We take a moment at SEHS to salute the following four staff members who are veterans of our armed services.

Listed in alphabetical order, each Veteran submitted archival photos and information about their service. They will enjoy a Tin Fin lunch from the SEHS administrative team on Veterans Day as a small act of appreciation for their immense sacrifice for our country.

They were asked to share:

  • their name, branch of services, years served;
  • places traveled outside of U.S.;
  • special commendations or recognitions;
  • some words of wisdom they wish to pass on to students

SEHS Veterans: We salute you! We also take a moment to salute SEHS parents who are Veterans! Thank you for your service!

--from SEHS Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and Students

Petty Officer 1st Class (Air Warfare) Ross S. Johnson

Role at SEHS: NJROTC Instructor

United States Navy, 1988 - 2008

Served outside of U.S. in. Keflavik, Iceland

Special Commendations/Recognition:

  • HS-15 (Helicopter Squadron) Jacksonville, FL

  • VFA-86 (Strike/Fighter Squadron) Cecil Field, FL

  • Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Key West, FL

  • VP-26 (Patrol Squadron) Brunswick, Maine

  • Naval Air Technical Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi

Words to Share: "Smart words, delivered well in public, have incredible power. The ability to inspire confidence in a well articulated vision can help drive men and women to achieve things that may be well beyond their own abilities. Failure teaches you to get it right!:

Staff Sergeant Sarah Bissell Puentes

Role at SEHS: Supportive Instruction Paraprofessional

United States Marine Corps, 1996-2000; 2005-2011

Served outside of U.S. in Okinawa Japan, Iraq, Germany

Special commendations/recognition:

  • Drill Instructor, 1st female Water Combat Instructor in San Diego

Words to Share: "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything; you are the only one in life that can hold you back."

Lieutenant Colonel Terry Stautberg

Role at SEHS: NJROTC instructor

United States Marine Corps, 1984-2005

Outside of U.S.:

  • Three Six month deployments to the Mediterranean including three months in Iraq

  • Three Years Stationed in Okinawa Japan including deployments to Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia.

  • Travelled to 42 countries

Special commendations/recognition:

  • Three years as a flight instructor.

  • Three years as a budget officer in the Chief of Naval Operations Office in the Pentagon.

  • Three years as the NROTC Cornell University Executive Officer

Words to share: "Working with Marines is a whole lot of fun. They will give everything they have to accomplish any mission and will keep a sense of humor about it regardless of the conditions."

SN Susanna Beth Tackitt

Role at SEHS: Virtual Learning Option Teacher

United States Navy, 1 year, medical discharge

Words to Share: "The greatest lesson I learned was perseverance. No matter what, get back up and keep going."

Check out our SouthSide student news crew that developed this video to say THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS!

Veteran Salute