Long time Weed and Mount Shasta residents Fred and Beverly Obermiller are the parents of Barbara (Obermiller) Rinehart and Michael Obermiller, who have both honorably served the country as US Naval Officers.
Rinehart was born in Chico in 1964. She grew up in Weed and attended local schools until she enlisted in the Navy in 1982.
Following basic training, she attended Electrician’s Mate ‘A’ school in Great Lakes, Ill. and was subsequently assigned to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where she served as a tug boat electrician. She later served onboard the USS McKee and deployed to the United Arab Emirates in support of Operation Desert Storm.
In 1996 she was selected for the Military Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended Seattle University in a nursing program until being commissioned as an Ensign in 1999. She later attended Perioperative Nurse training and deployed to Rota, Spain and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
She spent her last three years of service working in an operating room at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Rinehart retired from the Navy on Nov. 1, 2009 and will make her home in Port Orchard, Wash. with her husband.
Obermiller was born in Redding in 1970 and attended Weed schools. He was commissioned in the Navy in September 1994 at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Chico. He later earned a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue University.
From 1996 to 2000 Obermiller served with the Seabees as an Officer-in-Charge and as the Readiness and European/Caribbean Deployment-For-Training Officer.
Obermiller deployed to Iraq during the height of the war and served as an individual augment in support of the US Army Corps of Engineers to Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned as Officer-in-Charge of the resident office at Camp Blue Diamond, executing $75 million of combat zone reconstruction throughout the Al Anbar province.
In 1996 Obermiller deployed with the Seabees to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait with outlying detachments spread throughout Africa, Kuwait, Iraq and the Caribbean.
Obermiller was promoted to Commander on Sept. 5, 2009 and is currently stationed at Port Hueneme, Calif. with his wife and three children.