Board of Directors and Officers
I attended Robinson Barracks Jr. High School (1968), then Stuttgart American High School (1969-1971) and was one of the lucky ones to attend all 4 years of my high school at one location, though we transferred out a few days before having to walk the plank with my class. Still, I graduated, Lord knows how cause that last years was a bit of a blur.
Graduated school of hard knocks finally settling down to start and operate my own business these past 30 years. Attended reunions in Las Vegas, San Antonio and here in Kansas City, where I "volunteered" (nope, never learned how to say no) to help with that reunion along with Gary Laster, and others, and somehow found myself helping with this outstanding bunch of people wanting to see this organization grow.
Kynny Sutton, c/o '82
Vice President & Membership Committee, Chair
Kynny "Speedy" Sutton, c/o '82 ... I arrived in Germany four days before the start of the 1979-1980 school year all ready to attend, believe it or not, Patch American High School (newly constructed). Yep, you read that right. On our way to Stuttgart my father was informed that housing on Patch would be delayed but a unit in Pattonville was ready for us, so we decided to drive by to check it out. Making a right turn into Pattonville, we drove by the movie theater, DYA, up “main street” and past the high school where there was “something going on”. My brother and I didn’t hesitate to jump out the car and run down to see what was going on and soon found out that it was a pep rally and dance in the school auditorium. Needless to say, we fit right in and had a blast! That day I (we) met people for the first time who are to this day, still close friends of mine. You know, that's how Brats do things. Well, we got home later that night and before my parents could get "How was ...?" out of their mouths, I told them that I would be attending Stuttgart American High School. That was the beginning of three of the best years of my life. While at SAHS, I played varsity football, JV/Varsity basketball and ran varsity track. But more importantly, I developed friendships with people who have become my family. After enlisting in the Air Force, my 21-year career started the day I left Stuttgart on May 1, 1983. Throughout my life as a Brat I lived in Tonopah, Nevada ("Area 51, aka, where I was born); Novato, California; Los Angeles, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Camp Springs, Maryland; as well as Ramstein and Stuttgart, Germany ... Pattonville, Bldg. 912/A-7 ... "home". I am a Brat and will always be very proud of that!
Past President & Nominating Committee, Chair
Patricia Hein ’76 - While living on Patch Barracks from 1971-1975, I attended Boeblingen Elementary School, Robinson Barracks Junior High School, and Stuttgart American High School (on Pattonville). After returning to the states, when my senior year began at Seaside High School (CA), I decided to graduate in December 1975. In the summer of 1985, I planned the first high school reunion which was held in San Francisco, CA. The Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg American High School Alumni Association was formed and I planned our school reunions every 2-3 years. After 11 reunions and 29 years, I “retired.” The Greater Stuttgart DoDDS High Schools Alumni Association began. Go Stallions ….. Go Panthers!
Secretary & Bylaws Committee, Co-Chair
Danita Kesner Hill '85 - Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, KS
I was born in Heidelberg, but grew up in Stuttgart while my father, (Dale Kesner, US Army/22 years), was stationed at Patch Barracks. I attended Boebligen Elementary and Middle School and we moved stateside my 9th grade year. While at Patch I was most active in AYA programming as a cheerleader, and girl scout and, at Boebligen in the music program, playing in the band and acting in school plays. My older brother, was at Stuttgart High School and was active in the music programming there. I consider Patch to be my "hometown" having spent most of my formative years there, and I value the friendships and acquaintances made with fellow BRATS. I helped start the Stuttgart American Schools Alumni Association as a way for BRATS who grew up in the Stuttgart area to share a connection regardless of school affiliation. While I feel being "true to your school" is never a bad thing, the more important connection we share is the unique bond which bridges across rank, race, socio-economic , political or religious affiliation. My hope is while school reunions will still occur, this group will grow as a place where those reunions can take place amidst a bigger connection to our shared experiences as BRATS in Stuttgart. I currently live in the Kansas City area, married 34 years to a non BRAT, with two grown children, two grandchildren, two pups and four grandpups. I have spent most of my adult life working and volunteering in the non-profit industry.
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
I attended Stuttgart American High School, Pattonville from 1988-1990. I was a member of the class of 1992, but unlike my fellow Board and Committee members, I did not grow up as a Military brat. My father served in the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service officer for 39 years. When living in countries with military bases, I would attend the local DOD school, otherwise I attended the American International School of that country or city. The step sibling of the military BRAT as it were.
I was born in Bonn, Germany and at 3 weeks old was on a plane to Algiers. I lived in Djibouti, Colombia, Zurich, Guatemala, Stuttgart and finally Hong Kong. I graduated from high school there and decided to take a gap year and stay in Hong Kong to work. I was terrified of living in the U.S. for the first time and not having my family close by to lean on. During my gap year I met my husband. We got married in March of 1993 and a month later we move to the U.S. together. My husband opted to join the National Guard while I went to college. After basic training he decided to enlist in the ARMY as active duty, so off we went to our first duty station, Alaska. 27 years later we’ve settled in Tennessee. We have 3 children, 2 grown and out on their own and the 3rd not far behind them.
As with anyone who moves regularly there are posts you love and posts you hate. I loved Hong Kong as a city and as a home but I hated the school. I never really considered it as my high school, Stuttgart was always the school I would refer to as my alma mater. I managed to stay in touch with a few friends through the years, before email, when we still had to write letters and lick stamps. So, when one of them asked me to help put together a more formal version of our association I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
The past couple years has been busy, frustrating, eventful, fun, annoying, amusing and everything in between. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with this amazing group of people putting together what we all hope will be a great association and a legacy for graduating classes to come, as well as a home away from home for all BRATS.