The Pioneer Express  
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Special Veterans Day Edition
Monday, November 12, 2018  

What Veteran's Day Means to the Veteran's and Families at Oak Ridge HS:

Veteran's Day means freedom, sacrifice, and honor for those who served in the military. It also means to give thanks to people who served . . . without Veterans Day, many Americans would forget them and the sacrifices they made.

It's an opportunity for all to celebrate and thank our veterans for all they do. We are able to, live in peace, have freedom of speech and religious worship because our men and women have fought, and continue to fight, for the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted every day.

Thank you to all veterans for their service and dedication to our great country.

With Pioneer Pride,

Mrs. Jennifer Bellinger

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U.S. Army  
"Army Strong" 
Dr. John R. Mitchem fought in the Korean War from the beginning.
Dr. John Robert Mitchem
* U.S. Army
* Corporal in the Korean War
* The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea.
* Served 4 years from 1950-1954
* Father of Sherri Craig-Evans, Keyboard Instructor
Mark Nolan, Learning Strategies Instructor
* U.S. Army
* 82nd Airborne Division, 307th Med Battalion
* Enlisted
* Served in the late 1970's post-Vietnam

Mark Nolan, 82nd Airborne; ORHS Learning Strategies Teacher

Aisha Osborne, Mathematics Instructor
* U.S. Army
* Sergeant
* Served 10 years
* Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic
* Disabled Veteran

Ms. Osborne is a disabled veteran teaching math at ORHS. She wore the uniform for 10 years.

Richard Pedlow
* Pennsylvania Militia during the Civil War
* Great, Great, Great Grandfather of Mark Pedlow, Photography Instructor

Harry Joseph Pedlow I
* U.S. Army WWII
* European Theatre of Operations
* The European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA) was a United States Army formation which directed US Army operations in parts of Europe from 1942 to 1945.
* Grandfather of Mark Pedlow, Photography Instructor

Frank Coniglio, WWII
Frank Coniglio
* U.S. Army
* Technician Fifth Grade - Hq Services Co 330th Engineers
* Served in WWII 1942-1945
* Stationed in Burma India - China Burma India Theater
* Father of Laurene Householder, CRT
* Grandfather of Rosina Monteiro, Media Specialist

Tiphanie Thompson, Digital Information Technology Instructor
* U.S. Army Reserve
* Sergeant, E-5
* Served 8 years as of present
Tiphanie Thompson, U.S. Army Reserve, Digital Info. Tech. Teacher
Enrique Rivera
* U.S. Army
* 20 Years of service
* Sergeant
* Korean War - 65th Infantry
* Awarded the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regime Medal and received the medal 2 weeks before his passing in November 2016 (center picture just below).
* Father of Maria Martino, Media Center Clerk

Sgt. Rivera earned the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regime Medal and he served during the Korean War.

Enrique Rivera, Jr.
* U.S. Army
* 20 Years of service
* Lieutenant
* 8th Evacuation Hospital - ICU Combat Nurse
* Iraq: Desert Shield, Dessert Storm, Dessert Calm
* 14th Combat Support Hospital
* Afghanistan, Kuwait
* Brother of Maria Martino, Media Center Clerk

Lt. Rivera, Jr. has had extensive deployment time in the Middle East

Narine Whyte, Reading Coach
* U.S. Army
* Sergeant
* Served 8 years from 1990-1998
* Served in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia from 1992-1993

Sgt. Narine Whyte, U.S. Army in Somalia,
Oak Ridge High School Reading Coach

Shacuara Hunter, U.S. Army, 15 years service
Shacuara Hunter
* U.S. Army
* Sergeant, E-5
* Served 15 years
* Deployed to Iraq 5 times
* Niece of Bridgette Hunter, English II Honors Instructor

Carlos A. Cardona, ESOL Paraprofessional
* U.S. Army Reserve
* E-4
* Served 8 Years from 1991-1999
and . . .
* U.S. National Guard
* E-4
* Served 8 years from 1999 to 2007
* Husband of Katherine Montes, ESOL Instructor

Carlos Cardona, U.S. Army Reserve, Oak Ridge High ESOL Paraprofessional

James C. Forsberg
* U.S. Army
* E-4, Specialist 4th Class
* Served 4 years
* Served during the Vietnam era on the DMZ in South Korea
* Husband of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff

Evan Lewis
* U.S. Army Reserve
* Private First Class
* 88M Motor Transport Operator
* Served 4 years as of present
* Senior at University of South Florida, Criminal Justice Major - December 2018 Graduate
* Son of Daphne Lewis, English I Honors Instructor

Evan Lewis, U.S. Army Reserve with his mother - Daphne Lewis, ORHS English I Honors Teacher

U.S. Navy
"To Get To You, They'd Have To Get Past Us"
Harry Joseph Pedlow II
* U.S. Navy - Lieutenant Commander
* Korean War 1950-1954
* Stationed in Morocco and was private physician to Prince Hassan II who later became King. His son is presently the current King.
* Father of Mark Pedlow, Photography Instructor

George Householder, USN
George H. Householder
* U.S. Navy
* AK3 Aviation Supply Officer, E-4
* Served 4 years from 1980-1984, Stationed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
* Iran Hostage Crisis in the Indian Ocean - 1980
* The Evacuation of the US Embassy Staff from Beirut Lebanon in 1982
* Husband of Laurene Householder, CRT
* Father of Rosina Monteiro, Media Specialist

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transiting the Atlantic Ocean. George Householder served aboard this ship.

J.A. Sergent, USN, Biology Honors Teacher
James A. Sergent, Biology Honors Instructor
* U.S. Navy
* Masterchief Torpedoman's Mate (Submarine Service/Surface Welfare)
* Served +30 years - Retired
* Served in the following wars: Vietnam from 1968-1972 (40 months), Grenada in 1983, and the First Gulf War in 1990

Jamie Luis Colon, Jr.
* U.S. Navy
* Petty Officer 1st Class
* Served 19 years
* Served in Operation Iraq Freedom
* Brother of Camille Rosa, Intensive Reading/ESOL Instructor

Jamie Luis Colon, Jr., USN
Jessel Colon
* U.S. Navy
* Chief Petty Officer
* Served 22 years
* Served in Operation Enduring Freedom
* Sister-in-law of Camille Rosa, Intensive Reading/ESOL Instructor

Jessel Colon,

Emmett I. Johnson Sr.
* U.S. Navy
* Served for 20 years, retired as CS1
* Served in combat of the coast of South Korea
* Worked for the Department of Defense for 20 years from 1969-1989
* Father of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff

Emmett Johnson,  Sr., USN, saw action in S. Korea

Kathleen Johnson
* U.S. Navy
* E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class - Aviation Machinist Mate
* Currently serving for the past 3 years
* Intends on making the Navy a career
* Niece of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff

U.S. Air Force
"Aim High ... Fly, Fight, Win"

Chief Robert Nutting, Air Force JROTC Instructor
* U.S. Air Force
* Chief Master Sergeant, E-9
* Served 31+ years combination of active duty & reserve
* Has been instructing JROTC for 4 years
* Served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan
* Both of Chief Nutting's parents served as seen in the photo below
* His Mother served in the U.S. Army during WWII
* His Father served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and WWII

Chief Nutting with his parents who both served in WWII and then later while on duty himself

Eugene Hunter
* U.S. Air Force
* Master Sergeant
* Served 25 years
* Served in the War in Iraq
* Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in March of 2004 for outstanding achievement from March to June 2003 while in Iraq
* Brother of Bridgette Hunter, English II Honors Instructor

Eugene Hunter, USAF, earned the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Iraq

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Principal: Jennifer Bellinger
Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Juliza Rivera
Assistant Principal: Dr. Lisa Karcinski
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood

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