Missouri Military Academy cadets, faculty and staff shared a moment of silence in honor of alumnus Chris Horton ’03, who was killed by enemy fire while serving his country in Afghanistan. The Academy paid tribute to Horton’s service during a special formation on September 12.
Academy President MajGen Robert Flanagan addressed a solemn corps of cadets about Horton’s experience as a cadet and his call to serve his country.
“Today, we think about our fallen comrade, and we think about the values that he had,” said MajGen Flanagan. “Think about your values, where you stand, the decisions you make.”
During the ceremony, cadets fired three volleys in his honor. The American flag was lowered to half staff as bugler John Dillon ’13 played “Taps.” MMA Chaplain the Rev. Randy Sawyer, concluded with a prayer.
Chris Horton was a 6-year cadet at MMA and was a member of Delta Co., serving as the 2nd Platoon Leader his senior year. He was a skilled marksman who was captain of the rifle team. Horton also was an honor roll student who earned Academic Fourragere.
Horton was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the 45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma National Guard, when his unit came under attack on Friday, September 9. He was one of three soldiers killed in the attack.
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