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

Barbara McGuire
Barbara McGuire Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years
Network Intelligence Analyst
Carly Wilson
Carly Wilson Class of 2001
Navy, 2 Years
United States Naval Officer with the Nurse Corps
Collin Turner
Collin Turner Class of 2003
Navy, 5 Years
Served as a Mass Communications Specialist, and now still currently serves as a Navy recruiter in Overland Park, KS.
Douglas Rowland
Douglas Rowland Class of 1970
Army Reserves, 20+ Years
1970-1978 - US Navy - Electricians Mate Nuclear Power program 1992 - Present - US Army Reserves - Unit Supply for 12 years with 308th PSYOP Unit - Currently - Army Reserves Career Counselor 9th BN ARCD
Guy Melton
Guy Melton Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 1 Years
Viet Nam vet
James A Vaczi
James A Vaczi Class of 1974
Army, 7 Years
Active Duty Infantry, Reserves
jeff mason
jeff mason Class of 1972
Army, 3 Years
Dropped out in 1970 to join up as a Paratrooper
Jeremy Adkins
Jeremy Adkins Class of 2006
Army, 2 Years
Combat Medic with the 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry - 10th Mountain Division.
John Bratton
John Bratton Class of 1966
Army, 20+ Years
Served 30 years all around the world. Retired in 2001 as Colonel. Was in Infanty and had Ranger / Airborne duties (yea 2-75 Rangers !!). Presently, working again for Department of Defense with US Pacific Command (Senior Defense Analyst) in Honolulu. Lots of good times and friends -- in all services.
John R (Rod) Smith
John R (Rod) Smith Class of 1973
Army, 3 Years
June 1973- Nov 1975 2/30th FA Vicenza, Italy Nov 1975- JUne 1976 E 708th Maint BN Baumholder, Germany
l/cpl guy melton(ret)
l/cpl guy melton(ret) Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 1 Years
Vietnam,1971-0311/8651 wounded in action
Mark Rugenstein
Mark Rugenstein Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years
Served as advisor for Vietnamese Navy spy set up, ship engineer, merchant marine, squadron engineer and moved around for over 25 years on ships and shore, spent most of my career in Asia and west coast.
Mark Rugenstein
Mark Rugenstein Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years
Navy engineer, many ships, gitmo, Vietnam, south east Asia ...
Michael Paxton
Michael Paxton Class of 1976
Navy, 8 Years
Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) P-3c aircraft 78-82 NAS Moffat Field CA.deployed to Nas Cubi Point Phillipines,Naf Kadena Okinawa, Naf Misawa Japan, Naf Atsugi Japan,Osan AB Korea, Guam,Hawaii,and Keflavik Iceland, Nas Kingsville Tx A-4J , A-6E aircraft 82-85 got out as a Petty Officer !st class (E-6)Aviation Machinist Mate
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years
Natasha Valerio
Natasha Valerio Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 4 Years
A Military Policeman that has been to IRAQ two times and been stuck in Camp Lejeune, NC for the rest of the time
Richard Hinrichs
Richard Hinrichs Class of 1975
Marine Corps, 1 Years
Received medical discharge in 1975
Robert Rackleff
Robert Rackleff Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 5 Years
OCS - Commisioned 2nd Lt. - FEB-1968 The Basic School FEB - July 1969 Designated Naval Flight Officer and Checked Out in F4-B Phantom Jet March 1970 VMFA-251 MCAS Beaufort SC 1970-1971 VMFA-115 Iwakuni Japan 1971 VMFA-115 Deployed to Danang South Vietnam April 1972 then to Nam Pong Thailand MWHS-2 SEPT 1972 - April 1973 MCAS Cherry Point NC
Scott Schmith
Scott Schmith Class of 1980
Army, 9 Years
35M/68Q - Avionics. Five years with 205th Aviation Company (CH-47C/D), Mainz-Finthen, Germany. Next three and a half with A Co. 8/158th Aviation Regiment at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany. 6.5 months Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm at KFIA and LBC.
Terry West
Terry West Class of 1965
Navy, 5 Years
station in San Diego for 2 years 2 year in Norfolk and 6mo in Veitnam

Classmates Spotlight

Shawnee Mission West High School Classmates

Leah Inman
Class of '80

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Rico Palacio Eagle Scout Project

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