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

Alan Arcand
Alan Arcand
Class of 1997
Air Force, 7 Years

Primary training as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice (Crewchief, F-15E) Presently, MRA Instructor (Crewchief Instructor).
Amanda (Rosner) Sombrero
Amanda (Rosner) Sombrero
Class of 2004
Air Force, 8 Years

Served 4 yrs 3 months active duty in the Air Force as an Aerospace Ground Equiment Journeyman; served 2 years in the Inactive Reserve; and is currently 3 yrs 9 months into enlistment in the Air Force Reserve as a JAG Paralegal Journeyman.
Andy Hill
Andy Hill
Class of 1978
Navy, 20+ Years

Servered on both East and West Coast, Southeast Asia and the Med. Most of it was as an Air Traffic Controller.
Bob Wallo
Bob Wallo
Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years

Retired US Army Signal Corps
Brian Bomaster
Brian Bomaster
Class of 1969
Navy, 20+ Years

Chief Missile Technician
Retired in 1989
Cheryl Crall
Cheryl Crall
Class of 1988
Army, 8 Years

Telecommunications Center Operator
Craig Hammond
Craig Hammond
Class of 1980
Army, 6 Years

All of my time in the Army was either at Fort Sill Oklahoma or Germany in the 1st Battalion 27th Field Artillery 41st Bde. All my time was associated with Multiple Launch Rocket System. After getting out of the Army in 1990, I've worked for a defense contractor. Most of the work I do is still with Multipel Launch Rocket System.
davd bal
davd bal
Class of 1968
Navy, 20+ Years

7 years air force dental ops
13 years crytplogic tech operator
David Deneau
David Deneau
Class of 1997
Army, 8 Years

David was a U.S. Paratrooper out of Ft. Bragg, NC. No major conflict deployments, but spent 18 months in South Korea on the DMZ.
david hill
david hill
Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years

national guard
DeWayne D. Ward
DeWayne D. Ward
Class of 1984
National Guard, 20+ Years

Military Police Officer (31B4O). Currently a platoon sergeant with the 46th Military Police Company serving in Baghdad Iraq.
Dewayne Ward
Dewayne Ward
Class of 1984
National Guard, 20+ Years

First Sergeant of the 1430th Engineer Company, Gladstone MI. Deployed to Afghanistan 2010-2011, Iraq 2007-2008. Active Army 1984-1988
Glenn Tapio
Glenn Tapio
Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years

1974: Michigan Tech AFROTC, Commissioned 2nd LT,
1974-75: Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base(AFB), Del Rio, TX
1976-80: 55 Aeromedical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany flying C-9 Nightingale in Europe, North Africa, and Middle East
1980-81: Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH
1981-84: Air Force Engineering and Services Center, Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL as an environmental research engineer and program manager
1985-94: 22 Military Airlift Squadron flying C-5 Galaxy heavy airlift and passenger transport worldwide/ 60th Military Airlift Wing Command Center Senior Duty Officer/ 22 Air Force Headquarters Command Center Senior Duty Officer and staff trainer/ 60th Air Mobility Wing environmental restoration program manager, Travis AFB, Fairfield, CA
James grill
James grill
Class of 1970
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Communications
Janet Prudhomme Estep
Janet Prudhomme Estep
Class of 1976
Army, 6 Years

Fort Hood, Texas 3 years
Ft Richardson, Alaska 3+ years
Jeff Wernholm
Jeff Wernholm
Class of 1995
Army, 11 Years

Operstions Cell NCO
John Hanninen
John Hanninen
Class of 1989
Army, 20+ Years

Army Corp of Engineers
John Stachowicz
John Stachowicz
Class of 2003
National Guard, 10 Years

12 Brovo (combat engineer)
Deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan
John Stachowiczc
John Stachowiczc
Class of 2003
National Guard, 8 Years

Served 8 years as a combat engineer in the national guard and did two tours overseas in Kuwait and Iraq. His jobs included personal security, quick reaction force, and security recovery team. He is still serving today.
Jon H. Wallo
Jon H. Wallo
Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired from the USAF in 2000 after serving 20 years in the Security Forces career field. Served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Jon Wallo
Jon Wallo
Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired (USAF) in 2000 from the Security Forces career field. Persian Gulf War Veteran (Desert Shield and Desert Storm)
Lyle Nordstrom
Lyle Nordstrom
Class of 1996
Air Force, 11 Years

Aircraft Engine Mechanic currently stationed in Texas
Matthew Makela
Matthew Makela
Class of 1994
Air Force, 13 Years

Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

SAC Missilier
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

SAC MISSILEIER
Titan II
Minuteman I, Minuteman II, Minuteman III
Todd Brunelli
Todd Brunelli
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

Retired in 2008 after 20 years of services.
Tom Lundin
Tom Lundin
Class of 1971
Navy, 6 Years

Missile Fire Control Technician(FTM1)
Served aboard USS Towers DDG-9
Tracey Vinnedge Hammerschmidt
Tracey Vinnedge Hammerschmidt
Class of 1990
Air Force, 20+ Years

6 years as USAF Firefighter, remainder of time has been spent as a USAF Aircraft Structural Maintenenace Technician - working on USAF C-130's.
Walter Raymond Moore Jr.
Walter Raymond Moore Jr.
Class of 1980
Air Force, 4 Years

Missile systems analyst Specialist, grade E-5 Whiteman Air Force Base 1980 - 1984

Classmates Spotlight

West Iron County High School Classmates

Nancy Pennanen
Class of '96

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School News

45th Class Reunion!

IT’S OFFICIAL! YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 45TH REUNION OF THE “WIC CLASS OF 1976”

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Our West Iron County 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 West Iron County High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Iron River are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!