PASD Veteran's Day 2021

PASD Veterans Day 2021
Posted on 11/09/2021
PASD Veterans Day 2021 Veteran's Day 2021

In honor of Veterans Day, we are proud to introduce to you the Veterans of the Port Angeles School District. Thank you, Veterans, of PASD, for your service and commitment! Please read about those who now serve their community after they have served their country.

Josh Krzysiak
Teacher Stevens Middle School
Josh is an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) for the Navy Reserve. He has served since 1994 and is currently working for the Fleet Readiness Center (FRCNW) on Whidbey Island coordinating depot level maintenance events. This photo is from September 2021 when his son, Josh Jr. (PAHS grad 2021) graduated from boot camp. Josh Sr. was his first salute. Josh Jr. left in July for boot camp and is currently going though selection process at the (CEODD) to become a Navy Diver.
Pamela Sanford
Special Services Director
Pam served as a 67R (Apache Helicopter Repairer) in the US Army - Germany. Service was important to Pam as her dad, brother and several uncles also served in the military - it was both a duty and a calling.
Stacey Wilson
Head Custodian Jefferson School
Corporal, United States Army, Cannon Fire Direction Specialist
Jerry Papers
Teacher Stevens Middle School
After high school in the late '70s, Jerry did a stint in the Air Force with a Security Police Squadron mostly in Germany at an F-15 base. Although being a pilot was far out of reach, Jerry's more "grounded alternative" is to ride motorcycles all over the PNW - especially along the coast. Jerry's father (an ex-Marine before starting a family) told him how instrumental serving had been to his success in life, so he followed his lead - realizing for himself, the wisdom in his words.
Mace M. Gratz
Vice Principal at PAHS
Sgt. Mace M. Gratz, Marine Corps, Combat Photographer with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Eric Pickens
Seaview Academy (Grades K-3)
Eric served in the United States Coast Guard from 1995-1999. He served at two different small boat stations along the Oregon Coast conducting Search and Rescue missions on 44 foot motor lifeboats, and 47-foot motor lifeboats designed as a fast-response rescue vessel in high seas, surf and heavy weather environments. Eric finished his enlistment serving on a 270-foot medium endurance cutter named Escanaba, as a Quartermaster, handling the navigation of his ship during fishery, search and rescue, and drug enforcement patrols, working primarily in the Caribbean and the North Atlantic.
Rebecca Winters
Hamilton Elementary, Paraeducator and PAPEA President
USMC, Marine Wing Support Squadron 473 Detachment Bravo, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA from 1997-2001.

Rebecca served at an Inspector and Instructor squadron where they trained reserve Marines for combat in the field and on the rifle range. Their additional duties were to the community, where they served at Veterans Funerals, Parades, and worked with Toys for Tots. They also went to schools and worked with students. Rebecca had the opportunity to be a Drill Instructor for a couple of years for JROTC weekend boot camps.
Captain Jonathan D. Picker, USN (Ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Captain Picker graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 and received his commission through the NROTC Scholarship Program. He subsequently attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1985. Captain Picker is a designated Joint Specialty Officer and his awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as several campaign and service awards. Captain Picker retired from active service on July 1, 2013. To learn more about Captain Picker, you can read his bio on the PAHS website here.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin R. Beck, USN (Ret)
Naval Science Instructor
A native of Aberdeen, WA, Senior Chief Beck enlisted in the Navy October 15th, 1991. He attended Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, followed by SONAR Technician Surface "A" School. After Graduating STG"A" School as Honor Man, he attended ITASS "C" School and AN/SQQ-89 Operations School in San Diego, California. His military decorations include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various other campaign and service medals. To learn more about Senior Chief Petty Officer Beck, you can read his bio on the PAHS website here.
Rachel Picard
Dry Creek Elementary Secretary
Rachel served in the USMC as a Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Technician at Campe Lejeune. Rachel described her duties as fixing the stuff you use to fix other stuff and used her time in the military to train to become a secretary at Dry Creek.
Casey McDonald
Attendance secretary at Stevens Middle School
Casey served in the US Coast Guard from 1996-2017. His last assignment before he retired was Executive Officer on the USCGC Swordfish here in Port Angeles. Casey’s wife is the attendance secretary at Rosevelt Elementary School. She raised 2 kids while Casey was deployed, moved houses 7 times in 3 states. We would like to thank her for her service to our country as well. A note from Casey, "Often times spouses of service members get forgotten. They are the ones raising kids with the added stress of their spouses in harms way! My wife is my hero! I love you, Jen, and I thank you for your service!
Russell Tucker
Bus Driver
U.S. Coast Guard Retired Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
1983-2013 Avionics Electrical Technician

Russell held aircrew positions of Basic Aircrew, Radioman, Navigator, and Tactical Systems Operator in the HC-130. He also fixed wing aircraft as the Flight Mechanic and Hoist Operator on the HH-65 helicopter. Russell finished his career as a Leadership Instructor at the Chief Petty Officer Academy.
Joel Peterson
Roosevelt elementary school, custodian
Proud member of the United States Marine Corps! Served from 1980-1984. Semper Fi!
Gary Pringle
Principal: Hamilton Elementary
Gary was a Forward Observer (13F2P) with 1st Plt., Charlie Company, 2/505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Charlie Battery, 1/319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment), 82nd Airborne Division

During the Grenada invasion, my company captured General Hudson Austin, who was the commander of the People’s Revolutionary Army (PRA) and Chairman of the Revolutionary Military Council.