STEUBENVILLE - A 1982 Catholic Central High School graduate will return to his alma mater to address the 58 graduates set to receive diplomas at commencement exercises Sunday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Dave Irvin attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., following high school. He graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and was commissioned as an active duty second lieutenant in the Air Force. Irvin also was selected to attend the Air Force pilot training program.
During his career, Irvin was a T-37 instructor pilot and taught Air Force and allied pilots to perform low level navigation, aerobatics and formation flight maneuvers. He took part in missions re-deploying troops from the Middle East following Operation Desert Storm. Irvin also delivered tanks and armored equipment into Mogadishu, Somalia, in response to the events depicted in the movie, "Blackhawk Down" and flew humanitarian aid into war torn Rwanda.
During his last assignment, Irvin flew and instructed in the KC-135 aircraft and delivered fuel in mid-flight to airlifters, fighters and bomber aircraft.
Irvin was deployed with his unit numerous times to overseas locations in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also flew drug interdiction missions in the Caribbean and refueled aircraft protecting the United States on Homeland Defense missions.
Irvin retired from the Air Force in 2011 after more than 25 years of service and now flies a Boeing 777 internationally as a first officer for Federal Express.
He has a master's degree in leadership and business ethics from Duquense University, and he and his family are members of Blessed Sacrament parish. He is a son of Dr. and Mrs. John Irvin of Wintersville.
Irvin is married to the former Shannon Price and they live in Steubenville with their children, Erica, Rachel, Nate and Noah.
Rachel is a member of the CCHS 2013 graduating class.