We Salute You
George N. Simmons 20+ yrs - Retired from U.S. Air Force.
George N. Simmons 20+ yrs - Retired from U.S. Air Force.


Ken Beale, Army
Dave Bergner, Air Force, C130  Navigator
Karl “Bucky” Burgess, Air Force
Michael Burke, Army
Randy Gettler, Naval Air
Joe Hildebrand, Navy Air
Gary Miller, Army
Virginia Miller, Army Nursing
Dave Potter, Naval Air
Duane Quenzel, Air Force
Barry Shreve, PA Army National Guard 


Lieutenant Colonel Virginia M. Torstrick
Lieutenant Colonel Virginia M. Torstrick
Lieutenant Colonel Virginia M. Torstrick United States Army, Retired

Dates of Service: June 1972-February 1993

Place of Entry: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Legion of Merit , Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army

Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Service Star,

Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas

Service Ribbon(2)

Military Education

Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course (1974)

Army Medical department Officer Head Nurse Course (1976)

Army Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Course (1978)

Army Medical Department Advanced Officer Course (1981)

Army Command and General Staff College (1985)

Civilian Education

Bachelor of Science, Nursing Carlow College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1970-1974)

Master of Science Nursing Administration/Nursing Education University of Texas Health Science

Center at San Antonio (1985-1987)

Duty Assignments

Noble Army Hospital, Ft McClellan, Alabama, (1974-1978)

Staff Nurse Medical, Pediatric, Psychiatric Ward/Evening and Night Nursing Supervisor/Chief Nurse

Primary Care and Community Medicine (6 Outpatient Specialty Clinics, 4 Troop Medical Clinics, Acute

Minor Illness Clinic, and Emergency Room)

Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania (1975)

Project New Arrival Staff Nurse Female Medical/Surgical Ward Vietnamese Refugee Camp

Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft Lewis, Washington (1978-1981)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Well Baby Clinic/Special Needs

Muenchweiler Health Clinic, M?enchweiler ad der Rodalbe, Germany (1981-1985)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner providing primary pediatric care for child dependents of military assigned to the Pirmasens area.  The clinic was attached to Landstuhl Army Medical Center

Coauthored a booklet for new parents, “Pediatrics for Parents a Common Sense Approach”

Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft Sam Houston, Texas (1985-1989)

Head Nurse Pediatric Ward, Chairperson Head Nurse Committee

67th General Hospital, Wurzburg, Germany (1989-1992)

Head Nurse, Medical-Pediatric-Psychiatric Ward/Task force for the Inpatient Hospital facility move to a new facility/provided support for patient movement and reservist backfill during Desert Shield/Storm

Chief Nursing Education, Staff Development, Quality Assurance and Infection Control

Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft Sam Houston, Texas (1992-1993)

Head Nurse/ Supervisor Newborn Nursery-Intermediate Care Nursery-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

 Lieutenant Commander Joseph J. Hildebrand, USNR Retired
Lieutenant Commander Joseph J. Hildebrand, USNR Retired
 Lieutenant Commander Joseph J. Hildebrand, USNR Retired

July 1975 - Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL

September 1975 - Avionics Technician (AT) "A" School, Naval Air Technical Training Center, NAS Memphis, Millington, TN.

April 1976 - H-3 FRAMP School, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron ONE (HS-1), NAS Jacksonville, FL.

August 1976 - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2), NAS Jacksonville, FL.

October 1976 - Promoted, Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class (AT-3).

February 1977 - Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron NINE (HS-9), NAS Jacksonville, FL.  Deployed with CVW-8 aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) North Atlantic / Mediterranean 1977-1978.

September 1978 - Promoted, Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AT-2).

November 1978 - Aviation Officer Candidate School, Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, FL.

March 1979 - Commissioned, Ensign, USNR.

April 1979 - Training Squadron TEN (VT-10), NAS Pensacola, FL.

September 1979 - Naval Air Training Unit, 323rd Flying Training Wing (ATC), Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA.

April 1980 - Designated, Naval Flight Officer, Naval Air Training Unit, Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA.

April 1980 - P-3C Replacement Air Group, Patrol Squadron 31, NAS Moffett Field, CA.

December 1980 - Patrol Squadron 48, NAS Moffett Field, CA.  Operationally Deployed to Kadina Airbase, Japan (1981 & 1983); North Pacific Deployment to NAS Adak, AK (1982); Detachment Operations NAS Cubi Point, Republic of Philippines; NAF Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory); Littoral Sites - Mogadishu, Somalia; Djibouti, Djibouti; Utopai, Thailand & Seeb, Oman.  

Designates as Navigator / Communicator & Tactical Coordinator in the Navy's P-3C Aircraft.  2200 + flight hours in type aircraft.

January 1984 - Instruction, Aviation Survival Department; Staff Officer, Naval Aircrew Training Department; Assistant Student Control Officer, for Plans & Programs Department; Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, FL.

June 1986
- Designated by, Chief of Naval Education & Training, Master Training Specialist.

June 1987
- Officer Recruiter, Naval Air Reserve, NAS Jacksonville, FL.

October 198
8 - Selective Reservist, Patrol Squadron 0545 / Patrol Squadron 62, Naval Air Reserve,  NAS Jacksonville, FL

October 1989
- Promotion, Lieutenant Commander, Unites States Naval Reserve.

October 199
1 - Patrol Squadron 67, NAS Memphis, Millington, TN.

May 1992
- TCS 0574, Naval Air Reserve, NAS Jacksonville, FL; Operational Detachments to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, 1993 / 1994.

August 1994
- VTU-7474, Naval Air Reserve, NAS Jacksonville, FL

May 1996
- Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserve, Retired

Navy Good Conduct Medal
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Navy  - Marine Corps, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Three Awards)
Navy - Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Two Awards)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr

Chaplain (Colonel) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr.

Chaplain Beale was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in 1987 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. He completed the Chaplain Officer Basic Course in 1991 and the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course in l994 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, United States Army Chaplain Center and School. In 2002, he completed the United States Army Command and General Staff Officer College.  He attended the Chaplain Division Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 2004; and the Senior Unit Ministry Team Orientation (SUMTO) Course in 2007 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.  He is a graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he received the degree of Master of Strategic Studies in 2010 .


Colonel Beale is the Command Chaplain, US Army Reserve Command headquartered at Fort McPherson, GA. Previously, he was the Chief of the Chaplain Recruiting Branch, US Army Recruiting Command headquartered at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and the Assistant Staff Chaplain for Administration and Operations for the 88th Regional Readiness Command headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.  Prior to these active duty assignments he served as a Reserve Component Chaplain with the Office of the Staff Chaplain, 88th Regional Support Command and with the 457th Transportation Battalion. His only previous active duty time was when he volunteered in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, where he was cross-leveled as Chaplain to the 3rd Brigade of the 84th Division stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1991.


Chaplain Beale’s awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Volunteer Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device and Bronze Hourglass, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.  Chaplain Beale has been awarded the United States Army Recruiter Gold Badge with 3 Sapphire Stars and the coveted Recruiter Ring.


Perry Ritter (Naval Air)  Naval Aviation

July 1970-January 1971 NATTC Memphis (Aviation electronics school, today the only thing I remember is SONAR stands for "Sound, Navigation, and Ranging"....who knew.

January 1971-January 1974 Helicopter Squadron HS85, anti-submarine warfare (I can still hear that sonar ping in my sleep although it wasn't really a ping sound), air-sea rescue, (we had ten aircraft and in my three years there we only picked up one downed pilot, but, it was fun to play pretend with the rescue hoist), carrier escort, their eye in the sky, we assisted The Enterprise,The Coral Sea, The Hancock, and The Ranger).

January 1974, got an "early out for college", active duty was over, Yippee, headed home to Pennsylvania.

Reserve time, one weekend a month, NAS Willow Grove:
February 1974-December 1974, VP66, they too were sub hunters.
January 1975-June 1975, VP64, Wake me up if anything exciting happens....it was getting kind of old.
June 1975-June 1976, One year in the Ready Reserves doing absolutely nothing.

Squadron Update: In June 1995 my old squadron, HS85 (now designated HC85) was used in the movie Apollo 13 astronaut recovery scenes. They used my old squadron because they were the only ones still flying the antiquated SH3 aircraft.

HC85 was also used in an episode of JAG.....wow, had I stayed in I might have become a movie star.

Today, on my office wall hangs the teletype that came into my squadron on 09 JAN 73  addressed to all members of the Pacific Fleet, It read:
The President today announced that an internationally supervised cease fire in Vietnam will take effect this Saturday, North Vietnam will release all prisoners of war in the next 60 days.  Pretty neat piece of history announcing the end of the war.

Duane Quenzel served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974 & was stationed @ Dover AFB in Delaware.  He worked on the C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft.  He was also in the USAF Reserves from 1974 to 1976.
Left: Senior, Center: Gary on right- West Point, with my brother Ken in October 1973. Right:  At Ft. Sill, OK.  My promotion to CPT (Captain) 9-8-1978,  Carol was pregnant with our first son Matthew.
Left: Senior, Center: Gary on right- West Point, with my brother Ken in October 1973. Right: At Ft. Sill, OK. My promotion to CPT (Captain) 9-8-1978, Carol was pregnant with our first son Matthew.

Military Resume

MAJ(R) Gary R. Miller, US Army


US MILITARY ACADEMY LIAISON OFFICER 1984 -1997                               


Responsible for area management, planning, and support of West Point’s professional admissions field force in southeastern PA & central NJ, providing educational counsel & admissions support of college bound students seeking admissions to Tier 1 Schools.  Vice-Chairman of 13th Congressional District Service Academy Selection Board.


HHC CDR, 157TH INF BRIGADE  1983 –1984


Commander of a 150 service member HQ organization, in direct support of a Separate Infantry Brigade, US Army Reserve, Willow Grove, PA; with contingency missions in support of the active Army component.




Responsible for coordinating the daily staff support of the Asst Div Cdr, 3rd Armored Div, FRG and his command responsibilities in the vicinity of Frankfurt and Hanau, FRG, in support of a military community of over 10,000 military service members and their dependent families; Directly involved in the planning and support of various Congressional & Senatorial VIP delegation visits to the Hanau Military Community, FRG.




Responsible for the welfare and training of over 100 military service members and dependent family members, of a Field Artillery 155 SP Howitzer Firing Battery, serving as Executive Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Maintenance, Supply, & Safety, and Service Battery Ammunition Officer.  Military Aide to Commanding General, Ft. Sill, OK.  Responsible for coordinating the daily staff support of the Commander’s command responsibilities of Ft. Sill and the US Army’s Field Artillery School, representing over 20,000 military service members, civilian civil servants and their families.




Undergraduate student, US Military Academy,West Point, NY a 4 year US Army pre-commissioning program, at a federal service academy. Earned multiple Varsity Letters in Football and Baseball, graduating as a 2LT, US Army, with a BS in Engineering and area of concentration in Mathematics.