Milton Hershey School Congratulates Lt. Col. Charles Seidel ’87 for his Distinguished Military Career
Milton Hershey School congratulates Lt. Col. Charles Seidel ’87 of Oxon Hill, Md., who retired June 1, from the United States Air Force after a 27-year distinguished military career.
“Lt. Col. Seidel is a wonderful role model for our students, as he exemplifies perseverance, commitment to mission and integrity – all the qualities we strive to instill in the young people we serve,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85. “He is an amazing ambassador for our school and the achievement that is possible with a top-notch educational foundation.”
Seidel served as the Long Range Strike Bomber Integration Division Chief. He has been recognized with the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, NATO Medal and many other notable decorations.
He attended MHS from fourth grade through graduation. He even met his future wife, Cyndi, at the school.
Seidel credits Milton Hershey School with preparing him for life by teaching him the value of hard work and respect for others. He attributes many of his life’s successes to his upbringing at the school.
“My experiences at MHS built in me the character traits I needed to be successful in the Air Force – core values like integrity, excellence and service before self. Life has been easier for my wife and me because of the education we received at Milton Hershey School,” said Seidel. “The school owes me nothing, and yet all these years later it continues to give. I love my MHS family and was so touched by how many people from the school attended my retirement ceremony.”