At Homecoming 2012 we will honor all Alumni Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves and Military Families. These 6 Alumni represent a host of Alumni who have sacrificed much for our freedoms. We honor them with as our 2012 Outstanding Alumni.
Col. Bruce Hollywood, Class of 1984, Air Force
Col. Bruce Hollywood, USAF (Ret), is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Joint Operational War Plans Division, the Joint Staff. Bruce entered the Air Force in 1986 as a Distinguished Graduate of Officer Training School. His first assignment was to Minot AFB, North Dakota as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch Officer where he was selected as Executive Officer to the 57th Air Division Commander.
At Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Bruce served in various launch team positions on 12 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launches. In 1994 he was assigned as the Command Lead for development of the Space-Based Infrared Satellite Program. At Falcon Air Force Base he served as Operations Officer for the 3rd Space Operations Squadron and was responsible for the operations of 18 Priority 1 satellites. In his first Pentagon assignment, he served as Deputy Chief of the Space Launch Division.
In 2001, Bruce assumed command of the 320th Missile Squadron at FE Warren AFB. Returning to the Pentagon in 2004, he was assigned to the Joint Staff as Chief of Strategic Planning on the Joint Staff J-8. He retired from the Air Force in 2007.
Bruce also serves as Executive Director of the Japanese American Veteran’s Association, which is a national organization honoring the contributions of our WWII Veterans.
Bruce earned two Masters Degrees and attended the Command and General Staff School at Ft Leavenworth and the Air War College at Maxwell AFB and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in Washington DC. He is married to wife, Megan, and he has two children.
1st Lt. Jay Johnson, Class of 2000 & 2002, Oklahoma National Guard
1st Lieutenant Jay Johnson had a desire to serve his country at a very young age when he enlisted at age 17 in 1989 with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Not long after he enlisted, Jay was activated to participate in Operation Desert Storm in 1990 with the 245th Medical Company. While in Desert Storm, Johnson moved injured soldiers and took care of their medical needs. Jay’s service earned him the Combat Action Badge and numerous federal awards and medals including the Iraqi Campaign Medal Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
In the years following, Jay was a part of several military medical response teams having assisted in the aftermath of such tragedies as the Oklahoma City Murrah bombing, Hurricane Katrina.
His medical experience in the National Guard led Jay to complete the Oklahoma State Nursing Boards and became Clinical Research Manager for the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute. Jay then decided to pursue his education at Southern Nazarene University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000, and a Master of Science degree in 2002.
With his degrees, Jay was able to move forward in becoming an officer in the military and was deployed in 2007 as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Despite significant combat, Jay’s Delta Company 179th Infantry unit returned home with no losses and was the highest decorated unit of the 45th Infantry of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Jay retired from the military in 2009 with the rank for 1st Lieutenant.
Captain J. David McClung, Class of 1965, Air Force
Captain J. David McClung is a third-generation graduate of Southern Nazarene University having followed in the footsteps of his mother, father, and grandfather. Following his time at SNU where he graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration, David began graduate work at the University of Oklahoma and then enrolled in the Air Force where he completed six years of active duty from 1965 to 1971.
During his time in the Air Force, David rose to the rank of Captain. He also piloted the “Jolly Green Giant” for the Air Force for more than 200 combat missions in Vietnam over three tours of duty. He also served one tour of duty in Korea. While in the military, David received the National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters.
Following his time in the military, David graduated top of his class from Baylor Law School and went on to enjoy a successful business and law career. David practiced law in the State of Texas, U.S. Federal Courts, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as chairman of more than 20 different corporations before retiring as CEO of Triton Marine Construction Company.
David has dedicated countless hours to serving the Nazarene Church including having served on the board of Sothern Nazarene University and as president of Eastern Nazarene College. David and his wife Linda have four children that all graduated from SNU.
CMDR Morris L. Neal, Class of 1952, Navy
Commander Morris Neal has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the United States Navy. In 1962, he applied for a direct commission as an U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer and was commissioned at the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade where he served at the U.S. Naval Intelligence Command in Dayton, Ohio.
Morris’ initial assignments included work as an investigator for the Naval Investigative Service, analysis of Vietnam prisoner of war debriefings, reconnaissance photographic interpretation and counterintelligence operations. As Executive Officer of the Dayton, OH Naval Intelligence Group, Morris was also involved in developing and providing initial computerized targeting data for more than 25 countries.
While working in Dayton, Morris worked as a civilian computer programmer and management information systems analyst. He was approached about working for the Monsanto Research Corporation Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio. The lab was part of the original Manhattan Project that developed the first nuclear bombs for World War II. While at the lab for 25 years, Morris worked on the design, development, and production of several projects such as the U.S. Naval Polaris submarine missile systems and the radioisotopic electrical generators that were left on the surface of the moon to power instrumentation left there during the Apollo missions and other deep space probes.
Morris served many years at Beavercreek Nazarene Church in such roles as being on the Board of Trustees and finance committee. Morris and his wife Naomi are retired and now live Bethany and enjoy time with their 10 grandchildren.
Lt. Col. Peter Plank, Class of 1979, Oklahoma State Guard
Lt. Colonel Peter Plank has enjoyed a long career in both business and serving as a part of the Oklahoma State Guard. Peter is a lifelong Nazarene having grown up on the Dallas District in Grand Prairie, Texas, which led him to attend Southern Nazarene University.
From 1991 to 2007, Peter grew to the ranks of a Lt. Colonel within the Oklahoma State Guard where his responsibilities included Civil Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Chief of Staff, Executive Officer, Commanding Officer and Adjutant to Commanding General. Peter was also an assistant to Oklahoma State Chaplain Charles Tackett from 1994 to 2000.
While a part of the Oklahoma State Guard, Peter was very involved in veterans’ affairs and civil affairs and also served as commanding officer and adjutant to the commanding general. Since 2004, Peter has served as chief of veteran affairs for the Liberty Jump Team Foundation where he is responsible for planning, organizing, funding, and escorting World War II veterans to team parachute events in both Europe and the United States. Peter is also an honorary member of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
Peter has also enjoyed a successful career as a contractor in Oklahoma City where he is currently the co-owner of Pinion Design & Contracting where he oversees commercial construction projects all over the U.S. One of the highlights of Peter’s career in commercial construction was being a part of the team at Lambrecht Companies that built the Sawyer Center in 1998 on the campus of Southern Nazarene University.
Brig. General Rob Redwine, SNU Class of 1985, Air Force
Brig. General Rob Redwine grew up with the Air Force in his blood as he was born at Chanute Air Force Base where his dad served as a young airman.
He attended Southern Nazarene University as a political science major where he was greatly influenced by such professors as Randle Spindle, Bob Lively and Dr. Loren Gresham. Rob graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named to Who’s Who among American College Students and the National Dean’s List.
Upon graduating from Southern Nazarene University, Rob decided to forgo law school for the time being and serve his country in the United States Air Force. Throughout his illustrious career in the Air Force, Rob served in a number of capacities, and since leaving active duty has accepted several short-term active duty assignments. He currently is mobilization assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force and Air Force Network Operations.
In a previous assignment, Rob was deployed to the Middle East as the acting United States Central Command Air Forces Director of Intelligence for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Rob received his Masters in International Relations from Webster University in 1993 and then earned his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Oklahoma in 1998. Since earning his law degree, Rob has practiced law with McAfee & Taft and has managed his own law firms, Posey & Redwine, P.A., and Robert R. Redwine, P.C. Rob and his wife Victoria have two daughters Courtney and Mallory.