PMHS Math Teacher Serving in the Iraq War

High school Math teacher, Jim Beagen, is currently serving our country in the Iraq War. Jim, whose full name is James Henry Beagen, has taught at Patchogue-Medford since 1993 after having taught Math in the William Floyd school district. He has taught 7th, 8th and 9th grade mathematics at both Oregon M.S. and South Ocean M.S. When Jim returns from active duty, he will be teaching Math at the newly expanded PMHS along with his older brother, Math teacher Bill Beagen.

Jim holds the rank of Major in the Army National Guard. He has served for 20 years in the National Guard and is scheduled for discharge at the end of his current tour. Jim is presently serving under the Joint Civil Operations of the Civil Military. He was activated for the Iraq War May 12, 2004. Since then, Jim has been assigned to Fort Drum in New York, Fort Rucker in Alabama, Fort Holbreth in Florida, is presently in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and is scheduled to go into Iraq in February of 2005. His scheduled assignment will be in the northern cities of Iraq. Jim is assigned to the day-to-day operations of planning for the security of a site before the soldiers are sent into the area. He has to secure enough manpower and firepower before any members of the military are sent in and must adequately insure the safety of the troops.

Jim had been activated before the Iraq War as a member of the National Guard. He served our country after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, during the forest fires on the east end of Long Island and also during 3 different ice storms that affected Long Island during his term in the National Guard. Serving in Kuwait and Iraq is Jim’s first international conflict.

Jim and his wife Ann Marie are the proud parents of 3 children: Danny, 8 years old, Kelly, 4 years old and Kevin, 2 years old. When Jim was interviewed for this article back in November of 2004, he told us his words of wisdom to all his colleagues would be “Vote for Bush”. As we all know, Jim got his wish after Election Day of 2004. If anyone would like to find out more on Jim’s service in the military, you can go to the following website: If you click on the message board link at the bottom of the home page you can send Jim a note. Jim loves to receive thoughts and good wishes from all his friends.

All of us in the PMCT wish Jim a safe journey while overseas and are anxious to hear of his safe return to his family and his grateful country.

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