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Famous Overseas Alumni and Military BRATs

KATHLEEN TURNER (1954-    ) 

ACTRESS

Kathleen Turner’s father was an American diplomat.  She was a member of the Class of 1972 at the American School of London. Known primarily for her roles in movies, she has also appeared on television.

Turner has won two Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for an Oscar.

KATRINA LESKANISCH

LEAD SINGER KATRINA & THE WAVES

Grammy Nominee Katrina Leskanich attended Stuttgart AHS prior to graduating from Lakenheath High School where she graduated in 1978.


KEN KASHIWAHARA

ABC TV NEWS REPORTER

Ken Kashiwahara is an Overseas School Alumnus. He attended Kubasaki High through the 8th Grade, then moved to Chevy Chase, MD, where he graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.


KENDALL BAKER

PRESIDENT OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY

Kendall Baker is an Overseas School Alumnus.  He attended Munich  American High School.

Baker is currently the President of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

KENT CONRAD (1948- )

SENATOR (D-North Dakota)

NOTES: Kent Conrad is an Overseas Brat. He attended Wheelus American High School at Wheelus AFB in Libya as a civilian student for several years as a member of the WAHS Class of 1966.

Senator Conrad’s official website is: http://conrad.senate.gov/

KEVIN MAWAE (1971- )

NFL Player & Coach

Kevin Mawae’s father, Sgt. 1st Class David Mawae, spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, serving 2 tours in Vietnam, 1 tour in Korea, and 2 tours in Germany. Kevin was born in Georgia and spent his childhood in Fort Riley, Kansas, and Hanau, Germany, before moving back to the U.S. to live near Leesville, Louisiana.

It was in Hanau that Kevin began playing football and was later an all-state football selection from Leesville High School where he attended. After college, Kevin went on to play for the NFL for sixteen seasons. He played for the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and spent most of his NFL years with the New York Jets. Kevin Mawae has served as an assistant offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears and now is a member of the Arizona State University coaching staff. In 2019, was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

KHALID ROBINSON (1998-)

Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998) is an American singer and songwriter. He signed with Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records. His debut single, “Location“, was released in July 2016 and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Since then he has achieved several top 10 hits, a number one album and five Grammy He spent his childhood in various locations including Fort Campbell in KentuckyFort Drum in Watertown, New York, and six years in Heidelberg, Germany because of his mother Linda Wolfe’s, and his father’s, career in the military. During his junior year of high school, the family moved to El Paso, Texas and attended Americas High School.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

SINGER, SONGWRITER, ACTOR

Kris Kristofferson is an Air Force Brat.  His father was an USAF Major General.  This was recently confirmed by the Air Force History Support Office Library: Vicky Crone, Librarian, Air Force History Support Office.  Library vicky.crone@pentagon.af.mil

He  graduated in 1954 from San Mateo HS in San Mateo, California.  It is unknown if he attended any schools overseas.

He has often mentioned being a military brat and it is mentioned on the liner notes of one of his albums that  he was: “born into a military family in Brownsville, Texas, in 1936.”

The following quote from Kristofferson is from an interview published in the Sept. 1991 issue of the magazine “The Progressive”, pp.35-38: “….I grew up in a military background. One grandfather was a colonel in the Army, had his eye put out with a spear in the Philippine insurrection. The other one, before he came to this country, was in the Swedish army. My father was major-general in the Air Force, served in WWII and Korea. The military was for me and my brother, you know, just a fact of life.  When I graduated I got my commission in the Army but got deferred to go over to Oxford [as a Rhodes   scholar]. Afterwards, I was a helicopter pilot in Germany….In 1965 I volunteered  for Vietnam–and was turned down. They told me I was going to be assigned to  West Point to teach English. I decided to get out and go to Nashville instead….”

Kris Kristofferson, a Hall of Fame singer-songwriter, actor, and political activist, was born in 1936 in Brownsville, Tex., just over the border from Matamoros, Mexico. He spoke  Spanish before English, and much of his music still carries the sentiments of the bordertowns. The son of an Air Force officer, Kristofferson spent his youth moving around the  country wherever his father was assigned, finally finishing high school in San Mateo, California.

This life-in-motion style has never left him. He has clocked well over a million miles on his tour bus since 1970, when his  songs, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through  The Night,” “For The Good Times,” “Loving Her Was  Easier,” and “Why Me,” to name a few, made him sought performer. Kristofferson has toured several months a year for the last 20 years, most recently as one of The Highwaymen with longtime friends Willie Nelson, Johnny  Cash, and Waylon Jennings.

Kristofferson was a creative literature major at  Pomona College and received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1958. At  Oxford University, he studied William Blake, but Never abandoned his lifelong admiration of the down-home poet of country music, Hank Williams.

After a stint as an Army pilot, he declined a teaching post at West Point and moved to Nashville to pursue a writing career and a foothold in the country music scene. He worked various odd jobs, including janitor at Columbia Studios, bartender, and helicopter pilot ferrying workers and executives back and forth to the Gulf oil rigs.

Stardom arrived in 1970, when he received the Songwriter of the Year Award and his now-classic song “Sunday Morning Coming Down” won Country Music Song of the Year. He has since been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of  Fame and his songs have been recorded by hundreds of major artists.

Kristofferson simultaneously launched an acting career, starring in his first major motion picture in 1971. His film credits include “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “A Star is Born,” in which he co-starred with Barbara Streisand, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed independent 1996 film “Lone Star.” He received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a declining rock superstar in “A Star is Born.”

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 Gerodi LaForge in the television series: “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He also produces and directs the “Reading Rainbow” television series for the PBS.

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)

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.”

Col. Anderson’s official NASA Bio can be found at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/anderson.html

In his interview for the STS-107 mission is at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/crew/intanderson.html

Biographical Data: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/

NAME: Michael P. Anderson (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF) NASA Astronaut
PERSONAL DATA: Born December 25, 1959, in Plattsburgh, New York. Considers Spokane, Washington, to be his hometown. Married. He enjoys photography, chess, computers, and tennis.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington, in 1977. Bachelor of science degree in physics/astronomy from University of Washington, 1981. Master of science degree in physics from Creighton University, 1990.
SPECIAL HONORS: Distinguished graduate USAF Communication Electronics Officers course. Recipient of the Armed Forces Communication Electronics Associations Academic Excellence Award 1983. Received the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training Academic Achievement Award for Class 87-08 Vance AFB. Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the USAF Meritorious Service Medal, and the USAF Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
EXPERIENCE: Anderson graduated form the University of Washington in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. After completing a year of technical training at Keesler AFB Mississippi he was assigned to Randolph AFB Texas. At Randolph he served as Chief of Communication Maintenance for the 2015 Communication Squadron and later as Director of Information System Maintenance for the 1920 Information System Group. In 1986 he was selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 2nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Offutt AFB Nebraska as an EC 135 pilot, flying the Strategic Air Commands airborne command post code-named “Looking Glass”. From January 1991 to September 1992 he served as an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the 920th Air Refueling Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB Michigan. From September 1992 to February 1995 he was assigned as an instructor pilot and tactics officer in the 380 Air Refueling Wing, Plattsburgh AFB New York. Anderson has logged over 3000 hours in various models of the KC-135 and the T-38A aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in December 1994, Anderson reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. He completed a year of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight crew assignment as a mission specialist. Anderson was initially assigned technical duties in the Flight Support Branch of the Astronaut Office. Most recently, he flew on the crew of STS-89. In completing his first space flight Anderson has logged over 211 hours in space. Anderson is assigned to the crew of STS-107 scheduled to launch in 2003.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-89 (January 22-31, 1998), was the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission during which the crew transferred more than 9,000 pounds of scientific equipment, logistical hardware and water from Space Shuttle Endeavour to Mir. In the fifth and last exchange of a U.S. astronaut, STS-89 delivered Andy Thomas to Mir and returned with David Wolf. Mission duration was 8 days, 19 hours and 47 seconds, traveling 3.6 million miles in 138 orbits of the Earth.

AUGUST 2002

LT. GEN ANN DUNWOODY

USA

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)

LT. GENERAL (RET.) THOMAS C. WASKOW

AIR FORCE GENERAL

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.


Lt. GENERAL JAMES CLAPPER, JR.

USAF (Ret)

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)

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.”

MADOLYN SMITH

ACTRESS

Madolyn Smith is an Overseas School Alumnus and was a member of the International School of Bangkok Class of ’75 where she attended school 1969-1972.

She is known for her roles in “Urban Cowboy” (with John Travolta) in 1980 and “Funny Farm.”


MAI SHANLEY FITZGERALD

MISS USA 1984

Mai Shanley Fitzgerald is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She graduated as a member of the Class of 1981 of Woodbridge American HS in England and also attended Grade School at J.M. Wainwright School, Taiwan.

MAJ. GEN DAVID SCOTT GRAY

USAF

Maj. General David Scott Gray, USAF, graduated from SHAPE American High School in 1972.

General Scott Gray is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  He served as Commander of the 86th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB from July 2003 to May 2005.  In May 2005, he became Commander, Air Mobility Warfare Center at Ft. Dix, NJ.  (Updated Nov 2005)

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