Christina Aguilera is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. She is the latest Mouseketeer to hit it big, following in the footsteps of fellow former Mickey Mouse Club stars Britney Spears and two members of boy band N’Sync. Only 18, Aguilera is already topping the charts with her single, “Genie In A Bottle.”
Aguilera was raised outside Pittsburgh, the daughter of a military father and a violinist/pianist mother. She began her career early, appearing on “Star Search” at age eight singing the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins at age 10.
From a recent interview with MTV News: MTV: “Why don’t you begin by telling a little about yourself.”
Christina Aguilera: “I was born in Staten Island, New York. But I call my hometown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, because that’s basically where I ended up from age eight on. But right after Staten Island… I’ve lived everywhere from Texas, to Japan for three years, to New Jersey. I’m this traveling girl. My father was in the Army, so I guess I’m an Army brat.”
US AIR FORCE, SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT
Col. Blaha is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. He was a member of class of 1960 at Gen. H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. He has been a Space Shuttle Mission Commander and Shuttle Command Pilot. Additionally, he has spent time on the Russian Space Station Mir.
US AIR FORCE, SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT
Col. Casper was a Military Dependent. His father is a Retired Col.
Info From: Col. J.H. Casper & NASA Astronaut Bios
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PITCHER
Daniel Bradford Cox played Major League Baseball from 1983 to 1995, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Danny attended Berlin American High School his sophomore and junior years.
Quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy in 1996 when he played for the University of Florida. He spent 7 years in the NFL and retired in New Orleans. His home and Desire Street Ministries were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Wuerffel, son of an Air Force Chaplain, is an overseas brat and alumnus. His father stated that when he was in Europe he played soccer.
TELEVISION & FILM ACTOR
Darin Heames is an Overseas School Alumnus. He was a member of the Forest Sherman High School, Naples, Italy class of 1985.
PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER
David Robinson currently with the San Antonio Spurs is a Navy Brat.
He attended and graduated from Robert G. Cole Jr.-SR. High School on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Debbie Sapenter, a 1970 graduate of George C. Marshall High School, Ankara, Turkey, won a silver medal at the l972 Olympics as a member of the 4×400 Women’s Relay.
MISS AMERICA 1966
Deborah Bryant is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. She attended General H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was a member of the class of 1963. You can find more information on Deborah Bryant at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Irene_Bryant
FORMER MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Deedee Corradini is an Overseas School Alumnus who lived and attended school in Lebanon and Syria for over 11 years.
Corrandi was elected the first female mayor of Salt Lake City in November of 1991. She was re-elected in November 1995. She left office in January of 2000.
She was also the President of the US Council of Mayors in 1998.
FORMER PRESIDENT & CEO OF RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS AND BREWS
Denny Marie Post was the President and CEO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, and held senior-level positions at the company for eight years. Denny also held senior VP positions at T-Mobile USA and Burger King Holdings.
Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
Diana is a Coast Guard Brat and a 1974 graduate of Ramey High School (Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico).
Diane Orlowski, an overseas alumnus, attended Gen. H.H.Arnold High School in Wiesbaden , Germany in 1959-60. She was a member of the Class of 1962 at Arnold HS.
In 1967, she was killed in Vietnam and is one of eight women listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Diane Mott Davidson is a Navy Junior. Her father is Admiral William Mott, retd.
Ms. Davidson is the author of series of very entertaining mystery books. There is a General Bo character in the book and statements made about the military that could only come from a military brat.
Dianne Wiest, an Army Brat, graduated from Nuremberg American High School in 1964.
Ms Wiest won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and for “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994). She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1989 for “Parenthood.”
PRESIDENT CENTRAL COLLEGE, PELLA, IOWA
Dr. David Roe is an Air Force Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. Dr. Roe is an alumnus of Ramey High School, Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, class of 1958.
He is a Rhodes Scholar, graduate of the USAF Academy and previously retired from the USAF with the rank of brigadier general.
He was named President of Central College in Pella Iowa in January of 1998.
Dr. Patch Adams, subject of a recent movie staring Robin Williams is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. According to his biography he was educated in DoDDS schools in Japan and Germany. He was in Germany at Kaiserslauten High School, KHS Class of ’62, when his father died of a heart attack.
RACE CAR DRIVER-1998 INDY 500 WINNER
Eddie Cheever is an Overseas School Alumnus. He is a 1975 graduate of the Notre Dame International School of Rome.
He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to Italy with his family, where at the age of 13, he began his racing career at the Pista d’Oro track in Rome. There he became interested in the speed of Formula 1 racing, and by the age of 18, he was testing for Enzo Ferrari at the world famous Ferrari Works.
Subsequently, Cheever became a driver in the Formula 1 circuit, participating in races all over Europe. Cheever has had over 130 Formula 1 starts. He has raced for teams like Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Renault.
In 1990, he moved with his wife and family back to the United States and began competing in the Indy Racing League.
During his first year back in the US, Eddie Cheever not only qualified for his first “500” race, but earned the honor of Indy’s 1990 “Rookie of the Year.” In May of 1996, Cheever set the record for the fastest lap ever recorded in “Indy 500” history, with a speed of 236.103 mph
In 1998 he won the Indy 500.
Elizabeth Vargas, whose father was an Army officer, graduated from Heidelberg High School in 1980.
In December 2005, she was named a co-anchor for ABC World News tonight. Following the wounding of her co-anchor, Bob Woodruff, she resigned to concentrate on her young family. She continued as an anchor for 20/20. Previously she was a substitute anchor on Good Morning American and other ABC news programs and specials. She won an Emmy in 2000 for her coverage of the Elian Gonzales case.
EmmyLou Harris is a Marine Corps Brat. Her father, Maj. Walter Rutland “Bucky” Harris, USMC was a Marine Corps Pilot shot down and captured during the Korean War. In the years that followed, he remained on active duty and served as a presidential command pilot in helicopters for every president from Eisenhower through Carter.
Her song, “Bang the Drum Slowly” was written about her father who passed away in 1993.
Info From The Retired Officers Association (TROA) website: http://www.troa.org/About/Press/Harris.asp
Eric Zeir attended Heidelberg High School in 1986-87. He played Quarterback for the University of Georgia and went on the play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.
Zeir is now a Vice President for the Banc Corp.
Faye Dunaway is an Overseas School Alumnus and an Army Brat her father was an Army NCO–this is confirmed by various biographies.
She reportedly attended Mannheim Junior High School in Germany for the 7th & 8th grades in 1953-55.
She attended and graduated from Leon High School in Tallahassee Florida in 1958 and appears in the 1956, 1957 and 1958 yearbooks from that school.
US AIR FORCE
Born in Washington, D.C., Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was an army brat whose father set a challenging example for him. The elder Davis became a brigadier general in 1940, the U.S. Army’s first black general.
The younger Davis paralleled his father’s illustrious career. He graduated from West Point in 1936 and began his military career at Fort Benning in Georgia. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps and took command of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the famous Tuskegee Airmen, as a lieutenant colonel.
Davis, known for his dignified manner and eloquent speech, became the first black brigadier general in the history of the U.S. Air Force in 1954. In 1965, he rose to the rank of lieutenant general. Lt. General Davis retired in 1970, and in 1998 he was advanced to four-star General by President Bill Clinton.
US AIR FORCE
General Donald G. Cook graduated from Paris American High School in 1965.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University. From 2001 to 2005 he was Commander, Air Education and Traing Command at Randolph AFB, TX. General Cook retired on August 1, 2005, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. of Ft. Worth. (Updated Nov 2005)