Sylvan Hills High School Alumni

Sherwood, Arkansas (AR)

Military Alumni

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

John Branch
John Branch
Class of 1983
Navy, 13 Years

Aviation Ordnanceman / Naval Aircrewman.

Currently a DOD Civilian and Army Reservist.

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Adam Newton
Adam Newton
Class of 1998
Air Force, 6 Years

Electrical Power Production
Chris Thurston
Chris Thurston
Class of 1998
Army, 9 Years

I have been stationed at Fort SIll Oklahoma and been deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom twice. The first time for 12 months and the I am currently deployed on a 15 month tour. I have received two Army Commendation Medals, one Army Achievment Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, and a German weapons qualification badge.
David Coley
David Coley
Class of 1999
National Guard, 8 Years

Served a proud 8 years and also a 18 month tour on active duty for OIF. Plan to retire, so I have a while to go.
Debbie Hensley
Debbie Hensley
Class of 1975
National Guard, 20+ Years

Joined Army after I began my teaching career. Basic Training- Ft. Jackson, SC. Served as the Joint Forces Headquarters ' Transportation Officer, XO for 87th Troop Command, and Training Officer & XO for 233rd RTI before retiring as a LTC. Trained in So. Korea, Italy, and Egypt. I loved almost every minute of duty.
Debbie Hensley
Debbie Hensley
Class of 1975
National Guard, 20+ Years

I joined the Army after I started my teaching career. Experience Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC. Before retiring as a LTC, I had the opportunites to serve as XO for 87th Troop Command, State Transportation Officer for Joint Forces Headquarters, XO and Training Officer for 233rd RTI and officer in the finest national guard organization association, NGAA. The Guard provided an opportunity for me to train in South Korea, Italy, and Egypt. I loved almost every minute of service.
Dempsey Leon Murphy Jr
Dempsey Leon Murphy Jr
Class of 1978
Army, 20+ Years

Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Army Commendation Medal (7)
Army Achievement Medal (2)
Good Conduct Awards (5)
NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3)
Don Rhodes
Don Rhodes
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Arkansas National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve. Active duty Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, USARCENTCOM, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
Doug Marr
Doug Marr
Class of 1967
Army, 25 Years

Retired in 1996. Served in Germany and Korea. Was in the Infantry and spent time in the 82nd Airborne, 7th Infantry and 2nd Infantry. Retired as a Colonel.
Douglas W. Marr
Douglas W. Marr
Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years

Served 25 years as an Infantry Officer in various Command and Staff positions. Stationed throughout the U.S.,Asia and Europe. Servied in the 7th, 9th and 82nd Airborne Divisions. Retired in 1996 as a Full Colonel.
Douglas W. Marr
Douglas W. Marr
Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years

24 years in the Airborne Infantry. Retired as a Colonel in 1996.
Dylan Masterson
Dylan Masterson
Class of 2001
Air Force, 7 Years

Security Forces
Evelyn Tapp
Evelyn Tapp
Class of 2006
Air Force, 2 Years

Complete BMT at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. Went to Tech Training at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Currently serving at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Tx. Emergency Action Controller for the 82 TRW Command Post.
Floyd Ray Hickerson
Floyd Ray Hickerson
Class of 1957
National Guard, 12 Years

39th Infrantry Div. SEP
Jason K. Shrader
Jason K. Shrader
Class of 2003
Army, 4 Years

Served in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Human Resources specialist. Also deployed to Afghanistan in Jan 07.
Jeff Tiner
Jeff Tiner
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Specialist Section Chief with the 20 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron/79 Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Shaw AFB,SC.
Joe Pack
Joe Pack
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Spent 11 years in Navy & 16 in Army retired as 1SG - did 4 tours (in country) in Vietnam and others places in the world
Joe Pack
Joe Pack
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Did 11 years in the Navy and then 16 years in the Army total of 27 years service. Retired as a 1SG Airborne - from U.S. Army.
Michael Swaja
Michael Swaja
Class of 1993
Navy, 12 Years

Joined in 1995 as a Seabee Equipment Operator
deployed to puerto Rico, Guantanamo Bay, Hawaii, Honduras. also had 2 instructor tours one in port hueneme, ca and one in Fort Leonard Wood, mo, and a support tour with EOD in Charleston, SC
Neal Reeves
Neal Reeves
Class of 1985
Army, 20+ Years

Army Reserve Nurse Corps Captain serving a second active duty deployment in Germany at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Commanding Officer of 94th CSH in NLR.
Neil Kessler
Neil Kessler
Class of 1963
Air Force, 4 Years

1966-67 Viet Nam Tan Son Nhut AFB Security Forces.......Two Years, Columbus Miss. and McCoy Orlando Fl. Strategic Air Command Combat Defense Forces.
Nicholas Jefferson
Nicholas Jefferson
Class of 1999
Army, 10 Years

Doin It Big Everywherre I Go...
Nicholas Jefferson
Nicholas Jefferson
Class of 1999
Army, 8 Years

Administrative Specialist; Been To Germany, Oklahoma, Missori, Iraq, Bosnia and Currently In Korea (All Ova Tha World huh)...
Peggy Louise Smith
Peggy Louise Smith
Class of 2003
Air Force, 9 Years

During my senior year I joined the Arkansas Air National Guard. I worked in Security Forces (military police) and later in Survival Equipment. After a botched knee surgery that ended up causing Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome my military career ended.
Robert "Bobby" Hadsel
Robert "Bobby" Hadsel
Class of 1988
Navy, 20+ Years

was commissioned in August 1992 after receiving a bachelors degree from Texas Tech University " go red raiders " after graduating ocs (officers candidate school) I attended primary flight school in Pensacola Florida and finished my intermediate training at Randolph afb in san Antonio upon graduation I received the designation off NFO (naval flight officer) and was assigned to the VA-52 knightriders as a bombardier / navigator on the gruman A-6 intruder all weather medium attack aircraft. Serving two consecutive see duty tours making two westpacific cruises completing more that 300 carrier Bourne landings and catapult shots. but an unforseen misshap over the north pacific sea during team spirit the multination sea of Japan war games caused a double engine failure in our aircraft and forced me and my pilot to eject into near freezing seas. Thus ending my career with combat jets. I was grounded until the a-6 was decommissioned in 1996 and re- assigned as an instructor pilot back in Pensacola where I subsequently was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander same as an air force major and remained there until for family reasons I resigned my active commission in 1999. I still serve In the reserves as a sensors officer and commanding officer for VP-61 out of NAS new Orleans under the rank of commander. Hopefully this January I will be selected for captain which would call for return to active duty at least one year and upon completion I will be eligible for full retirement benefits should I decide not to stay. I think that will depend if I feel flag rank is in my future or not. But most importantly I would like to say my appreciation to all alumni who are or have served the job I do would NOT be possible without the outstanding and continued efforts of both the men and women under my command and all servicemen alike thank you for your service to our great nation
Steve Harlen Jones
Steve Harlen Jones
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

Aviation Structural Mechanic
Steve Jones
Steve Jones
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

I served in various squadrons starting from back close to end of the Vietnam era all the way through Desert Storm. I've done at least one deployment on board almost all the Nimitz class aircraft carriers since the USS Nimitz was commisioned
Wesley Choate
Wesley Choate
Class of 1986
National Guard, 17 Years

Initial training as a nav in the C-130 in the Arkansas ANG. Attended pilot training 2000. Recent tour as an Instructor Pilot in T-37s. Requal as a C-130 pilot
William F. (Fred) Kuebler
William F. (Fred) Kuebler
Class of 1984
Navy, 14 Years

I am a Public Affairs Officer and just transferred from USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Naval Media Center in DC where I'm in charge of the Navy website.

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Our Sylvan Hills High School military alumni are some of the most outstanding people we know and this page recognizes them and everything they have done! Not everyone gets to come home for the holidays and we want our Sylvan Hills High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Sherwood are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!