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired Air force reserve
Jaob Sterling
Jaob Sterling
Class of 1997
Army, 8 Years

SGT Jacob Sterling, 926 EN BN, completed 1 deployemnt to Afghanistan
Jeffery Hufford
Jeffery Hufford
Class of 1986
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired 1 Aug 2006 as a Master Sergeant. Served in S.Korea, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, England, Australia, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Joe Steele
Joe Steele
Class of 1972
Navy, 4 Years

USN MMFN served on board the USS Pawatuck AO 108 74-75 and the USS L.Y.Spear A S 36 75-77
John Russell Douglas
John Russell Douglas
Class of 1997
Navy, 5 Years

Lt. John Russell Douglas serving on the USS Tucson, stationed at Pearl Harbor. He received his Dolphins in March of 2006.
Joy Keith Hill
Joy Keith Hill
Class of 1982
Navy, 4 Years

Served as Navy Nurse ~ Naval Hospital Pensacola
Larry D. Weas
Larry D. Weas
Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years

Interior Communications Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW), Surface & Air Warfare), Career: 3 Aircraft Carriers (USS Midway, USS Carl Vinson, USS Coral Sea); 2 Destroyers (USS Cochrane, USS Fife); 1 Frigate (USS Kirk), NASNI, Yokosuka, Japan,
Lawrence B. January
Lawrence B. January
Class of 1976
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired at the highest enlisted grade, E-9, Chief Master Sergeant. Served at numerous llocations around the world.
LTC Christopher Jones
LTC Christopher Jones
Class of 1985
Army, 17 Years

I'm Career Ordnance Corps Officer. Over the past 17 years I have served in Germany, Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, and a number of stateside assignments.
LTC Richard L Jones
LTC Richard L Jones
Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years

LTC last assignment Special Troops BN, CO. 304th MI Grp. New Orleans La.
Paul Bowen
Paul Bowen
Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years

Received my AF commission on graduation day at UGA and began an adventure that took me to quite a few places around the world---some of which I even wanted to visit. I became a pilot and logged nearly 5000 hours of flying time in C-130, C-7A tactical airlift aircraft including a few hundred hours in the UH-60 helicopter. I spent two tours in Southeast Asia (Vietnam and Thailand). Following that, I spent a few years in Texas, Germany, Eglin AFB, FL and Scott AFB, Il. I commanded a squadron at Eglin and served on the Military Airlift Command headquarters staff in Illinois. Retired as a colonel in 1990 with 26 years of service. I enjoyed the entire experience.
Qualon' Craig
Qualon' Craig
Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years

Budget Officer
Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
Class of 1989
Navy, 6 Years

ET3/SS. Spent 2 years in school and 4 years on submarines. Stationed onboard the USS Haddock (SSN621) and the USS Indianapolis (SSN697).
Robert Sims
Robert Sims
Class of 1977
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired from the Navy with over 20 years of distinguished service, spent over 13 years in Hawaii stationed at Pearl Harbor. Spent most of my time operating submarines and was assigned to four different subs while in the navy. Was involved in the recognition of the USS Birmingham (SSN-696) in November 1996 during the city's Veteran's Day celebrations, just before she was decommissioned in spring of 1997. Left the Navy at the rank of Choef {etty Officed (Submarines) and was awarded the Navy Commendation medal and four Navy Achievement Medals.
Sandy Harvey
Sandy Harvey
Class of 1970
Air Force Reserves, 6 Years

I joined the reserves after graduations.
Stephen Avant
Stephen Avant
Class of 1977
Navy, 10 Years

MS3 Serviced on the USS Wabash (AOR 5) and the USS Kidd (DDG 993). Got to go around the world twice. Was involved with Iran, Granda and the Egypt incident.
Stephen L. Avant
Stephen L. Avant
Class of 1977
Navy, 10 Years

MS3
Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith
Class of 1979
Army, 20+ Years

Trained in all combat fields. Instructed at the leadership academy. Army recruiter in Anniston. Served in Kuwait. Airborne
William Jones iii
William Jones iii
Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years

24 years in the Tatical Communication Field

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