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.



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.



Mike Larsen Structural TechnologiesName: Mike Larsen, Structural Technologies


Years in the Trenchless Industry:14


Branch of Service: United States Air Force


Years Served: 23


Rank at Discharge: Master Sergeant


Combat Tours: Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch


 

 

 


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


Years in the Trenchless Industry: 42 years


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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