16 Pages Vol.15, No. 5 January/February 2002


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MajGen James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret) at MMA’s Annual Leadership Forum

On 8 February 2001, MajGen James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret) served as the Guest Speaker at the annual MMA Leadership Forum.

MajGen Livingston retired in 1995, following over 33 continuous years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.

In 1968, while serving as the Commanding Officer, Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in Vietnam in action against enemy forces and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

MajGen Livingston served in a variety of different positions within the United States and overseas.

In addition to the Congressional Medal of Honor, General Livingston earned the Distinguished Service Medal; the Silver Star Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Bronze Star Medal, with Combat “V”; the Purple Heart, Third Award; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal, Second Award; the Navy Commendation Medal, with Combat “V”; the Combat Action ribbon, Second Award and various other service and foreign decorations.

Before visiting with four panel groups (leadership traits, principles,styles, and standards) separately, he addressed the Corps of Cadets for about one hour in Yeckel Hall. At this plenary session, he challenged all cadets to discuss trust, commitment, courage, and authenticity among themselves.

MajGen Livingston noted that trust is one of the most important elements of leadership and how being committed to one another turns actions into reality. He went on to state that courage is our willingness to do what is right regardless of what our peers say. He also addressed authenticity by asking: “Are you what people see?”

In closing, Gen Livingston offered some personal thoughts: Don’t tell people how good you are, show them; be the best person you can be; recognize that all business problems are caused because people aren’t honest or lack integrity; and realize that 90 per cent of the world’s problems are focused on courage, integrity, judgment, and dedication.

“General Livingston’s talks, both in the forum rooms and during his address to the Corps of Cadets, inspired some new views on leadership and it also reinforced those I already had,” stated Cadet Michael Correa, a junior from Chicago, Illinois.

Additionally, Cadet Randall Howard, a junior from New Orleans, Louisiana reflected that “General Livingston’s speech was enlightening. Being that I am an aspiring entrepreneur, he helped me see the importance of knowing your men and caring for their well-being. The relationship between Marine Corps leadership and the smooth operation of a business was made clear. I learned most importantly that your people determine your sucess.” He also added that “ words cannot describe the knowledge I obtained from a true hero.”

Commanding General Dennis Krupp, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing Addresses Corps of Cadets

“Twenty years from now, each and everyone of you will make a difference in our society. The foundation you have learned at the Marine Military Academy will follow you wherever you go and in whatever you do. You are taking the moral high ground now and you will have those morals and values with you until the day you die. You will be the leaders of the 21st century.”

Those were just a few of the encouraging words given to the cadets from Major General Dennis T. Krupp, Commanding General of the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing in Cherry Point, North Carolina during an assembly held recently in Yeckel Memorial Auditorium.

MajGen “Jersey” Krupp and his associate, Col W.A. “Otter” Jazmulowicz, landed at Gulf Aviation, Valley International Airport, in F/A-18 fighter jets. While there, members of the aerospace program at the Academy were allowed to tour the aircraft and visit with MajGen Krupp.

Krupp began his career in the Marine Corps in June 1969 after graduating from Jersey State College, commissioned as a second lieutenant. He reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training in July of that year, and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1970.

Upon completion of F-4B transition training, he was deployed to Nam Phong, Thailand, flying fifty combat missions in support of Southeast Asia operations.

In October 1985, Krupp deployed with VMFA-323 on board the USS Coral Sea. Later, he flew in combat operations against Libya, during operation Eldorado Canyon.

MajGen Krupp is a fighter/attack pilot qualified in the F/A-18 and the AV-8, and was named Aviator of the Year in 1979.

Krupp has held a variety of staff and command assignments during his career with the Marine Corps. He has served at Headquarters Marine Corps, the US Atlantic Command and the National Military Command Center.

As the Commanding General, 2d Marine Aircraft wing, he is responsible for 15,000 Marines and Sailors and 400 aircraft. The 2d MAW has forces deployed around the globe, to include Afghanistan. MajGen Krupp has achieved over 5,000 mishap-free hours in tactical jets.

He has received the Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Strike Flight Air Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

“We have one with us who definitely has the right stuff,” stated MajGen Wayne Rollings, USMC (Ret), when introducing MajGen Krupp. Rollings and Krupp served together in Okinawa, Japan and have remained good friends.

In addition to his inspiring words, MajGen Krupp shared with cadets and other visitors a slide show, depicting what the Marines are doing in the fight against terrorism. The slide show consisted of actual photos taken during “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan.

Krupp closed with the famous quote from President Theodore Roosevelt, entitled “The Man in the Arena,” and added that “each and everyone of you are in the arena and you should be proud of your accomplishments and you ARE the leaders of tomorrow.”

Fond Farewell, Col Myers

The Academy said farewell to the Commandant of Cadets, Col Clifford O. Myers III, USMC (Ret) and his wife, Peggy, who, after almost four years at the Academy, are returning back to San Diego, California where Col Myers will be the Assistant Chief of Staff/Community Liaison at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot.

Myers came to the Academy after more than 32 years of active duty in the Marine Corps. He enlisted in the Corps in 1965 and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego,

When asked what accomplishments he is most proud of while here, Col Myers noted that “there is now a much improved discipline and pride within the Corps of Cadets. The manner in which the cadets wore their uniforms improved and common military courtesies improved.” The inclusion of the Crucible as a final “right of passage” for the plebes, the improved relations between the Military and Academic Department, the outstanding results of the Annual District Inspections, the adding of the Veterans Day and Iwo Jima parades and the Boy Scout program are other areas Col Myers is proud to have been part of.

“The first thing that really hit me was how fast you become a member of the MMA family. Every single member of the staff welcomed us and offered to help in any way. With the exception of military organizations, I believe this attitude is unique to MMA,” reflected Col Myers on his first days at the Academy.

“It seemed like only yesterday that Peggy and I were moving into our home in Harlingen. Now we’re taking things from their place and moving them once again. It feels like you are leaving your own family. We are excited about the new challenges we will be facing as we begin anew. I now have the opportunity to end my professional life at the same place I started some 38 years ago. I will be working as an ‘ambassador-at-large’ for the Academy in San Diego by talking with parents interested in MMA,” said Myers.

The Academy will also be losing one of its most dedicated volunteers, as well. Mrs. Myers, who was named Visitors Center Volunteer of the Year last year, devoted many hours to the Vistors Center and in the College and Career Resource Room.

The Academy wishes Col and Mrs. Myers all the best in their future endeavours.

MMA Scouting Program Having a Banner Year

MMA’s Troop 22 recently held a Court of Honor to award badges and rank advancements.

Thirty Scouts received over 130 merit badges, most of which were earned during the week-long winter camp conducted during the Christmas break. Additionally, ten Scouts earned Scout rank advancement.

The Academy would also like to congratulate Cadet Andre O. Testman for passing his board of review for Eagle Scout and joining cadets Ben Pepich and James Jacobson as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Congratulations are also extended to Cadet Richard Martinez on being appointed as the Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader.

Over 20 other Scouts were presented with their badge of office for the leadership position they hold in the Troop.

At a Court of Honor held earlier in the year, numerous scouts were selected for the “Special Scout Spirit” award.

Consideration for this special award included such things as 1) dedication to Troop 22 and scouting principles; 2) active participation; 3) scout advancement and achievement; 4) motivation; 5) example to others in and out of scouting; 6) dependability; and 7) overall Scout spirit.

The senior youth members of the troop leaders council selected the following Scouts to receive the Spirit Award: Kostas Lazanas, Bannon Lomahquahu, Philip Butts, Michael Harnden, Jeremiah Lowe, Mark McCord, David Miller and Mark Werner.

In addition to the Spirit Award, the following Scouts were presented special recognition for outstanding performance and results in their Scout leadership position during the fall semester. Those cadets recognized were: Ben Pepich, Andre Testman, Chris Oakman, Richard Martinez, Alberton Pina and Jared Spencer.

In other Scout news, cadets Alan Holt and Creighton Rea completed their Eagle Scout Leadership project and are awaiting their board of review. Cadets Martinez and Michael Harnden are beginning their Eagle Scout projects soon.

The Troop has nearly 70 active Scouts and is the largest activity at MMA and the largest Troop in the Rio Grande Council.

Two Cadets Selected to Attend Rotary Leadership Camp

Cadets Jared Bennett Spencer and Corey T. Freeze were selected to represent MMA at RYLA 2002, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - Rotary District 5930. Both cadets attended the yearly event which was held 18-20 January 2002.

Rotary Youth LeadershipAwards is a program designed to shape leadership skills in students who already possess and demonstrate outstanding leadership characteristics within their high school and community.

RYLA Camp is a youth retreat with its main objective of exposing students to the many phases of leadership through learning from individuals who are already leaders within the community and business world.

Students learn to further demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth, encourage and assist selected youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership through training experience, encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth, and to publicly recognize the high qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders.

Students attending the Camp leave with a better understanding of how to assume a positive leadership role within their school and community.

Candidates representing their school at RYLA must be high school juniors and are selected based upon their demonstrated superior citizenship qualities and/or significance of participant's extracurricular activities, academic honors or awards, current leadership positions held, work experience, high moral character, cooperation and willingness to participate as group member, and knowledgeable of current events.

Cadet Freeze participated in H.O.S.T.S. (Help One Student To Succeed), and F.C.A.(Fellowship of Christian Athletes), football, track and weightlifting and has been named to the Dean's List academically.

Cadet Spencer participates in Boy Scouts, football, wrestling, Marine Corps JROTC and plays the drums. He is currently on the President's List and serves as Company Gunny for "D" Company. Last year, Cadet Spencer was named "Scout of the Year."

Dean’s List

Ancira, MM Nuevo Leon, MEX
Bajsel, MA Houston, TX
Burke, SM Katy, TX
Butts, PM Greer, SC
Correa, MC Chicago, IL
Ghaffarian, ND Los Gatos, CA
Gonzalez, E Sugar Land, TX
Harrington, LB Houston, TX
Jones, KB Plano, TX
Lambuth, FW Mexico City, MEX
Leonard, CV Mandeville, LA
Lopez, I Mexico City, MEX
Martinez, RQ Kingwood, TX
Masepohl, KJ Houston, TX
Mennis, SJ Miami, FL
Merriam, JA Freemont, CA
Nickerson, AJ San Antonio, TX
Palomares, AC Coral Gables, FL
Pax, DR McAllen, TX
Peever, DS Kent, WA
Rea, CA Dallas, TX
Rodriquez, A Dallas, TX
Rollins, DJ Oroville, CA
Runkle, HJ Tucson, AZ
Santillo, NL Elizabeth, NJ
Simmon Jr., VF Newport Coast, CA
Smay, TV Landing, NJ
Spencer IV, LC New Orleans, LA
Square, DH Tampico, MEX
Vernon, BC Lago Vista, TX

During the recently held Academic Awards Ceremony, Cadet Branden Hanak not only received a gold wreath for his academic achievments, he also was awarded his United States citizenship certificate. Hanak is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernd K. Hanak of Broaddus, Texas.

Parents Club Golf Tournament Slated For Weekend of April 19, 2002

The 5th Annual Leatherneck Golf Tournament has been scheduled for the weekend of April 19th and 20th, 2002 at Ridgeview Ranch, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Whether you’re a competitor or a contributor, the MMA Parents Club would like to see you there!

The event, which benefits the Corps of Cadets, begins Friday evening with a banquet and both a silent and live auction. The Golf Tournament will be on Saturday. The auctions will be part of the banquet evening to allow for the participation of spouses and non-golfers.

If you have items that you would like to donate for the auction, please contact Mrs. Kathy Pollard at 412@ATTB1.com or (972) 306-8430.

The format is a four-person scramble, with tee time starting at 1300. Players may enter individually or as a team. Heavy hor’deuvres or burgers will be served that evening, and the trophies will be presented at 1900.

There are a variety of sponsorships available, as well as tickets to the banquet and auction. Direct contributions are also gratefully accepted.

For more information, check the MMA Parents Club website at www.mmaparentsclub.org or LtCol Bob Grider, Director of Admissions at (956) 423-6006, extension 250.

Ceremony Honors Longtime Friends of the Visitors Center

Ceremony Honors Longtime Friends of the Visitors Center

Recently, the Marine Military Academy Visitors Center volunteers gathered with the MMA family to honor Leona Hand, the founder of the center and recently retired Director of the Visitors Center, by naming the administrative office in her honor, in recognition of her many years of service and dedication to the center.

On the same date, the little theater at the Visitors Center was re-named the “Corrine and Ed Swaney Memorial Theater.” This .was in recognition of their many years of service to the center. Mr Swaney is notable for his many years of “telling the important tale of the Battle for Iwo Jima, including the remarkable movie which depicts the brutal and savage campaign,” remarked Charles F. (Monte) Catterlin, assistant director of the Visitor Center.


Last summer, Hilda Saldivar, one of MMA’s Spanish teachers, took a group of cadets and parents to France and Spain.

During the tour, her students became good friends with another young man and his mother, herself a teacher, who were visiting the same places.

The cadets gave the young man all kinds of positive information about MMA, with the result that Tyson

Basora became very excited about coming to the Academy. He is now a mid-term cadet and seems to feel that this is a great place where he can learn and succeed.

Congratulations to Mrs. Saldivar’s students who led by example and showed what Marine Military Academy can mean to young men seeking educational opportunities.

You Can Make A Difference for Summer Camp 2002

Each year, the Admissions Department receives numerous applications from young boys who want to experience the adventures of Summer Camp.

A number of these individuals can’t afford to pay the full cost for attending Summer Camp. LtCol Bob Grider and the Admissions Staff appeal to readers such as you to contribute to the Summer Camp Fund.

By raising money to help offset the cost of Summer Camp, 10 to 20 young boys can realize their dreams. In many instances, this will be the one opportunity that makes a difference in their life.

If every person who reads this and then sends a $25.00 to $50.00 donation, they will be contributing to the youth of tomorrow.

Please consider being a part of this worthwhile investment. If you decide to contribute to this endeavor, please send your check to the Admissions Department at the Marine Military Academy and annotate for Summer Camp Fund. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

HOSTS Volunteer Awards

At a recent Help One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) awards ceremony, seven cadets from the Marine Military Academy were awarded their 3-5 year volunteer pin.

HOSTS is a tutoring and mentoring program designed for first and second graders in local elementary schools. Those receiving their pins were (l-r top row) Brett Bednorz, Sky Bennett, John McNabb, Nick Santillo, Xavier Anderson, Hudson Fremont and Matthew Marcus.

The Academy provides five local elementary schools with four to five cadets, four days a week, to tutor and mentor at-risk first and second grade students in reading.

SAR Award

Mr. William Hay, local president of the Sons of the American Revolution chapter recently presented General Wayne E. Rollings and the Marine Military Academy with an award for excellence in flying the United States flag.

Receiving the award are (l-r) SgtMaj Ford Kinsley, the Academy Sergeant Major, Mr. Charles F. (Monte) Catterlin, Mr. Hay and Major General Wayne E. Rollings, USMC (Ret), President of the Marine Military Academy.

Rock Climbing Club

The MMA Rock Climbing Club traveled to Continental Ranch near Del Rio, Texas on the weekend of 16-17 February.

Cadets Stefan Kelly, Ryan Duggans, David Pax, Vince Simmons and Andrew Amason, along with GySgt Raul Garcia and Maj. Harold Compton, enjoyed a weekend of primitive camping and climbing along the Pecos River.

For cadets Duggans, Pax and Amason, this was their first climb other than on the MMA climbing wall and they were treated to some thrilling 70 foot routes.

All five cadets successfully completed top rope climbs on two routes, Straight Arrow and Mister Access, rated 5.8 and 5.7.

For those new climbers, this was quite an accomplishment. Following their climbing and hike back to the campground, the club members enjoyed an evening of open fire cooking and talking about the day’s events before retiring to their sleeping bags under the West Texas stars.

Academy Mid-Term Enrollment Up

With a flurry of last-minute signings, 82 new cadets enrolled at MMA during mid-term of the 2001-2002 school year.

On 2 February, in front of an audience of parents, friends, MMA trustees and staff, a parade was held on the Iwo Jima parade grounds where the plebes received their Marine Corps emblem for their covers. Upon placing the emblem on their covers, the entire plebe class recited the Cadet Creed.

The Crucible, which is traditionally held the night before plebe graduation, was once again postponed due to inclement weather. It was rescheduled for Friday night, 8 February.

“We had another successful Crucible,” stated SgtMaj Ford Kinsley, the Sergeant Major of the Academy. “Everyone made it through, and I don’t think anyone had any trouble falling asleep!”

On his successful completion of plebe training, Cadet Jose A. Barrientos, a sophomore from Santa Ana, California and son of Mr. Jose M. Barrientos stated, “I am proud of myself for finishing because I didn’t think I could do it. I have more self confidence and feel more responsible.” He added “the first two weeks were difficult because they were on my case, but as soon as things clicked, it got easier and everyone lightened up.”

When asked about MMA, Cadet Barrientos said “this is the right place for me. You learn to depend on yourself and no one else. It has helped me develop skills to meet the challenges of life ahead.”

Leadership in Action

In the course of his recent State of the Union address, President Bush praised the actions of our security forces in Bosnia who, on September 27, foiled a terrorist plot against the Free World.

Captain Vincent Yznaga, who is currently on leave of absence from his position as history teacher here, was a leader in that counterterrorist action.

Capt Yznaga is currently commanding C Company, 3/141 Infantry, which is part of the Army National Guard’s Task Force Courage currently serving with SFOR forces in Bosnia.

MMA Selected for Educational Study

Seventeen students from MMA were selected by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002.

This is a national study of students, their parents and school staff, examining how family, community, school and classroom factors influence educational outcomes. The study examines the relationship between early high school experiences and students’ subsequent educational experiences in high school and beyond.

Topics included in the ELS:2002 were educational activities, aspirations, college awareness, computer and Internet use, math ability and reading ability.

Followup with students and school administrators will take place in 2004, with the results on national and regional findings available during the summer of 2003.


The MMA soccer season came to a close on 26 January as the Leathernecks traveled to Dallas, Texas to face Trinity Christian Academy in the Bi-District playoffs.

Unfortunately, the Leathernecks were outmanned and outplayed in the first half and saw themselves down 6-0 and a man short, following a player ejection for misconduct.

At half-time, the players steeled themselves for a fight and took the field with a sense of urgency.

Hard play and strong defense were apparent, as two MMA players were injured during the second half and had to be replaced.

Playing a man short challenged the team and they displayed aggressive play, while giving up only one goal. The final score: Trinity Christian - 7, MMA - 0.


The Marine Military Academy swim team competed recently in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state swim meet at Texas A&M in College Station.

The MMA swim team competed with 63 other schools in the state meet. Most swimmers swam personal bests in their events during the tournament, showing good improvement from last year.

The state meet consists of preliminaries in the morning, with those making the finals swimming again in the afternoon.

The following swimmers who competed in preliminaries were Cesar Barba, Ignacio Lopez, Louis Harrington, Evan Howington, Alex Hutchinson and Keith Allen.

All the swimmers except Allen were able to advance to finals in at least one event. Allen swam in the 50 free, along with Howington, Barba and Lopez. This is an extremely popular and competitive event and while MMA swimmers swam good times, none advanced in this event.

The finals results were as follows

200 Medley - 7th place: Barba, Howington, Hutchinson, Harrington
200 IM - 8th place: Harrington
100 Fly - 7th place: Howington; 1st alternate: Barba (ninth place)
200 Free - Hutchinson: 1st alternate (ninth place)
200 free relay - 5th place: Lopez, Hutchinson, Harrington, Howington
100 backstroke - 1st alternate: Harrington (ninth place)


The MMA Fighting Leathernecks basketball team concluded a rebuilding season Tuesday night, January 28th, at Brownsville St. Joseph’s Academy.

The Leathernecks fought hard all the way, but ran out of time before they could call timeout to try and get the steal for a game winning basket.

The loss marked the end of a season which saw great strides in growth within the team, both in skills and teamwork.

Early in the season, the young squad showed its lack of varsity experience, and teammwork was often eschewed for individual play.

The last several weeks of the season showed a marked improvement in the group, and the Leathernecks proved to be a formidible and respectable opponent in each game.

Having only one player returned from last season’s State Championship team and the only player with any varsity experience, the Leathernecks struggled through the season against teams with more experience.

With the season behind them, the young Leatherneck squad can now shift its focus to building on experience and skills for next season. The core of the team is sophomores and juniors, so the next few years hold promise of a greatly improved MMA team.

VISA Basketball

The Marine Military Academy VISA Basketball team concluded another successful basketball season, finishing with a second place (5-3)standing, falling just short of first behind Calvary Christian of Harlingen.

On Saturday, 9 February 2002 MMA hosted the valleywide VISA Basketball tournament. The Leathernecks opened against Livingway in the JV Gym.

MMA placed third in the tournament, playing against numerous private schools from across the Valley.

The team was coached by MGySgt Michael Krauss, GySgt Frank Martinez, LtCol Gary Andresen and cadet James Jacobson.

Special thanks go out to Mrs. Andresen and the coaches for a job well done during the tournament.

The VISA track team is already gearing up for the upcoming track season, which will conclude with a “marathon” track meet held at Bowman Stadium.


On February 8, 2002, four of the MMA Leatherneck Judo players participated in the Texas State Senior Championship Judo Tournament in Dallas, Texas.

This tournament is for Black Belt (Shodan) rank and above or those contestants that show exceptional promise and have been authorized “capable” to participate by a certified Judo instructor and Black Belt or above.

This tournament was a state sanctioned tournament and one that is the feeder for all 50 states to the National Senior Championships to be held on April 13, 2002 in Ohio.

Of the MMA team, Cadet Sean DuBose is a Black Belt and the other cadets participating are all cadets that show exceptional promise and were signed off as capable to participate against Black Belts.

Cadets participating were: Sean DuBose, Rob Fischer, Bannon Lomonquahua and Jacob Richardson. Coaching mat side was Sensi Charles Robertson.

Upon arrival at the tournament, the local high school ROTC organization did not show up to present the colors so the Tournament Director asked MMA to present the colors. The team practiced in the hall and within 20 minutes had the presentation down and the colors were presented by MMA, with DuBose leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cadets Richardson and Lomonquahua fought two very hard matches and placed 4th in their weight catagories. Due to this being a Senior tournament, these cadets fought adult men aged 22-32 in their division and certainly held their own!

Cadet Fischer faced two very difficult matches and placed 3rd (Bronze medal). He went up against players between 18-27 and fought extremely hard.

Cadet DuBose faced four very tough matches and placed 1st (gold) in his division. He had 3 wins 1 loss and had to do a play off for the gold. Each match went the required 5 minutes and went into a point situation. The decision was 3-0 in favor of DuBose. He played players 18-27 and his play off match came down to a decision between himself and a player 10 years his senior.

The Texas High School Championships are set for February 23,2002.

The MMA team did extremely well and should be complimented on their performance.

Where are they now?


Dave Dickerson - 766 Silverberry Ln, Golden, CO 80401; (303) 528-0762; (ddickerson@fd2s.com); w/wife Jody= 2 boys, 4 & 2- crazy bout planes, made Halloween outfit as Blue Angel & F/A-18 & don’t want to take off except to eat; business: Co-partner in marketing comm. & design firm in Denver, 40 employees, offices in Denver, Austin, Houston- much in aerospace & architecture w/projects in Brazil, Tokyo & Okinawa- specializing in new product launches, airliners to jets & helicopters- best part: “I still get to fly”. “From small problems to large, there almost isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use some of the leadership skills & lessons taught at MMA. Always proud to read how well so many of classmates are doing. Seeing the high levels of success so many have achieved, is a strong testament of what MMA has taught us. The older I get, the more I realize how critical those high school days were in laying the foundation for a happy & successful life. Count me in for the 30th Reunion.” His firm’s website is fd2s.com (MMA is proud of you Dave.)


John Wilson - 1019B Barn Oak Ct, Conyers, GA 30012; (678) 467-6222; (Rockys2Atlanta@aol.com); medically retired f/USMC ’83, total deaf left ear; served in Lebanon, Gulf War, Somalia; after acdu- got in Architecture field, works f/group of Engrs; will be helping local MCJROTC rifle & drill teams.

Rick Hawkins - 224 E. Lark St, McAllen TX 78504; (956)-686-3011; (rhawkins@spenceconcrete.com); one of 3 ’74 Bn Cmdrs; kept busy in concrete business; Dad helped ’74 Sr project putting in concrete sidewalk to Hqs; wife Nancy & 3 boys; expected at Reunion 2002.


Chuck Lambert - 1507 Dills Creek Ln, Morehead City,NC 28557; (252)-240-2451); (cllambert@coastalnet.com); several inquiries of Chuck’s address, including Coach tom Morton, so here tis for everyone.


LtCol Tom Quintero USMC - 166 Olde Concord Rd, Stafford, VA 22554; (540) 659-7002; (QuinteroTA@mcsc.usmc.mil) or (Qballs@gte.net); ’77 BnCmdr; USNA grad; “Going to MMA web site, surprised, discovered how school has grown. Can’t begin to tell you how much positive influence the MMA had upon my life. I would not be where I am today without the support all of you provided. I am at a turning point in my life. In may 2002 I will be officially retired from Marine Corps- a difficult decision. I have been in military environment since I was 12. I’m married & have a beautiful 2 yr old- Jesse. I’m looking for a job in TX, in information technology. I plan on making it to the Reunion April 5-7.


Gus Anderson - emails: (gusand@usa.net) & (Andersonga@fmfeur.naples.navy.mil.


Joaquin Arguelles - 2370 SW 122 Ct, Miami FL 33175; (305) 220-2276; (tutor@miamitutor.com); wife Becky, 2 children; 13 yrs as univ. level math, physics & statistics tutor & statistician, 9-10 hrs per day at local universities; has own website- does statistics for clients all over USA; “Life is hectic.” Doc Hockaday no doubt helped Joaquin at MMA.

Fernando Farias - 1001 So 10th St, Ste G, PMB 273, McAllen TX 78501; (gtimex@avantel.net); office in McAllen, home in Mexico; wife Rosi, 3 children; hopes to make Reunion 5-7 April.


SgtMaj Dale Knutson USMC - 363 Broken Fence Dr, Medina, OH 44256-3308; (760)-368- 1880; (KNUTSONSD760@AOL.COM); “Finishing tour as Recruiting Station Sgt Maj & MAKING PLANS FOR REUNION 2002. Will be nice before retirement in Aug 2002. This yr I will be bringing my family to the Valley so they can see where I “Grew up”. Dale was at Reunion 2000 also. Looking forward to seeing you Dale.

David Hankins - 3114 Denton Rd, Canton, MI 48188; (734)-495-9239; (dhankins@bayelectric.com); “I plan on being there in April for Reunion. Wish I could have been there for B’day Ball. Hard to believe its been 24 yrs since we won that championship game at Boggus Stadium.” Bn Cmdr of ’80.

Kirk Jackson - Married with three children, Lathan, Tasha and Anthony.

Jon Allred - 3700 Rosebriar Ln, Colleyville, TX 76034; (918)-485-7863; (jallred2@airmail.net); asked for changed email address on Gus Anderson.


Kevin Jackson - 18523 Crownover Ct, Dallas, TX 75252; (214)-596-7880; (kjackson@experio.com); is Director, Business Development, Experio Solutions, a Hitachi Co- Knowledge Driven Consulting firm. Joined them after having sold business back in 1996, the 4th largest minority owned company in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Has three sons, Ethan 12, Rian, 10, and Corey 8. Is playing the piano now (one year), learning French(two years), and golf handicap was as low as a 10! Try all that and have a job and a family! Has been an avid martial artist for years and now has 4 different black belts.

Gil Gilliam - 8234 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64131; (913)-488-4455; (gilgilliam@kc.rr.com); National Merit Scholarship finalist & appt to USNA, Class of ’85; 3 yrs USNA; enlisted USMC- 14 mo night school earned degree at National U; reenlisted & lined up for OCS & injured- parachute failure- medical discharge, could not get back on acdu for Desert Storm; telecom job w/Sprint in PA, managed internal data netrworks & desktops; ’95 started first consumer ISP- internal business, later Sprint Internet Passport: managed several projects; now, doing software business development & own start-up; free time sailing, writing screen plays-getting in shape for rugby again- played 3 yrs for CamLej.

LtCol Pat Redmon USMC - 4217 Avon Dr, Montclair, VA 22026; (703)-580-8417; (redmonpl@mccdc.usmc.mil); wife Judy added a girl, Olivia, to Redmon family, born 14Nov as Pat predicted. Msg passed on to Mickie Pickens, who said: “Looks like her mother- Thank God. :-)”

John McCoy - 6505 Marsol #244, Mayfield Hts, OH 44124; (440)446-1741; ( jmccoy@oh.buric.com); buying a “brick” in memory of Dad, Iwo vet, trying to bring Dale Hellestrae, Tim Schernborn, Pat Redmon & others down to MMA on a special date.


Bill Clark - 16554 Blanco Key, San Anton TX 78247; (wclark1739@yahoo.com); “Can’t believe its been 20 yrs since graduating. Will be at Reunion 5-7Apr.”

Bayard (Earl) Pickett - PO Box 267, Goldenrod, FL 32733-0267; (407) 657-5383; (dcfadmin@bellsouth.net); change of address. Will try to make Reunion.

Jimmy Humason - 112 Oleander, Lake Jackson, TX 77566; (GunnyJHumason@computron.net); busy-bee, Pres Tx Assoc of Retired Marines, arranging meetings w/prominent guest speakers like former MC Cmdts, auctions; active in MC reserves, Marine Corps League, work, family, etc..

LCDR Joe Spegele USN - Unit 25061, CC67, FPO AP 96601-4307; (g7n62@stennis.navy.mil); brother of LtCol John Spegele USMC(ret), working in London England; Joe ha sbeen deployed off Pakistan coast in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom”, as Chief Informatin Officer for the Stennis Battle Group, Cmdr Carrier Group Seven Staff. John & Joe both USN grads.


Brian Loewecke - 433 Marlin Ln, Keller TX 76248; (817) 431-9656; (loewecke@charter.net)- email change; Tech Opns, Delta Air, DFW; wife Elizabeth & 2 children


Chris Wisnoski - 10808 A Lambert Cir, Austin, TX 78758-7830; (512) 834- 7830; (Nitachris1@aol.com); working f/Xetel Corp- computer related business.

Jim Boyle - 607 Bentwood Dr, Covington, LA 70433; (985) 893-1898; (jamesboyle@yahoo.com) or (northshoretax@yahoo.com); home phone: (985)-893-7011; working w/Garrety & Assoc., CPA firm in Baton Rouge.

Lt John Zuhowski USN - 1583 Somersby Ln, Virginia Beach, VA 23456; (757) 430-6193; ( beatarmy91@cox.net); grad of USNA; Cmdr of USS Shamal; one of several MMA Alumni contacts on East Coast; has change of email address- note “beatarmy” still stays the same.


Ed Smith - H(719)-227-7931) W(719)-499-3357; (EdSmith@stewart.com); Matt Watkins got him to send info; works w/Title Co in Colorado Springs, bus: develop/marketing dept working w/commercial realtor, builders & financial institutions; ’92 grad SoTX State w/BA in Journalism/Advertising; worked in Houston in advertising & writer & Sr copy chief; ’99 opened Orvis store in CO & guide both in fly fishing & bird hunting- also use w/clients; single; homeowner; 3 German pointers as roommates he trained; sponsored road cyclists racing team in Houston & currently training w/same coaching team as Lance Armstrong.

Ben Uresti - 3848 Habersham, Schertz TX 78154; (210)-658-4533; (buresti@ev.net); Ben dropped in for a visit mid-Jan & amazed at changes.

Don Fly - 848 Yale-Apt 11, Houston TX 77007; (713) 868- 1255; (dfly@wm.com); Analyst w/Waste Mgmt Inc; working on a strategy develop. project & on the road till mid-July.

Scott Copenhaver - 2622 Stone Pine Ct, Harlingen, TX 78550; (956)-425-8165) (scopenhaver@msn.com); assisting in bringing in Class of ’87 to Reunion.

Ricardo van Wielink - (998)-881-5800 ext 326); ( Rvan@allegroair.com.mx); working Subdirector in Cancum Mexico resort; doing OK despite 9/11; bought 1,000 sq mtrs land & will build shortly; 3 children & expecting.


Stefan Wisnoski - (704)-643-4152; (go2stefan@yahoo.com); married, 2 children; recently opened own business in Charlotte, NC- called “Tribal Journeys”.

Oliver Castillo - 121 168th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 19008; (ocastillo52@msn.com)- 3.5 yrs at MMA; working on BA in Economics at U of Washington; tried helping recruit a Russian boy into MMA.

Derick Williams - 6619 Robin Rd, Dallas 75209-5322; (214)-522-8826; (derick.williams@agedwards.com); working w/investments at AG Edwards; looking for some former classmates- even gave WES his choice investment.

Homer Gonzalez - 19011 E. Hollow Creek Dr, Parker, CO 80134; (303)-840-7187; (hgonzalez3@hotmail.com); from MMA to West Pt (Brad Hawkins & Tim Holmes there too)- USA officer- engr degree; duty in Germany Ft Lewis WA (caught up w/Ranger Mike Lawrence, Plt Cmdr)& Ft Hood TX; Army schools: Airborne, Air Assault, Sapper, Ranger, Cmd Svcs.


Matt Watkins - (CLIENTELE@webtv.net)- passed on his new email address & asked for Scott Copenhaver’s email. Matt will be in rehab for 9 months.

Homer Gonzalez - 19011 E. Hollow Creek Dr, Parker, CO 80134; (303)-840-7187; (hgonzalez3@hotmail.com); from MMA to West Pt (Brad Hawkins & Tim Holmes there too)- USA officer- engr degree; duty in Germany Ft Lewis WA (caught up w/Ranger Mike Lawrence, Plt Cmdr)& Ft Hood TX; Army schools: Airborne, Air Assault, Sapper, Ranger, Cmd Svcs Staff School, Engr Off Advanced Course, U of MO- got Masters Degree; left Army as Capt, job w/Nextel Comm in Denver in ’99; joined with 15 West Pointers in Broadband Comm Co; now a Network Architect f/Level 3; “My career continues to progress at a rapid pace”; single- looking; emails w/Jacien Carr; will make an effort to get to MMA Reunion. Quite a career.

Jose Angel Cantu - Abasolo 851-A, Centro Monterrey, N.L. 64000; 83-42-15-19; ( josecantu@hotmail.com); 2 yr cadet- “I’m very proud of being part of MMA. Its given me a lot of open doors in life, a good reputation & goo memories.”; grad of U of Monterrey ’92, lawyer since ’96, own business litigating civil cases; owns business w/live music, 5,000 people on wkend; opening Bar-Rio Antiguo in Reynosa & another franchise in Guadalajara; also has Valet Parking service business; married 4 yrs w/two children. Jose is doing very well.


Michael Brosang - 298 Hickory, Bullard, TX 75757; (903) 894- 7533; (MichaelBrosang@aol.com); address & phone change.

Jeffrey Hammad - (832)-676-1805; ( jeffrey.hammad@elpaso.com); 4 yrs USMC as TOW Tech; BBA in MIS fr U of Houston in 3.5 yrs; fortunate to leave Enron in time; now working f/El Paso Energy.


Robert Rogers - 330 Darby Trails, Sugar Land, TX 77479; (281) 494-0925;(trrogers@mindspring.com); emailed for password & to pass on info on Ivan Radcliff ’93, being interviewed on TV regards his competing in the Olympics in Bobsled competition.


Paul Ashley - 2001 Hunter Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709; (714)-524-5699; no email; passed his new address & wanted on mailing list.


Ivan Radcliff - 11803 Acadian, Houston TX 77099; (281)-568-9774; 4 yr cadet, great athlete, a yr college football Iowa State, then to Harvard where he caught the eye of an Irish bobsled pilot, then much time in Utah training for 2002 Olympics Bobsled Team; “It was a great experience. I wouldn’t pass it up for the world”, Ivan says of MMA. Very busy training & traveling in USA & Europe for the Olympics. A proud Mom, encourages him on.

John Welsh - 2315 Mimosa Dr #4. Houston. TX 77019; (JohnW@fbbh.com); called Fern Ovenden, emailed Lori Murray, fwd emailed msg to GySki, who fwd email to Alumni Affairs; expects to graduate from law school in May & sit for the bar in July; will be at ’93 reunion; “Hello” to Col Hastings.

Captain Spencer Padgett, USMC - 602 Puritan Ct, Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 571-1980; (padgettsl@mbw.usmc.mil); wife Melody and son Charlie. “I am where I am today because of the opportunities and leadership education MMA gave me.” Currently stationed at 8th & I and is enjoying marching as the Parade Adjudant in Evening/Sunset parades. Spencer Padgett continued - Also serves as the logistics officer for the Marine Corps Institute. Was stationed at Camp Lejeune for 3 years and was able to deploy to Kosovo, Albania, Israel and many other Meditteranean destinations. “I’ve got a great wife and a new son. Life’s great - thanks, MMA!” Adds “wife always wearing his old MMA shirts so MMA always on his mind. Anyone from MMA in DC during summer, drop him a line & he’ll fix em up w/great seats f/Evening Parade.”

Jaime Ortiz - (velasartesanales@hotmail)- from Mexico City, asks if anyone has extra Year Books for SY 91, 92 or 93, years he attended MMA.


Robert Balgac - 16418 Olc Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727; (310)- 447-3135; (robert_balgac@yahoo.com); originally from Belgrade, Yugoslavia; “Gen Glasgow gave me an opportunity to start my new my new life in the United States. MMA was the start.” SgtMaj Gilmore was also a great help.

Zack Bradford - (zachary.bradford@sba.gov)- moving, working f/SBA Disaster Assistance in Ft Worth as loan officer, help victims of Trop. Storm Allison in June- “I truly enjoy helping people in their time of need, it is truly gratifying. I attended Alumni Reunion last yr & had a blast. Planning to attend this yr.”


Jose A Vazquez - Av.3 Poniente 1712, Puebla 72000, Mexico; 52-222-2424367; (josealbertovazquez@yahoo.com); MMA grad; grad Embry-Riddle Aero U w/BS Aero Science, 2minors- safety & Air Traffic Control- licensed aviator; flew f/Virgin Express, Brussels; now in Mexico revalidating & expect to fly commercially. emailed- need for academic transcripts.


A1C Adam W. Hall USAF -(adam.hall@salem.af.mil)


PFC Alvie Jones USA - (LtBuzSaw@aol.com); sent msg to former teacher, Col Fritz Hastings; stationed at Ft Sill, OK- in field artillery; says “Hi- to everyone back at the ranch (MMA), asked his email passed around to everyone & would love to hear from them.”


Kent Mercadante - 1711 Glennview Dr, Alvin TX 77511; (832) 647-2696; ( Perkadan@hotmail.com); left The Citadel & worked f/mortgage co- Customer Svcs Coord.; started own company, KSM Inc doing various volunteer work projects (832)385-8108.


The Academy has received word that George E. Dodge, class of ‘69, recently passed away.

Dodge, born in Charleston, South Carolina and living in Lubbock, was a plank owner and served in the United States Army, retiring as a major in 1995.

He was teaching college at West Texas A&M University in Canyon and was writing his thesis on leadership at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Anne and five sons; his father, Robert Sayer; and a sister.

His family can be contacted at 4316 57th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79413

The Academy sends its sincerest condolences to his family.

Hello from Ali Al-Salem AB Kuwait - A Letter from an Alumnus

Dear Mr. Thacker,

Well, here I am in the desert again. Last year it was Saudi Arabia, now it is Kuwait.

We were in Germany livin’ it up but that all changed on Christmas eve. We packed our stuff and got on planes and landed here on Christmas day. Instead of good beer and Bratwurst, our unit was given tents for Christmas.

Being in the Air Force, we are more accustomed to checking into the Hilton rather that putting up tents. No one in our unit had the foggiest idea about tying knots, except me.

I just wanted to write and say thank you for making me carry that piece of string to and from Mariners class everyday. I shined when we were putting up those tents and that is because of you.

Everyone here sure appreciates your dedication to teaching, because they have a sturdy tent over their head.

Hope all is well at the Academy and Semper FI.

A1C Adam W. Hall USAF
MMA Class of 1998


REUNION 2002 on 5-7 APRIL -

This Reunion is for ALL Alumni, regardless of class year. All mix well. But, it is special for classes ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87 & ‘’92, commemorating their 10th anniversary in increments up through 35th anniversary. Its time to muster and see old buddies, relive the past fond memories, BS one another, exaggerate, tell the sea-stories, recall things forgotten and laugh like hell. The biggest bang is just watching alumni meeting each other after decades, hugging each other and hearing what they say about one another. It is special.

Last 2 reunions been fantastic. Good turnouts- full wkend full of fun & laughter. Class of ’81 had 23 present, over 100 Alumni, even 4 PGs over the weekend. A full schedule. You won’t believe the campus if you haven’t been here for a while. It still turns out a fine product we are proud of and America needs our product: leaders, achievers, winners. Come meet MGen Rollings- you’ll be impressed.

Info on Reunion- schedule & registration form has been mailed to all good Alumni addresses. In addition, you can register on the MMA web site, just go to: mma-tx.org & click “Alumni”, then “Reunion 2002 Info”, then “online registration”. You must have Internet Explorer 4.0 to use this method.

We have a great “O” course, physical challenging set-up + rappelling tower. Still here are Mickie Pickens, Paula, Fern, GySki, Mary Riciarrdi, Lori Murray, Jim Handy, the barber & others. And all the Mortons are here, except big Jim, of course.

Everyone needs to register, indicating events participating in. If attending the Alumni dinner Sat 6Apr, please send check ($16) in advance or with Registration Form. This will help in knowing how many to prepare dinner for.

This is the WEEKEND FOR ALUMNI- honoring Alumni. Birthday Ball weekend is crowded with parents & friends. Reunion is time especially for Alumni- YOU.

Any questions? Need info? email: alumni@mma-tx.org or wisnoski@mma-tx.org or flores@mma-tx.org; Phone: (956) 423-6006 ext 361, 607 or 236. W.E.S home email: Billandmar@aol.com - Phone: (956) 425-7686

Major events:

Fri 5Apr- Registration; Rifle Range; Alumni Speakers to Cadets; Evening Parade; Photos at Iwo statue; Reception- President’s Qtrs
Sat 6Apr- Continental Breakfast; Business Meeting; Alumni/Cadet Softball Game; Rappelling Tower-”O” Course; Dinner Party- Harlingen Country Club
Sun 7Apr- Brunch- Messhall; Paint Ball/Recon War- Alumni & Cadets


LtCol Robert J. Allen
LtCol Robert R. Ayres, USMC (Ret) - Distinguished Flying Cross recipient
John Barna - former Marine
Leona Brendel
Lela D. Du Pre
Lt Bob Euler, USMCR
Helen Hobbs
Mrs. Myrtle Mason
MSgt Edward F. Potkonski, USMC (Ret)
Maj Larry Robinson, USMC - KIA RVN, ‘69
Capt Robert J. Shirk, USMC
Mrs. Joyce Wilson
Mrs. Jane C. Yeckel

A Gift was made In Honor of Mr. Charles A. Ringler

Generous Donation Received From Organization

Director of Development, Col Tom Hobbs gratefully accepts a check from Mr. Bill Ressler, a member of the F-2-2 Marine Veterans organization.

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