Alumni Spotlight: Military Appreciation Month


May is Military Appreciation Month, and we would like to recognize and honor our NEC Alumni U.S. Service Members.

Several of our alumni share how NEC shaped their journey and impacted their time serving in the U.S. military. Read their stories below!





Civil Affairs Officer & Major Obadiah Baker '06
United States Army Reserves
Major: Jazz Studies

Read more about Obadiah


Master Sergeant Anthony Balester '11 MM
United States Air Force
Major: Saxophone Performance

Read more about Anthony

Musician First Class/E6 Chris DeChiara '99 MM
United States Navy
Major: Percussion Performance

Read more about Chris
Master Sergeant Christian Eberle '88
United States Army
Major: Bassoon Performance

Read more about Christian
Musician Second Class/E-5 Seville Jenkins '14 GD
United State Navy
Major: Trombone Performance

Read more about Seville
Captain Brian O. Walden '02 MM
United States Navy
Major: Wind Ensemble Conducting

Read more about Brian


Are you currently serving or have previously served in the U.S. military?

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