Michael Bachelor, President ─ US Air Force: 1996-2000
Michael entered the Air Force in April of 1996. He attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio, TX. He then attended technical training for Computer Programming (3COX2) at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. He was assigned to the 17th Communications Squadron at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX. He support computer-based Intel Training systems that were primarily Unix based platforms and applications built with C. While at Goodfellow, Michael was a member of the voluntary Base Honor Guard and Rifle Drill Team. In July of 1998, Michael was assigned to the US Air Force Honor Guard at Bolling AFB in Washington, D.C. where he served as a Ceremonial Guardsman for Full Honors Funerals, Arrivals, Wreath Laying ceremonies on the Tomb, Color Teams, and other ceremonies as required. Michael was honorably discharged in July of 2000. While in Washington D.C., he completed his B.S. CIS at Strayer University.
Ron Osterhaus, Purchasing Agent ─ Kansas Air National Guard: 1970-1976
Ron joined the Kansas Air National Guard in September of 1970 after graduating from High School. He attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He then went to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS for military business administration training. He returned to the Forbes Field, Topeka, KS, and served one weekend monthly with the 190th Maintenance Squadron for six years. During these six years he served a yearly two week summer camp at various locations. He received his Honorable Discharge in September 1976.
Marc Holley, Sales Engineer ─ US Army: 1979-1982
Marc served four years in the US Army from 1979 – 1982. After high school Marc was not quite ready for college and thought the military seemed like a good option. He enlisted as an Armament Technician (68J) for the Cobra Attack Helicopter, AH-1S. His duty stations include Hunter Army Airfield in Savanah, GA and also Schweinfurt, West Germany. Marc was witness to the Berlin Wall which was built to prevent East Germans from escaping the eastern communist bloc country and migrating to West Germany. While serving in the Army, Marc found education to be valuable and observed interesting ideologies and opinions of Americans by Europeans. Enjoying his time off in Germany Marc learned to snow ski in the German Alps. Following his military service, Marc used his education benefits to pursue a degree in Engineering Technologies at Memphis State (University of Memphis).
William Brock, Senior Project Engineer – US Navy: 1997-2001
William joined the Navy in the year following high school. William’s family includes several military veterans who had fought in past wars which he credits as inspiration to joining the Navy. William attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois and then “A school” in Orlando, Florida. Following “A school” William went on to attend and graduate #2 in his class at the Naval Nuclear Training School in Goose Creek, South Carolina; a school that was ranked #3 in difficulty at the time by outside sources.
Following training William volunteered for hazardous duty which came in the form of a submarine. The time between his arrival at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia and the arrival of his submarine allowed William to work several different odd jobs on base including: Tour Guide, Firefighter & Instructor, Electrician/Supervisor, Brig Guard, Prisoner Escort, and Shore Patrol. Once attached to his submarine, William worked through an ORSE (Operational Reactor Safeguard Exam) testing, several small deployments to various locations, and a final dry dock rotation for repair of submarine systems.
This was where William was injured on duty. Petty Officer 2nd Class Brock was later honorably discharged due to medical complications from these injuries.
Scott J. Moritz, Senior Project Engineer ─ US Marine Corps: 1972-1980
Scott joined the Marine Corps in Sept. 1972. His goal at that time was to be a Marine and go to Viet Nam. Scott’s father was in the Marines during the Korean War. Later his father enlisted in the Air Force and was subsequently stationed at Elmendorf Air force base in Anchorage Alaska where Scott attended high school.
Scott worked at the Air Force terminal from 1970 until joining the Corps. This terminal received all the wounded Marines and soldiers from Viet Nam . Scott would welcome them back home and in visiting with them he told them that I was going to be a Marine one day. Scott says, “To a man they told me you don’t want to do this.”
On Dec 14th, 1972, Scott received his eagle globe and anchor (officially a Marine now). He went to Aviation mechanics school in Memphis TN and was stationed in Yuma Arizona for his first year. After that he was transferred to Okinawa where I went to M-60 machine gun school. From there he was placed in a Helicopter squadron. He participated in Operation Frequent Wind on April 29-30, 1975. This was the evacuation of Saigon.
Scott says, “If I could’ve stayed overseas, I would have stayed in the Marine Corps forever.” That, however, was not to be. He did reenlist for 4 years. He was one of the youngest Collateral Duty Inspectors at the age of 20. This position is responsible for the inspection any aircraft after maintenance is performed on an aircraft. The aircraft must be inspected and the work order stamped as approved before the aircraft is permitted to fly again.
After completing his second enlistment at the rank of Staff Sergeant, Scott received an honorable discharge and was in the reserves for 2 years out of Dayton Ohio. Scott then entered the industrial work force and now serves as a Senior Project Engineer at Bachelor Controls, Inc..
Michael Schmitz, Senior Controls Technician ─ US Army: 2002 – 2010
Michael joined the Army Delayed Entry Program during his senior year of high school in September 2001. Upon graduation from High School he completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia in June/July of 2002. He then completed advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Georgia as a Signal Support Systems Specialist (31U). Following his training, Michael was assigned to the 49th Quartermaster unit at Ft. Lee Virginia. From here he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom. Michael was then stationed at Camp Casey South Korea where he was honorably discharged. Michael then enlisted in the Army National Guard serving in Kansas City, KS. He was mobilized in 2008 in support of humanitarian relief following Hurricane Gustav in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sgt. Schmitz left the National guard in 2010.
Ray Bachelor, Chairman of the Board ─ US Army: 1969-1972
Ray entered the Army in March of 1969. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, NJ. He then went on to Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. After completing AIT he entered the Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Belvoir, VA. Ray graduated OCS in February 1970 and was commissioned as a 2Lt Engineering Officer. His wife Jeannie was there to pin his rank on him, an honor that was reserved for the honor graduate. After OCS, Ray was the Shop Officer for HQ & A Company, 19th Maintenance Battalion (Ordinance) part of V Corp in Giessen, Germany (inactivated in 2013). While there, Ray led efforts to support several battalions of various combat arms in border patrol operations between East and West Germany during the buildup of the cold war, prior to the “Wall” coming down. Ray served as the Shop Officer in Germany for 18 months, then transitioned back to Fort Belvoir as the Executive Officer (XO) for a combat engineering training company the remainder of his tour. Ray left active duty in May of 1972.