LESLIE M. ALEXANDER

US AMBASSADOR TO ECUADOR

Leslie M. Alexander is an Overseas School Alumnus.  He is presently the US ambassador to Ecuador and previously was the US ambassador to Mauritius.

Ambassador Alexander is a 1966 graduate of Orleans American HS in France.

LESTER HOLT JR. (1959-)

Lester Don Holt Jr. (born March 8, 1959) is an American journalist and news anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. On June 18, 2015, Holt was made the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News following the demotion of Brian Williams, making him the first African-American to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast. Mr. Holt, the son of an Air Force technician, likes to tell stories of his time as a D.J. on a country and western station in California, where he grew up, with a brief stint in Alaska.

LeVAR BURTON

TV ACTOR-PRODUCER-DIRECTOR

LeVar Burton is a military brat. He was born Levardis Robert Burton in Landstuhl, West Germany on February 16, 1957. He got his career started when he landed a role playing Kunta Kinte in the television mini-series “Roots” in 1977. Burton is most well known for his role as Geordi La Forge in the television series: “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He also produces and directs the “Reading Rainbow” television series for the PBS.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANN DUNWOODY

US ARMY

General Dunwoody graduated from SHAPE American High School in 1969.

General Ann Dunwoody is currently the highest ranking woman in the United States military.  Her career has been primarily in the field of logistics.  She recently completed a tour as Commanding General of the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Ft. Lee, VA.  With her recent promotion to Lt. General, she is now Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, United States Army, at the Pentagon.  (Updated Nov 2005)

LIEUTENANT GENERAL NADJA WEST (1961-)

US ARMY

Lt. General Nadja Yudith West (née Grammer; March 20, 1961) is a United States Army lieutenant general and the 44th U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. West is the first black Army Surgeon General, and is the first black female active-duty major general and the first black female major general in Army Medicine. West is also the first Army black female lieutenant general. She is the highest ranking woman to have graduated from the United States Military Academy. West joined the Army because “I come from a military family. I kind of grew up eating, drinking, breathing, living Army. My dad was in — he joined the Army in 1939, when the Army was segregated, and stayed in for 33 years.”  She is a Karlsruhe BRAT.

LIONEL RICHIE

SINGER SONGWRITER

Lionel Richie is an Army Brat.  His father was a US Army Captain.

Richie was the lead singer for the Commodores and began his solo career in 1982.  He has since won many music awards including three Grammys, several American Music Awards and an Oscar awarded in 1986 for Best Original song, “Say You, Say Me,” the theme to the film: “White Knights.”


Lt. Col. MICHAEL ANDERSON (1959-2003)

US AIR FORCE, SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT

Lt. Col. Michael Anderson -USAF/NASA Astronaut.  Michael Anderson was an Air Force brat. He was lost along with the six other NASA astronauts when the space shuttle Columbia broke up upon re-entry to earth on Saturday, February 1, 2003. In a previously published interview Lt. Col. Anderson related, “My dad was in the Air Force. And you know, being an Air Force brat and living on Air Force bases, I was always around airplanes. And, that was something else that really captured my imagination, just seeing airplanes, you know taking off and landing every day, and flying over the house, and making all of this noise just was a fascinating thing to me as a kid. So, my interest in aviation and my interest in science were, I guess, two of the things I really latched on to, and two things that I just couldn’t shake as I grew older.”

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Lt. Col. SUSAN J. HELMS

US AIR FORCE, SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT

Lt. Col. Susan Helms is an Air Force Brat. Her father is a retired USAF Lt. Col.

Info From: Lt. Col. S. J. Helms & NASA Astronaut Bios

Lt. GENERAL JAMES CLAPPER, JR. (RET.)

US AIR FORCE

Lt. General Clapper is an Army Brat and an Overseas Brat. He graduated from Nurenburg AHS, Nurenburg, Germany, Class of 1959.  He is also a University of Maryland-Munich Alumnus.

General Clapper started his military career as an enlistee in the Marine Corps.  He then switched to the AF Officer’s Candidate School and became a career AF officer.

He was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1991-95 when he retired from the Air Force.  Following six years in private industry, in 2001 he became head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency under Homeland Security, a position he currently holds.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Lt. GENERAL THOMAS C. WASKOW (RET.)

US AIR FORCE

Lt. General Thomas C. Waskow attended London Central at Bushey Hall from 1962-65. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1970.   He retired from the Air Force in 2005. He had been the Commanding Officer for U.S. Air Forces in Japan.

Waskow, a command pilot, logged more than. 4,700 flying hours with 904 hours of combat flying. He flew 2,200 in the F-15 Eagle.

LUCIAN TRUSCOTT IV

AUTHOR

Lucian Truscott IV is an Overseas School Alumnus and an Army Brat.  His Father was an Army Officer.  He attended schools in Stuttgart and Oberammergau.

His books include: “The Boys of St. Julien,” “Dress Gray,” “Full Dress Gray,” “Dress Blue,” “The Heart of War,”  and “Rules of the Road: A Novel.”

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