14 Pages Vol.14, No. 5 January 2001

--INSIDE THIS ISSUE--


MMA LEADER
Published monthly by the
MMA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
320 Iwo Jima Blvd.
Harlingen, Texas 78550
(956) 423-6006
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Robin Farris
PAO SECRETARY
Connie G. Flores

Cadets Score High in Annual MCJROTC Inspection

Once more the MMA Corps of Cadets was up to the challenge. On 8 December, the annual MCJROTC inspection was conducted by the members of the Eighth Marine Corps District Office in New Orleans, and once more MMA passed with flying colors.

The Academy is one of 40 Marine Corps JROTC units in Texas and Louisiana that the district inspects each year to ensure each is following proper procedures as outlined by Headquarters Marine Corp.

MMA has traditionally done very well in the inspection, and this year was no exception. In all 12 areas of inspection, MMA cadets received the highest grade of “Outstanding.”

Cadets were graded on their personal appearance, performance in drill (as a team), military knowledge and leadership ability. Inspectors looked for such infractions as loose threads on uniforms and improperly worn covers, belts and rank insignia.

While being inspected, cadets were asked such questions as what is the caliber of a M-14 rifle, who is the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and what is their definition of leadership. Later in the day, select platoons were inspected in close order drill.

Of the 331 cadets present for inspection, 165 received a noteworthy rank of zero discrepancies during the personnel inspection.

After the inspection, the 2nd platoon of Golf Company was presented a plaque for the “Best Inspected Company” Award. The platoon representing a composite of Fox Company won the “Best Drill Platoon” Award.

“Normally, one day is devoted to the inspection.” said MMA Operations Chief GySgt Larry Wisnoski, USMC (Ret.) “This year, however, the District Inspection Team spent two days inspecting.”

“Thursday, 7 December, we were thoroughly inspected in the areas of administration (personnel, files and directives); Operations and Training and in Logistics (armory, facilities and supply). Friday, 8 Decemeber was devoted to the cadet personnel inspection.”

GySgt Wisnoski added “The poise and confidence of our cadets, combined with the entire Marine Military Academy team effort resulted in our scoring outstanding in all twelve areas of inspection.”

After the results of the inspection were presented to Col. C.O. Myers, USMC (Ret.), Commandant of Cadets, he remarked, “ I am so proud of the cadets, Drill Instructors and all members of the military staff for what they have accomplished. The improvements shown over last year are most impressive.”

Col. Myers added, “ Once again, the cadets proved to me there is no challenge too big for them. I know they will not let me down.”

Myers reflected that the Corp of Cadets made tremendous improvements in their general military subjects knowledge. He noted that he has participated in many inspections in the Marine Corps and Marines have difficulty with the knowledge portion.

“The cadets did great this year. I would like to thank the teachers who were so involved in improving the knowledge of the cadets. Each day they would drill cadets on general military science,” he added.

Cadet Sergeant Major Andre Testman, II noted, “Personally, I was very pleased with the Corps’ performance in the inspection. The inspection was meant to be an indicator of how well the Corps is doing, and, at 97%, I would say that we are doing very well.”

Best Selling Author James Bradley to be Special Guest for Upcoming Benefit

Marine Military Academy is excited and proud to announce an upcoming benefit dinner, honoring our Iwo Jima Veterans, on 19 February, 2001.

Special guest of honor will the best selling author, James Bradley, most notably known for writing “FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.” Mr. Bradley is the son of Corpsman John Bradley, one of the six young men depicted on our National Iwo Jima Monument.

“For those that have not had the opportunity to read the book, I must say that it truly brings to life those depicted in the monument and the many who served in the toughest fought battle in the history of the Marine Corps. “ states Col. Tom Hobbs, USMC (Ret), Director of Institutional Advancement at MMA.

Proceeds from the evening will go toward the continuing maintenance and upkeep of the Academy’s Iwo Jima Monument and the renovation of the last cadet barracks.

If you would like to attend or provide a contribution for this enjoyable and memorable evening, please contact Col. Hobbs at (956) 423-6006 Ext. 230 or hobbs@mma-tx.org.

New Chairman of the Board Named

James E. Warren Jr., CFP, Chief Executive Officer of Warren Financial Group, Inc. and a trustee of the Marine Military Academy since 1996 has assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He replaces LtGen William M. Keys, USMC (Ret). Keys served MMA as their Chairman from 1998 until 2000. Keys first joined the Academy in ‘87 as an advisor, and became a trustee shortly before his retirement from active duty in 1994. He will continue to serve on the Board.

LtGen Keys is currently President and CEO of Colt Manufacturing Inc. in Hartford, CT.

Mr. Warren is a highly decorated officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam in 1969-70. During his service with the USMC, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Navy Commendation medal and two Meritorious Citations. He has been a member of several Vietnam Veterans Advisory Boards whose goals are to assist Vietnam Veterans through employment, education and other collective endeavors.

Professionally, Warren is a Registered Principal with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., a broker-dealer in New York. Additionally, Mr. Warren is a graduate of the college for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado and has attained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation as regulated by the International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners.

In 1991, Mr. Warren was a recipient of the Who’s Who in American Business Leaders national award for his leadership and achievement in the business community and the significant contributions he has made for the betterment of his community. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Kansas City Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors, and assists the FCA in its estate planning and charitable giving development efforts on both the local and national levels.




Brigadier General Cheney Addresses Cadets

On Wednesday, 29 November, The Marine Military Academy had the priviledge of having Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, Commanding General of the MCRD Parris Island, Eastern Recruiting Region, speak to the Corps of Cadets as part of the Academy’s ongoing Distinquished Speaker Program.

Brigadier General Cheney assumed duties as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, South Carolina in June 1999.

The General spoke to the cadets about the rigors of Marine Corps recruit training, as well as the challenge of recruiting qualified young men and women for service in the United States Marine Corps.

The son of a career Coast Guard officer, he grew up in the Northeastern U.S. and graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1967. He is an artillery officer commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy (Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering '71), and is a graduate of Fort Sill's (U.S. Army) Artillery Basic ('72) and Advanced ('79) Courses; the Marine Corps Command and Staff College ('85); the National War College ('90); and the University of Southern California (Master of Science in Systems Management, '78).

Brigadier General Cheney’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal.

The Academy feels honored and privileged that BrigGen Cheney took time out of his busy schedule to visit with the cadets and tour the campus.

AIG Makes Donation to MMA

LtGen Keys, past Chairman of the MMA Board of Trustees, and Anthony J. McIntyre, MMA Board member, recently presented a plaque of appreciation from the Academy to Laurie Tribuiani of Amercian International Group for its significant financial contribution to the MMA Scholarship Fund and for their continued support of the Academy.

Leadership Classes Learn from OS2 Wilson

From time to time, Lt.Col Gary Andresen invites speakers to address the cadets during their Leadership classes hoping to inspire and enlighten them about life and careers in the Armed Forces. A recent visit by OS2 Tim Wilson, son of SgtMaj and Mrs. Wilson of Golf Company was no exception.

This was Petty Officer Wilson’s second visit to MMA during the last two years. Each time he comes, he is gracious enough to share his own personal insights on honor, duty and commitment with the cadets as well as reflections on his service to our country.

“His youth, coupled with his superb demeanor and bearing, make him an excellent service representative to talk with our cadets.” notes Lt. Col Andresen.

Wilson has just completed Naval Security Law Enforcement Training in San Antonio and reported to Astugi,Japan this December for a 3-year tour.

Cadets who had zero discrepancies during the inspection

Alpha Company

Carlson, IR      Castro, JF      Curiel, JL      Dahlen, Jr., CL      Edwards, WL      Enger, JS      Garibay, J      Gonzalez, RG      Green, TE      Howington, EM      Larrea-Inurrategui, KJ      Mackie, DA      Mackie, JD      Moran, A      Newman, DM      Noriega, AJ      Rodriquez, A      Ryan, JL      Ryan, ST      Vige, CJ      Zamora-Legoff, JA

Bravo Company

Bergau, CB      Billeaudeau, CR      Boer, MD      Bradley, JP      Christianson, Jr., CE      Covens, RJ      Dofelmier, EC      Downing, JF      Elliott,IV., WW      Horak, CM      Hudson, DJ      Johnson, AZ      Kelly, SP      Knieriem, BR      Mathews, RE      McKenna, DM      Merriam JA      Morton, KL      Navarro, J      Parker, MC      Royce, RS      Sellers, DL      Shadd, DL      Sherer,II, EF      Smay, TV      Smith, LC      Spencer IV, LC      Trevor, JM      Wasson, JA      Wendl, EE

Delta Company

Bennett, SE      Clark, EA      Edwards, CR      Ewton, JM      Lee, JS      Leonard, JM      Lomahquahu, BL      Lopez, I      Mahoney, KJ      Martinez, RQ      Munoz, JA      Kposada, D      Sedano, JA      Sellke, MW      Shoemaker, DK      Spencer, JB      Taube, ZA      Torres-Amaya, JC

Echo Company

Alvarez, RR      Barba, CDT      Boire, NJ      Bordes, R      Butcher, CJ      Connor, DL      Creaghe, SM      Creech, CA      Cripps, BC      Davis, CR      Davis, CW      Day, EJ      Dehe, JR      Delgado, GR      Dostal, CR      Galvez, GA      Garland, JD      Gomez-Engell, G      Kobayashi, Taiku      Lindsey, RB      McCormick, JF      Metzger, RL      Miller, BJ      Moe, RJ      Moore RPR      Post, RD      Rollins, DJ      Rosenthal, MA      Said, P      Shambe, RS      Teer, LP      Testman, II, AO      Yuen, A

Fox Company

Allen, KM      Allen, PN      Aluko, AD      Bajsel, MA      Barandiaran, AJ      Bumb, AG      Burton, AA      Cleveland, RH      Cristobal, JS      Gasaway, JA      Glass, JM      Gonzalez, DL      Hall, WP      Harrington, LB      Hathaway, JE      Hoffman, BC      Kim, JY      Leonard, CV      McCormick, RB      Mendoza, AJ      Mirow, TI      Murtagh, DR      Nance, TM      Nelson, MG      Pipes, Jr., CR      Rabbett, DM      Santillo, NL      Satterwhite, PT      Square, DH      Swearengen, JM      Trad, FA

Golf Company

Ancira, MM      Aristizabal, A      Beck, CA      Billups, KT      Bryan, PS      Calvin, GA      Cardozo, MA      Correa, MC      Dielmann, CP      Dunn, MC      Forth, SM      Gonzalez, E      Green, JM      Harnden, MA      Hildreth, JC      Holt, AR      Hubbard, SA      Jenkins, RM      Kim, DH      Levenson, AJ      Lugo, ND      Mason, AM      Montemayor,G      Oakman, CS      Pierce, GN      Pina, AB      Pirtle, JA      Pitcock, JE      Plainte, SJ      Scherr, CM      Van Horne, AP      Williams, DR      Zambrano, D

In a Class By Itself - The SAT Prep Course

Visitors touring the Academy’s academic buildings are frequently surprised and then impressed by a class devoted to preparation for the SAT. But making time for cadets to work on admission exam preparation and initial steps in college planning is one of the features that makes MMA unique.

Veteran educator Mrs. Lori Murray developed the course fifteen years ago at the request of then Academy President MajGen. H. G. Glasgow. A class that began with workbooks, worksheets, and one overhead projector now boasts networked computers and software for college exploration, as well as both SAT and ACT preparation.

“The Academy has been incredibly supportive,” says Mrs. Murray. “It has generously provided the computers and software I requested, and now our cadets are able to improve their scores by an average of 100 points over scores made prior to taking this class.”

After an initial period of whole group instruction on testing and strategies, Cadets begin working at their own pace, taking actual SATs and conferencing with Mrs. Murray to analyze the results. Vocabulary improvement is an integral part of the instruction, with both an individualized program and a word list taking up approximately 20 percent of class time. Over the past two semesters, ACT preparation has been added in earnest with both in-class activities for students currently enrolled in class and after-school options for those who are not in the SAT course. The benefits are clear in the most recent ACT results.

Mrs. Murray is proud of the fact that SAT Prep has continued to evolve over the years with frequent additions to its content. An early addition to the program was scheduling each cadet for a one-on-one interview (during class time) with the College Placement Counselor. Another year, cadet portfolios containing both autobiographies and activity sheets were instituted. The next year, rough-draft college essays became part of the portfolio, along with resumes. Later, College Counselor Mrs. Sandra Williams and Mrs. Murray - well aware of the increasing cost of a college education - incorporated a personality analysis and then a survey to suggest college majors and minors into the class’s offerings.

Over the past year and a half, Mrs. Murray has been fine-tuning a process of teaching cadets to read more critically. “So many of our cadets weren’t focusing on the reading passages,” she commented. “So I began to look for a tangible method to teach these very visual young men to read more carefully.” The end result is a reading method that cadets say helps them “BIG TIME!” (their words) and a date to present a peer workshop at the Regional Meeting of the College Board in Albuquerque in February.

Many cadets have even found that the reading method helps them in their other coursework as well as in SAT passages, and Murray is excited at the thought of sharing the reading method with other teachers and counselors. “When a cadet volunteers to you that he has gone from getting only one or two critical reading questions right to getting nearly all of them correct, a teacher really finds the joy of helping her students. A warm sense of satisfaction and enthusiastic students are a great reward.”

Additionally, MMA is also an authorized testing center for the ACT and SAT. Mrs. Fern Ovenden is the coordinator for the testing site, and will be attending the conference with Mrs. Murray as well.

MMA Teacher recognized for community contribution

Jackie Kyger, a computer science instructor at the Marine Military Academy, was recently recognized in local Valley papers for his contribution to this community.

While Kyger keeps busy here on the campus helping cadets learn all there is to know about computer programing, he also serves as the proprietor, webmaster and editor of an internet site, LosFresnosNews.com. The website is dedicated to inform residents about current events happening in their community of Los Fresnos, located between Brownsville and Harlingen.

“Your average citizen doesn’t know when the next city council meeting is, let alone what is on the agenda,” Kyger, a graduate education technology student at the University of Texas, Brownsville says. “It is my intention to provide information to anyone with access to the web.”

Kyger said the service he provides for his hometown is free. “My payment is when I receive emails for more ideas or for comments of gratitude in providing this service.”

Cadets participate in Feast of Sharing Activities

Eleven cadets and English teacher Mrs. Maria Esmay helped the City of Harlingen employees, local business leaders and other high school students from the area organize and setup the Casa del Sol Community Center for the annual Feast of Sharing Meal in Harlingen.

This community service project was held the week before Thanksgiving to give the less fortunate and elderly of the city of Harlingen an opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at no charge.

National Honor Society members from the Academy who participated were Pedro Said, Grant Pierce and Andre Testman. Leadership Program cadets, selected by LtCol Gary Andresen to participate were Bannon Lomahquahu, Pat Satterwhite, Nicholas Creel, Louis Harrington, Mac McFarland, Josh Gasaway, John Swearengen and Matthew Sellke.

Upon arrival, the cadets divided forces and began clearing the two dining areas of trash, lining tables with runners, decor and centerpieces and hanging signs on the doors.

They worked side by side with volunteers from other high schools, area RV parks and city employees.

They were thanked by Ms. Kitty Bunker, an HEB coordinator and were treated to sandwiches, sweets and sodas after their work was completed.

Cadets Travel to Corpus for Performance

On 4 December, 18 cadets traveled to Corpus Christi, TX to view the “Encore!” performance by the Chamber Repertory Theatre from Boston. The cadets were students from Mrs. Dye’s and Mrs. Figueroa’s English II and III Advanced Placements classes.

The students were treated to five short plays based on famous short stories, such as “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. The goal of the theatre company is to help the students “gain a better understanding of the literature through an exciting visualization of the stories.”

The cadets were impressed by the production and expressed an interest in seeing more productions by the company.

After the performance, the cadets were treated to lunch at the Executive Surf Club.

According to Mrs. Dye, “the cadets did an outstanding job of representing MMA.”

A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Figueroa and Mrs. Pickens for helping finance the trip and to Miss Cavazos for helping with transportation.

Children's Christmas Party Held

MMA cadets played host to approximately 100 children from Sunny Glen Children’s Home in San Benito, Rio Grande Children’s Home in Mission and the children of MMA staff and faculty (under 14) on 12 December in Neuhaus Mess Hall.

Music by the MMA Band, visits from Santa Claus and his helpers, a hot dog dinner and the passing out of presents to the children under 14 made for a special evening, enjoyed by both children and cadets.

The Christmas party, which is in its 21st year, is sponsored annually by the Academy.














Cadet Corner

The following holiday writings are from Mrs. Palamara’s English class. The students were asked to submit writings (fact or fiction) to the Valley Morning Star for December issues.

Merry Christmas MMA
Torrey Mirow
10th Grade


The day is done and now it’s time to leave.
The holidays caught up, faster than I ever conceived.
We all walk to the barracks, some fast, some slow.
Time to pack up our things and get ready to go.
Clean ourselves up and shine our shoes.
Pick up our hats and slip on our blues.

I stroll to the airport with cash in hand.
As my plane takes off, I gaze back at the land.
I recall many good memories from the years of yester.
Add to those that came this semester.

As the plane lands, I close my eyes.
No early mornings and no exercise.
I meet up with my parents, and we walk to the car.
The trip to our house felt quite far.
I’ll stop right here before you begin to snore.
Merry Christmas to all including the Marine Corps.

Merry Christmas
M. De Los Santos
10th Grade


Christmas morning last year, my brother woke me up and dragged me to the Christmas tree where I peered out the window. I saw nothing but the pitch-black skies and the snow covered lawn. My brother had that wide-eyed look as he nodded his head, yes. I glared at him, smiled and shook my head, no. He looked at the floor. I picked him up and threw him over my shoulder and lugged him back to his bed. I eased his door open, dropped him on his bed, and said, “Night.” I patted his head, went to my room and crashed onto my bed. Later, he ran in and jumped up and down on my bed. I got up and returned him to his room for the second time. Finally, during my fourth trip, my parents woke up, and we opened presents immediately. That morning was great being with my family. I figured that the best time I have at home is during Christmas surrounded with family, even if I do feel like I’ve just trained for the Olympics with my little brother every Christmas morning.

More than Just Love and Christmas
Kris Hauenstein
12th grade


Once upon a time, there lived a family of four, who had no money, but yet were not poor. They had love to keep them going, only that and no more. But the mother and father were sad. So they prayed and prayed that Santa Claus would come to shower their children with toys. The kids had been good all year long. They wished for toys. As they slept, Santa landed without a sound. Down the chimney he came with a bound. Two minutes later, he vanished like a ghost. The kids woke up early for their toys. That’s when they knew that they had been part of the list of good girls and boys. The whole family was happy. Now, not only was there love, but there were toys and happiness.

Basketball

The Leatherneck basketball team continued its winning streak in the preseason with victories over strong Rio Grande Valley teams.

MMA faced #1 ranked Brownsville Pace in their gym on the 4th of December for what proved to be a close and exciting contest. MMA fought out a 6 point victory, 68-62 led by Cal Davis’ 20 point effort. The following night Brownsville Porter came to the King Athletic Center for the Leatherneck Home Opener, and found MMA to be too powerful as the Porter Cowboys were roped to a score of 86-52.

MMA finished the weekend by winning the Sharyland Rattler Diamond Back Classic tournament in McAllen. The Leathernecks defeated the #3 ranked Mission Eagles with a score of 71-54 in the first round. Next, MMA met the Rio Grande City Rattlers and won 69-48.

In the semi-finals, MMA stuggled a bit to get rolling, but managed to defeat the Edcouch-Elsa Yellowjackets 56-47 to earn a birth into the Championship game which started a few hours later. The first half of the Championship game proved to be a good contest between the host Sharyland Rattlers and the Fighting Leathernecks. The halftime score reflected the battle, as MMA held a 28-22 lead. The second half, however, was owned by the Leathernecks, as they came out and dominated from the start.

With super defense and exciting offense, MMA cruised to an 80-42 victory and championship trophy.

Earning All-Tournament honors were Aaron Decuir and Kalen Mahoney, averaging in the tournament 10 and 16 points respectively. Tournament MVP honors went to Cal Davis with a tournament scoring average of 18 points per game. A stellar performance was also turned in by Cody Victor who averaged 13 points per game in the tournament.

The Leathernecks extended their record to 14-1 with the championship weekend, and closed out the preseason on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Corpus Christi Miller.

The Leathernecks finished up their preseason basketball competition with a hard fought overtime loss to 5A Corpus Christi Miller Tuesday night in Corpus. MMA struggled to find the basket for three quarters as few shots would fall in for them, but somehow battled back in the 4th period to give themselves a chance to win.

With :05 left on the clock, MMA called timeout trailing by 3. Executing the drawn up play perfectly, the Leathernecks found Cal Davis all alone at the 3 point line where he calmly hit the buzzer beating shot to send the game into overtime.

MMA fought extrememly hard, but fell in overtime 73-68. Cody Victor and Cal Davis led the Leathernecks with 24 apiece, and Aaron Decuir put in a solid effort with 11. MMA returns from the Christmas break to start District play against St. Joseph’s Academy on Jan. 9 in King Athletic Center.

Swim Team Participates in Harlingen Christmas Classic

The MMA swim team competed in the Harlingen Christmas Classic swimming tournament this past December.

The Harlingen Christmas Classic tournament is an annual swim tournament that is sponsored by the Harlingen Swim Club.

This tourney has grown over the years. This year 28 teams competed with 400 to 500 swimmers participating.

MMA, in invidual events, did not place high enough to earn medals or ribbons but did place high enough to earn points to place the team in tenth place.

The best swim of the day for MMA was in the 200 Free Relay. The team dropped four more seconds off their time (1:45.26), which placed them in ninth place, narrowly missing out on a ribbon place.

The meet was very competitive and a good experience for the MMA swimmers.

Where are they now?

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Brant Welty -
9007 E. Emory Rd., Coryton, TN 37721, (865) 689-8877 (H) anneBrant@worldnet.att.net (W) Brant.Welty@rsd.cendant.com.

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Edgar Shilo -
111 PR, 3416 Apt. #3 Bridgeport, TX 76426, (940) 683-2800. After graduation, went to GA Military Academy, then into USMC. Shot twice in Vietnam. Now retired police officer. Plans to attend Reunion 2001.

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Phil Hazelton -
12622 Eagle Court, Grand Terrace, CA 92324-5702, H (714) 824-8448, W (714) 946-3212. Looking for Joe Muniz. Found out last year has five brothers & sisters in Germany. Daughter was surfing the Internet and located a guy who lived 20 miles from birth mom. Plan on having first reunion with new family on a cruise in CA. in August. Daughter got married last year, so couldn’t make reunion. Keeps in contact with a few MMA buddies, thanks to MMA hot line.

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Oscar J. Garza -
174 Robins Lane, Brownsville, TX 78520, (956) 541-6886. ojg@riogrande.net.mx. Working hard, trying to make a good living. Celebrated 20th wedding anniversary last October. Oldest son Oscar is a sophomore at Texas A&M. Second oldest, Manolo, will be graduating from St. Joseph in Brownsville in May and going to A&M. Alec, the youngest, is a freshman at St. Joseph.

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Jay Cockroy -
14356 Retablo, Helotes, TX 78023, (210) 684-5357. Maintains golf courses and plays a lot of golf.

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Major David Shepard -
USAF(Ret) 11505 Jewell Cove Road, S.E. Albuquerque, NM 87123, H (505) 261-0791 W (505) 853-5893. mule77@yahoo.com. Retired major from the Air Force and currently employed at the Albuquerque Field Office of the Secretary of Defense as a government civilian employee. Both daughters are in college. Oldest one, Charlotte, married a Captain in the Air Force. Is very proud that his sister’s oldest son, Daniel Spaeth, is a freshman at MMA this year. States that he and Willie are planning a trip to the reunion in the spring and bringing wives.

Gary Forrester - 647 Blackstone Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, (803) 236-0123. gfrrstr@CLEMSON.EDU. Working for Clemson Univ. as an Urban Horticulturist in the Myrtle Beach Area. Graduated from Texas A&M in late 80’s with an MS in Agronomy and then moved out to east coast. Had several major surgeries this past summer for an unexpected illness, but doing fine. Down to fighting weight again. Loves it out in SC. Spending much time on the ocean running scuba diving charters since now has a USGC Masters Captain License. Something to use after retirement. About to marry Howard Funkhauser’s sister in the spring. “What a combo of genetics!” Father still roams the Valley. Has a place in Port Isabel. Still considers the RGV home. Howard is going to attend Reunion 2001, and will try to tag along with him.

SSGT Michael Stokes - 523 Cimarron Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28303, H (910) 764-1121 W (910) 432-4532. Married to wife Sherri, two children. Career serviceman. Marine Corps and Army. Participated in Desert Storm.

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William J. Fanning -
494 Goodman Ave., Suite 3300, Addison, TX 75001. H (972) 720-9796. B 1-800-380-8376. WFanning@piclife.com. President of The Pilot Insurance Center at the Addison Airport. Been traveling constantly for the past six months without a break. Very impressed with Gen. Rollings and his wife. “What wonderful people. I am sure they will both be a tremendous asset to the Academy.” Will try to make Reunion 2001, but with travel schedule, never can tell. Planning a business trip to Galveston in the next month or two, and might just fly own plane down to Harlingen and spend a couple of days in the sun.

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Jim Mischel -
2302 Mayfield Dr., Round Rock, TX 78681, jim@mischel.com. In the computer software business. Came down to MMA to talk to the Computer Science classes about experiences in the computer industry and how many of the lessons learned at MMA helped prepare him for later life. Been to the past five reunions, as well as Mike Hawley (‘76). Be back in 2001 for reunion.

Commander Mike Strano USN - mch-co@hotmail.com. Transfered in June from command of USS Oriole, out of Corpus Christi, to Carlisle, PA. Attending US Army War College for 1 year.. Graduates in June 01; has asked for a destroyer. Can’t make reunion because of wargaming exercises and travel to Air Force Staff College in Montgomery, AL. Thoroughly enjoyed last Reunion.

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Will Watson -
23004 130th Place S.E., Kent, WA 98031-3651, (253) 638-8696. Wonka44@aol.com. Former Drum Major at MMA. Looking forward to seeing all alumni next spring. Married since ‘91, two beautiful children, Ben, age 6 and Cami, age 3. Wife is a 3rd grade teacher. Moved to WA from Germany after service. Working now as supplier to the trucking industry as the Chief Business Development Officer. Still dreaming of being in the entertainment business someday. He feels like the luckiest guy around with a beautiful family and a pretty good life.

John McCoy - R.V. Buric Construction Managment Consultants, 300 Park Place, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, H (440) 567-6594 W (440) 247-3700. jmccoy@oh.buric.com. Attended Univ. of Kentucky. Played football and rugby and graduated with a BA in History in ‘87. Graduated from Univ. of Cincinnati College of Engineering in ‘95. Has a BS in Civil Engineering and currently working for an engineering consulting firm in Cleveland. Still single (too scared to get married).

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Tom Ovenden -
2701 Park Center Dr., #1705 Alexandria, VA H (703) 566-0362 Cell (202) 256-2731. Thomasovenden@aol.com.

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Ricardo Van Wielink -
Saturnino Herraw 122 Col. San Jose Insurgentes Mexico City, Mexico Ph#52-5-6800124. licrvw@yahoo.com.

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James D. Burton -
6117 Whirlwind Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 H (719) 266-0211 W (303) 571-4557. Noticed that SgtMaj Kinsley has come onboard. He was at the 3dFSSG when stationed with the group. Came up from the six shop many times to his and BGen Hughey’s office many a time to fix their computers and applications.

Ramsey Hammad - 15615 Winding Moss, Houston, TX 77068, H (281) 580-9437 Pager: 1-800-946-4646 pin# 1467666. Ramsey.Hammad@petrocosm.com. Changing jobs again. From AIG to a new position with PetroCosm in the R&D department. New company partially owned by Texaco, Chevron and other companies. Looking forward to coming down this year since job situation is under control.

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Mike Mallard -
93 Covent Road, Syosset, NY 11791, (516) 364-8804. mmallard@nscc.com. Has volunteered as contact man for New York.

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Chris Morphew -
685 Cowboy Parkway #3147, Irving, TX 75063 (972) 401-0027. cmorphew@yahoo.com. Graduated from Midwestern State Univ. in ’98. Moved back to Dallas and currently working as Internal Account Manager for Hewlett Packard in Richardson. States that the traditions of MMA that were instilled in him so many years ago he still has, and uses today. Looks forward to attending Reunion 2001.

Caleb P. Hood - 626 E. 23rd Abilene, TX 79601 (915) 829-4760. Cph00a@acu.edu. Doing great and in last year of school at Abilene Christian Univ. Took a four-year break in ’94 to enlist in the Corps and really loved it. Spent most of his time in South Carolina but managed to get out for one Westpac. Loved it so much that has stayed on in the reserves, at 4th Recon Bn with older brother.

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LCpl Travis Kuenstler -
3827 Gladeridge Houston, TX 77068. Tkuenstler@email.com or kuenstlert@3div.usmc.mil or mmacadet99@aol.com. Current address is Combat Assault Battalion Unit 36280 FPO AP 96602-6280.

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PFC James Tucci USMC -
jet316@hotmail.com. Currently stationed at Fort Eustis, VA. Graduated bootcamp 15 Sep 2000.

Tommy Duff - Adjusting well at the Naval Academy. Selected as his company’s Plebe of the Month (Company 9) and was nominated by his company as ’04 Midshipman of the Semester.

Memorials

Mr. A. Almon Clark
SgtMaj Frank J. Fonte, USMC (Ret)
Christopher Lee Heard - MMA ‘99
BGen E. Hunter Hurst
Mr. Leo Nomellini - Former Marine
Maj Larry Robinson, USMC - KIA RVN
Col Wayne F. Sanford, USMC (Ret)
CWO Oscar Douglas Sayre, USMC (Ret)
GySgt Mike Sekerak
Lincoln Bonn Shea
Capt. Robert J. Shirk, USMC
LtCol Warren “ Jake” Skvaril, USMC (Ret)

Donation

A donation was received in honor of: Col Hensley Williams, USMC (Ret)


























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