The Pioneer Express! 
Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, November 8, 2019

Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day. Fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the title "veteran." Far less than 1 percent of our population is currently defending us in the Global War on Terrorism. In this special Veterans Day edition we have featured current veterans that are on our staff as well as family of staff members that have served in the U.S. armed forces. I think you will enjoy reading a little bit about what these fine Americans have done for the security of our country.

This weekend and on Monday I ask a favor of our school community. If you know of a veteran or see one of our Oak Ridge staff members who have served personally or one who has a family member that has worn the uniform, kindly take a moment to say thank you. It would mean a great deal to these people who have worked so hard and often at great personal risk to give us the many freedoms only the United States of America enjoys.  
On behalf of Oak Ridge High School, thank you veterans for your service.

With Pioneer Pride,

Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

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Oak Ridge Veterans Day (Part I) 
Dr. John Robert Mitchem
Father of Sherri Craig-Evans, Keyboard Instructor
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

Mark Nolan, Learning Strategies Instructor
U.S. Army
82nd Airborne Division, 307th Med Battalion
Served in the late 1970's post-Vietnam

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

Harry Joseph Pedlow II
US 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 H. Householder
Husband of Laurene Householder, CRT
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

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

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

Chief Robert Nutting, Air Force JROTC Instructor
U.S. Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant, IG
Served 32+ years combination of active duty & reserve
Has been instructing JROTC for 6 years
Stationed in MA, TX, GA, CA, Kuwait, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar
Served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, England, Guam, Panama, and El Salvador    
Both of Chief Nutting's parents served as seen in the photo to the left below.

Sarah E. Nutting, Mother
U.S. Army
Private First Class
Served 3 years

Robert E. Nutting, Father
U.S. Army
Master Sergeant, Armour
Served 24+ years
WWII and the Korean War

Carlos A. Cardona, Reading Instructor
U.S. Army Reserve
82nd Airborne Division
Served 8 Years from 1991-1999
U.S. National Guard
64 Specialist Motor Transport Operator
Served 8 years from 1999 to 2007
Husband of Katherine Montes, ESOL & Reading Instructor

Cruz M. Rivera
U.S. Army
Infantryman, Logistics, Unit Supply Specialist, Law & Order Operations, and Cargo Specialist
Stationed in Germany, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Fort Campbell, Ft. Hood and Ft. Lee
Served in action in Operation Desert Storm-Kuwait
Uncle/Father of Katherine Montes, ESOL & Reading Instructor

Jamie Luis Colon Jr.
U.S. Navy
Petty Officer 1st Class
Served 20 years at present
Served in Operation Iraq Freedom
Brother of Camille Rosa, Intensive Reading/ESOL Instructor

Oak Ridge Veterans Day (Part II) 
Jessel Colon
U.S. Navy
Chief Petty Officer
Served 24 years at present
Sister-In-Law of Camille Rosa, Intensive Reading/ESOL Instructor

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

Animated US Flag
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

William L. Tilton
U.S. Navy
E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Served 5 years
Repaired external engine components of aircraft
Stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia
Nephew of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff

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

Evan Lewis
U.S. Army Reserve
Private First Class
88M Motor Transport Operator
Served 4 years as of present
Graduate of The University of South Florida, Criminal Justice Major
Currently enrolled in the Tampa Bay Police Academy
Son of Daphne Lewis, English I Honors Instructor

Michael Bluey
U.S. Army Air Corps
Served from 1943-1946
Stationed at Chatham Army Airfield in Savannah GA.
Served stateside
Maternal Grandfather of Ian N. Garrett, ELA12 Instructor

David Wright Sr.
U.S. Army
Enlisted E-4
Served from 1951-1954
Driver for the Colonel
Stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado
Father of Adreianell Wright, School Clerk-Receptionist

Oak Ridge Veterans Day (Part III) 
Aisha Osborne, Mathematics Instructor
U.S. Army
Served 10 years
Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic
Disabled Veteran

Enrique Rivera
U.S. Army
20 Years of service
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-In-Law of Jose Martino, ESOL Paraprofessional

Enrique Rivera, Jr.
U.S. Army
20 Years of service
8th Evacuation Hospital - ICU Combat Nurse
Iraq: Desert Shield, Dessert Storm, Dessert Calm
14th Combat Support Hospital
Afghanistan, Kuwait
Brother-In-Law of Jose Martino, ESOL Paraprofessional

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Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Dr. Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Lauren Bradley
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood

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