Famous Overseas Alumni and Military BRATs


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Robin Roberts is an Air Force Brat, the daughter of Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts, Sr. of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“I’m a military brat, actually an Air Force Brat – and proud of it.”
—Robin, while co-hosting the 112th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena 01/01/2001



Ronald George is a DoDDS Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  His mother was a DoDDS school teacher. Ron George is the first professional athlete to have attended DoDDS schools all twelve years. He is a 1988 graduate of Heidelberg High School.

Originally drafted as a linebacker by the Atlanta Falcons in 1993 he played for the Falcons four years, followed by a year with the Minnesota Vikings.  George has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He earned All-America and All-PAC 10 honors as a senior at Stanford University.

RYAN O’NEAL (1941-    )  


Patrick Ryan O’Neal graduated from Munich American High School in 1959. His father, a Hollywood writer, worked for Radio Free Europe.   He began his acting career in the German series, “Tales of the Vikings” in 1959.

O’Neal is known for his role in Peyton Place . His list of movies is long and his role in “Love Story” brought him an Oscar nomination.



Sarah Bird is an Overseas School Alumnus and an Air Force Brat. Her father was an Air Force Lt. Col. She attended school overseas at Yokota in Japan. She is best known for her books “The Virgin of the Rodeo,” “Alamo House: Women Without Men, Men Without Brains,” The Boyfriend School and “The Mommie Club.”



Dr. Paraznski is an Overseas School Alumnus. He attended Junior High School in Dakar, Senegal and Beruit, Lebanon and attended High School at Tehran American School and the American Community School of Athens, Greece, where he graduated in 1979.

Info from: Official NASA Bio on the NASA WWW Homepage



Michael Scott Shannon, best known for creating the “morning zoo” format in radio, was an Army Brat. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.


Senator John Cornyn III (born February 2, 1952) is an American politician and attorney serving as the senior United States Senator for Texas since 2002. He was the Republican Senate Majority Whip for the 114th and 115th Congresses. Cornyn also previously served as Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2007 to 2011.  Cornyn was born in Houston, the son of Atholene Gale Cornyn (née Danley) and John Cornyn II, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He attended the American School in Japan after his family moved to Tokyo in 1968, and graduated from it in 1969.

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (1972-   )  


Shaquille (better known as Shaq) O’Neal attended Fulda Am. High School in Germany when his stepfather, Army Sergeant Phillip Harrison, was stationed in Wildflecken. He graduated from Cole HS in San Antonio , TX where he was named a High School Player of the Year.

Shaq has played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. His awards are too numerable to list. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in the NBA in 1996 when he was also on the U.S. Olympic basketball team which won gold.

O’Neal has appeared in motion pictures and recorded original rap. In 2007, he had his own TV show which encouraged weight loss in young people.



Sharon Tate was an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. Her father was a career Army Officer. She graduated from Vicenza American High School in 1961, where she was Homecoming Queen 1960 and a cheerleader. She lived in Verona and commuted to school daily.

After high school she went to New York to the Powers Modeling School & Agency and then on to movies. Her tragic death at the hands of the Charles Manson “cult family” gave her an infamous ending her classmates would prefer to forget.


SENATOR (D-Rhode Island)

Senator Whitehouse is a Diplobrat and an Overseas Brat. His father, Charles Whitehouse, was a Marine Corps pilot in World War II who later became U.S. Ambassador to Laos and Thailand – Sheldon grew up all over the globe, experiencing first-hand the power of American statesmanship to foster better relationships throughout the world.

Senator Sheldon was elected to his first term in the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Senator Whitehouse’s official website is: http://whitehouse.senate.gov/


Stephen Lee Mansfield (born 1958) is an American author who writes about history, modern culture, religion and men’s issues. His books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.  Mansfield was born in Columbus, Georgia, the son of a U.S. Army officer, Eldon L. Mansfield Jr. His family lived on military posts around the United States, though the majority of his early years were spent in Germany, particularly in Berlin during the years when that city was divided into communist and free sectors.

STEVE KERR (1965-  ) 


Steve Kerr, a member of the Chicago Bulls Basketball team is an Overseas School Alumnus. He was born in Beirut,Lebanon.  While in sixth grade he attended Cario American College in 1976-77.  He had previously attended the American School of Beirut.

He is one of the leading three point shooters in NBA history.  He is currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs. He previously played with the Chicago Bulls (1993-1998); Cleveland Cavaliers (1989-1993) and the Phoenix Suns  (1988-89).



Susan Blakely is a Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. She was born September 7, 1948 in Frankfurt, Germany. She attended Seoul American High School in Korea where she was a member of the Class of 1966. She was a SAHS cheerleader her sophomore year 1963-64. Her credits include: roles in the “Savages” and “The Lords of Flatbush.” Her most memorable career projects were the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” and a CBS three hour mini-series entitled, “Will There Really Be a Morning” which was a presentation of Frances Farmer’s autobiography.


SYLVIA NASAR (1947-   )


Born in Bavaria , Sylvia Nasar graduated from Marshall High School in Ankara , Turkey in 1965.

Her biography of John Nash, “A Beautiful Mind,” won the National Book Award in 1998 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It inspired the Ron Howard motion picture of the same name.

She was an economics reporter for the New York Times and is currently Knight Chair in Business at Columbia University in New York .



Identical twins, Tamara and Tia Mowry were born in Gelnhausen , Germany . Their full names are Tamara Davette and Tia Dashon. Both of their parents were in the Army.

They started doing talent shows at a very early age. Tia was a dancer and Tamara a singer. In 1988 Tia won the Little Miss Texas title. They starred in Sister, Sister from 1994 to 1998.


Terry Serpico (born June 27, 1964) is a veteran actor, stuntman, voice-over artist and father. He is best known for LTC Frank Sherwood in the TV drama series “Army Wives”.  He is an Army brat and was stationed at 5 posts in the US and Germany prior to his father’s retirement as a full Colonel in 1980.  He has performed on a USO Tour to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan twice.  He is currently on the TV drama series ‘Yellowstone’ with Kevin Costner.



Tim Russ is an Air Force Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. He attended Izmir American High School in Turkey.

Russ was born in Washington DC to a military family and was raised on Air Force Bases around the world. He and his younger brother and sister lived in the Orient and the Middle East before his father retired to live in Sacramento, California.

Although best known for his role as the Vulcan, Tuvok, on the television series “Star Trek: Voyager,” he has also appeared as Sam Jones’ computer-whiz compadre in NBC’s “The Highway Man,”  the Answering Machine Guy in the NBC’s sitcom “The People Next Door;” recurring part  in  “Arresting Behavior,” the NBC pilot “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth;” and as guest star on such shows as “Sea Quest”

TOM COLE (1949- )


Representative Tom Cole is an Air Force Brat. Cole’s late father, John Cole, served twenty years in the United States Air Force and worked an additional two decades as a civilian federal employee at Tinker Air Force Base.

Cole is currently the only registered Native American from the Chickasaw Nation serving in Congress.



Valerie Skuse Malmont graduated from Kubasaki High School ( Okinawa ) in 1955. Her mystery series features Tori Miracle, a Foreign Service brat. She plans to write about growing up on Okinawa in her next book.



Vanessa Minnillo was born at Clark AFB, Philippines . As a child she lived in Germany , Japan and Turkey .

In 1968, Minnillo was crowned Miss Teen USA and chosen Miss Congeniality. Currently, she is pursuing an acting career. She has appeared in the ‘Bold and the Beautiful‘ and several entertainment TV shows.



Victoria Principal was an Air Force Brat and an Overseas Schools Alumnus. Her father was an AF NCO. She has stared in the TV series “Dallas” and, various movies . (more…)

WILLIAM “WILLY” McCOOL (1961-2003)


Willy McCool’s father was a Navy and Marine aviator. He followed his father’s path after graduating 2nd in his class from the Naval Academy in 1983 and became not only an aviator but an Astronaut.

McCool was a member of the Columbia crew when it broke up on re-entry in 2003. He joined NASA in 1993 after a distinguished career aboard the USS Coral Sea and as a Navy test pilot. Commander McCool’s official NASA Bio can be found at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mccool.html.



William Jay Smith has authored more than 50 books. His memoir, “Army Brat”, has been highly acclaimed.

Smith, described as “a most gifted and original poet” by former U.S. Poet Laureate and 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Wilbur, is the author of ten books of poetry. In 1990, Smith’s first complete collection of his work, Collected Poems, 1938-1989, was cited as “magical” by New York Times’ reviewer Herbert Mitgang.

Smith has also written a dozen celebrated children’s books, including the illustrated Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense (1990) and Birds and Beasts (1990). His credits include numerous translations of French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish and Hungarian poetry, and several volumes of criticism.

He was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called U.S. Poet Laureate) from 1968 to 1970.

Professor emeritus of Hollins College in Virginia, Smith has been poet in residence at Williams College, chairman of the writing division of the Columbia University School of Arts, and on the executive board of the Columbia University Translation Center. The recipient of numerous awards, he has been a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters since 1975.

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