Honoring Veterans in the Trenchless Industry

The staff at Trenchless Technology magazine wants to shine the spotlight on the many individuals in the trenchless industry who have, or are currently serving in the military. To do this, we created this online database of trenchless professionals, from all continents, who served or are still serving their respective countries.

The information you see below was compiled from our online submission form. If you, or someone you know, is involved in the trenchless industry and served their country in the military and they are not on our list, a link to the submission form can be found below.

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Honoring Veterans and Supporting Those Who Serve Submission Form


The entire Trenchless Technology team would like to thank all of those who served, and continue to serve, their countries.

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Mike Larsen Structural TechnologiesName: Mike Larsen, Structural Technologies

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Years in the Trenchless Industry:14

Branch of Service: United States Air Force

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Years Served: 23

Rank at Discharge: Master Sergeant

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Combat Tours: Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch

 

 

 

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Lynn Osborn LEO ConsultingName: Lynn Osborn, owner, LEO Consulting LLC

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 42 years

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Branch of Service: United States Army

Years Served: 1969-1972

Rank at Discharge: Sergeant

Your Military Occupation: Petroleum Storage/Distribution

Combat Tours: Vietnam 1971-1972

Military Awards or Commendations: Bronze Star

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): Reserves

 

 

 


Name: James Cooper, northeastern operations manager, M-I Swaco, a Schlumberger Company

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 4

Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps.

Years Served: 10

Rank at Discharge: Sergeant

Your Military Occupation: Combat Engineer, Breacher and Mountain Warfare Instructor

Combat Tours: 2005 JTF Counter Narcotics South America; 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Iraq; 2010 and 2012 Afghanistan

 

 

 

Toby Dunnagan, Vac-Con

Name: Toby Dunnagan, Vac-Con

Years in the Trenchless Industry: Less than a year

Branch of Service: United States Navy

Years Served: 5

Rank at Discharge: E-5

Your Military Occupation: Served in the Submarine Force

Combat Tours: War on Terror

Arthur Bides, JEAName: Arthur Bides, water/wastewater engineer, JEA

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 5

Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps

Years Served: 4

Rank at Discharge: Corporal

Your Military Occupation: Aviation Ordinance

Combat Tours: 1991 Gulf War

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): Florida Army National Guard

 

 

 

Tim Coss, Microtunneling Inc.Name: Timothy Coss, president, Microtunneling Inc.

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 31

Branch of Service: United States Air Force

Years Served: 8

Rank at Discharge: Staff Sergeant

Your Military Occupation: Technical School Instructor, Aircraft Technician

Combat Tours: Asia Deployments continuous from November 1967 thru May 1972; Vietnam: Danang Air Base, Bien Hoa Air Base, Cam Ron Bay Air Base and Phan Rang Air Base; Korea: Suwon Air Base, Osan Air Base and Kunsan Air Base; Thailand: Don Muang Air Base, Udorn Air Base and Korat Air Base; Philippines: Clark Air Base; Japan: Yokota Air Base and Guam: Anderson Air Base

 

 

 

Leigh Bressner, LMK TechnologiesName: Leigh Bressner, senior accountant, LMK Technologies

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 1.5 years

Branch of Service: United States Air Force

Years Served: 8

Rank at Discharge: Staff Sergeant

Combat Tours: N/A

 

 

 

Bruce Tobey, LMK TechnologiesName: Bruce Tobey, LMK Technologies

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 4

Branch of Service: United States Coast Guard

Years Served: 4

Rank at Discharge: Lieutenant (03)

Combat Tours: N/A

 

 

 

David Ridge, LMK TechnologiesName: David Ridge, technical trainer, LMK Technologies

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 10

Branch of Service: United States Navy

Years Served: 4

Rank at Discharge: Petty Officer: 3rd Class

Your Military Occupation: Hull Technician

Combat Tours: Operation Enduring Freedom-Africa, Operation Iraqi Freedom-Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

Tom Iseley, Louisiana Tech UniversityName: Dr. Tom Iseley, P.E., Associate Director of International Operations, Professor of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering Technology, Trenchless Technology Center, Louisiana Tech University

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 40

Branch of Service: United States Coast Guard

Years Served: April 1968 to March 1972

Rank at Discharge: E5

Your Military Occupation: Aviation Electrician

Combat Tours: I didn’t serve in a combat zone. Two helicopters were assigned to icebreakers. I was an aviation electrician on a helicopter and an air crewman. I made a cruise to the Antarctic one year and another year I was on an icebreaker in the Arctic.

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): Inactive reserves from April 1972 to March 1974

 

 

 

Mark WalbomName: Mark Wallbom, executive director and CFO, Hydromax USA LLC

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 40

Branch of Service: United States Air Force

Years Served: 1966-1970

Rank at Discharge: Staff Sergeant

Your Military Occupation: Munitions and Special Ops Specialist

Combat Tours: Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base, Vietnam; Takli and Nakhon Phanom, Thailand 1967-1968

Military Awards or Commendations: Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Arms Expert, Viet Nam Service Medal, Air Combat Medal

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): No

 

 

 

David Crowder in UniformName: David Crowder, C.E.T., C.D., senior associate/trenchless practice leader, R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 20

Branch of Service: Canadian Army Reserves – Canadian Military Engineers

Years Served: 17

Rank at Discharge: Sergeant

Your Military Occupation: Combat Engineer

Combat Tours: It was not a combat tour, but I was posted to Lahr, Germany, for four months in 1985. Canada had a large group of Canadian troops in Germany at that time.

Military Awards or Commendations: Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)

 

 

 

Sheldon Teeples US ArnyName: Sheldon Teeples, RS Technical Services Inc.

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 25

Branch of Service: United States Army

Years Served:

Rank at Discharge: Staff Sergeant

Your Military Occupation: Special Forces

Combat Tours: 1973-1990 US Army Augsburg Germany / Utah National /Guard

Military Awards or Commendations:

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): Utah National Guard

 

 

 

Bernard P Krzys, U.S. ArmyName: Bernard P. Krzys, CEO, Benjamin Media Inc. and publisher Trenchless Technology

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 33

Branch of Service: United States Army

Years Served: 2

Rank at Discharge: 1st Lieutenant

Your Military Occupation: Finance Corps; Computer Instructor at U.S. Army Finance School

Combat Tours: None

Military Awards or Commendations: US Army Commendation Medal and Distinguished Military Student

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): I year U.S. Army Reserves

 

 

 

George Kurz, U.S. Army, VietnamName: George E. Kurz, Independent Consulting Engineer

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 30

Branch of Service: United States Army

Years Served: 17.5 years

Rank at Discharge: Captain

Your Military Occupation: Military Intelligence – Strategic Intelligence Analyst

Combat Tours: 20 April 1970 – 13 November 1971 – Republic of Vietnam (Cam Ranh Bay)

Military Awards or Commendations: Bronze Star

Military After Active Duty (Reserves, National Guard, etc.): I5 years, U.S. Army Reserves

 

 

 

Richard Prosser US NavyName: Richard Prosser, Vacuworx

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 34

Branch of Service: United States Navy

Years Served: 1973-1978

Rank at Discharge: Petty Officer 2nd Class

Your Military Occupation: Radioman

Combat Tours: None

Military Awards or Commendations: National Defense Medal, Submarine Patrol Pin

 

 

 

Jeff Goldsberry Ditch WitchName: Jeff Goldsberry, HDD product specialist/product sales specialist, Ditch Witch

Years in the Trenchless Industry: 23

Branch of Service: United States Army Reserves

Years Served: 9 years, 3 months

Rank at Discharge: E-6 (Staff Sergeant)

Your Military Occupation: 11B3X /13B 3X Drill Sergeant

Combat Tours: Desert Storm

Military Awards or Commendations: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (X2), U.S Army – Drill Sgt. Badge, U.S. Army – Drill Sgt. Leader

 

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