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MMA Seniors Raising Dollars and Awareness for Wounded Vets

On May 4-5, 42 Missouri Military Academy seniors and 10 adult chaperones will march to benefit a foundation that raises funds for critically wounded soldiers. The theme of the hike is “We March For Those Who Can’t.”

Executive Officer Lt. Col. Jim Medley announced last week that this year’s Senior Bivouac (Senior Hike) will be completed in honor of severely wounded veterans. The participants will hike 7 kilometers while wearing t-shirts purchased from Nine Line, a charity that sells t-shirts and apparel to raise funds to assist severely wounded veterans after they return from service.

Buy a t-shirt: www.ninelineapparel.com.

On May 9 (the date was chosen to represent the Nine Line Foundation) MMA faculty, staff, and cadets will wear the Nine Line Foundation t-shirts on campus.

The group, composed by members of the class of 2013 and several of their adult advisors, will hike the Cedar Creek Trail area of the Mark Twain National Forest. The trip is a final bonding experience for the 42 boys who will graduate from MMA in May and head off to colleges and universities in several countries. To date, this group has earned more than $2 million in college scholarships.Nineline Foundation logo

Nine Line Foundation is an organization that works to raise awareness of the harsh circumstances our severely injured service members face once their life threatening injuries are stabilized, and provide help on an individual basis. This includes providing lodging and transportation for loved ones to provide support during yearlong rehabilitations, raising money for tuition to send the children of soldiers to college, and retrofitting their homes to become handicap accessible.

In the military, the term Nine Line represents a request for help. These nine separate lines transmitted over a radio are often the difference between life and death, requesting the immediate evacuation of wounded soldiers from the battle field. The Nine Line Foundation’s mantra is “No Mission Denied.”

For more information about the Nine Line Foundation, visit the nonprofit’s website at www.ninelinefoundation.com.

Alumni Relive Memories on MMA Campus

Home is where the heart is.  Those feelings were expressed by nearly 200 MMA alumni who returned to Mexico, Mo. for the school’s Homecoming celebration Sept. 28-30.  Alumni from as far back as the 1940s came from near and far to visit the school that was once – and possibly still is – a home away from home.

Friday – First Glimpses of Campus

Homecoming events kicked off Friday morning at the Mexico Country Club.  About 15 alums took an early weekend and enjoyed a scramble golf tournament accompanied by a luncheon.  The competitive atmosphere continued to the soccer field Friday afternoon, as a handful of alums challenged the varsity soccer team on the pitch but fell 4-2 to the cadets.

After a busy afternoon of athletics and competition, alumni were treated to a special Homecoming Review.  Alumni were invited to inspect the cadets along with MMA president, Mr. Charles A. McGeorge.  The long line of alumni spanned Colonels Field as they trooped the line.  The alumni were also invited to take part in the presentation of rings to MMA senior cadets.  Many said they were honored to be a part of this significant moment. The day concluded with some socializing at the Mexico Country Club for the Alumni Barbeque.

Alumni were invited to “troop the line” with President McGeorge and former Alumni Association president Dave Telford ’65.  (Photo by Taps editor Dillion Brown-Dawson ’14)

Saturday – A Day of Honor and Remembrance

Saturday was a day of recognition and appreciation for many of MMA’s alums.  The day began with the fifth annual donor breakfast, held in Barnard Hall.  After updating the donors on the progress MMA has seen in the last year, Mr. McGeorge and Director of Advancement Dan Fowler presented donors with awards to thank them for their generous contributions.

PHOTOS:  Check out all the festivities from Homecoming Weekend

Many of Saturday’s events brought everyone to Colonels Field, beginning with a dress parade.  Similar to a review, the dress parade was the first at MMA in recent memory.  Following the parade was the alumni drilldown, during which alums headed to the field to see just how much they remember from their time at MMA.  Paul Petit ’85 of Mission, Texas won the drilldown. The ten best alums then squared off against the ten best current cadets in the sweepstakes drill, with Carlos Anda ’95 (center below) winning the event.

Academy executive officer LTC Jim Medley keeps an eye on alumni during the drilldown competition.  (Photo by Eagle reporter Blake Gorman ’13)

After some time at Colonels Field, attendees headed to the Centennial Gymtorium for the Alumni Awards Convocation.  George Cline ’46, although not able to attend, was presented with the LTC Paul Gillette ’70 Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognizing him for his past contributions and dedication to MMA.  The school also recognized two donors for achieving a lifetime giving milestone.  Former president and alumnus Charles R. Stribling, III ’44 and his wife Winnie became members of the Legacy Society for their contributions, and R. Stribling Koster and his wife Janie were added to the 1889 Society for their giving.

Alumni then joined cadets by falling into formation and marching to noon mess, with several former band members picking up instruments and playing alongside members of the MMA band. This was yet another chance to relive their MMA experience. After sharing more memories about the mess hall from their days at MMA, the alums made their way back to Colonels Field for the Homecoming football game against Central High School (Kansas City).  Despite a defeat on the football field, many alumni recalled their athletic days during the game. During halftime of the football game, Charlie Company accepted the plaque for the Barracks Decorating Contest for the second year in a row, as judged by the alumni wives.

Alumni joined the mess formation and found themselves back in the role they had while at MMA.

Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Terry Logue ’72 and outgoing Alumni Association president Dave Telford ’65 also announced the induction of the undefeated, state runner-up 1992 MMA tennis team.  Because Walt Diehl, the coach in 1992, was unable to attend Homecoming, Logue and Telford accepted the award on his behalf.

Hats, t-shirts, and jackets flew off the shelves at the Quartermaster’s souvenir tent as alums were eager to show their support once again.  The cool, crisp fall weather made for a very pleasant afternoon of football.

Saturday concluded with a dinner and dance at the Mexico Elks Lodge.  Former MMA Alumni Association president Telford, of Omaha, Neb., installed Jesus Soriano ’82, of O’Fallon, Mo. as the 2012-2013 president of the association for the next year.

The Class of 1992 proudly accepted the Class of ’55 plaque for attendance and philanthropy, raising the most contributions during Homecoming weekend.

Sunday – Wrapping Up the Weekend

On Sunday, Soriano was honored as the new MMA Alumni Association President during Review.  One unique part of this year’s Homecoming festivities included a review at the Mexico, Mo. community’s local festival, Walk Back in Time, at the Audrain County Historical Society.  Cadets showcased the review to community members and veterans.

Veterans of the community were invited to ‘troop the line’ at review during Sunday’s “Walk Back in Time” event at the Audrain County Historical Society.  (Photo by Taps editor Dalton Blackwell ’14)

Tom Reynolds ’61 of Bellefontaine, Ohio was the alumni speaker at evening Vespers.

Many alumni stayed for the duration of Homecoming and took part in events that jogged their memories of their days at MMA.  Some came from nearby Mexico, Mo., and others came from as far as Thailand.  They shared laughs, their MMA pride, took time to honor other alums, and even had a few tears.  But perhaps most importantly, they were able to return to a place many still consider a second home.

Roberts, Smalley Both Headed to U.S. Air Force Academy

Not one, but two Missouri Military Academy seniors will pack their belongings for a move to Colorado Springs, Colorado this summer.  Jared Roberts ’12 of Springboro, Ohio and Landon Smalley ’12 of Derby, Kansas have both been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy.

Roberts and Smalley are scheduled to report at the end of June.

It is a very difficult and arduous process to apply and subsequently be accepted to the academy.  A lengthy application, letters of recommendation from representatives, and an outstanding GPA are just some of the requirements to be fulfilled.

Roberts and Smalley were roommates during their first year at MMA and both had a deep interest in the Air Force Academy.  Roberts says he and Landon were able to motivate each to strive for acceptance to the school.

Roberts received an email acknowledging his acceptance, and Smalley received the news from MMA president MajGen Robert Flanagan.  Roberts had it a little easier than Smalley, as MajGen Flanagan broke the news in a more nerve-wracking manner.  He called Smalley to his office for a meeting with MMA Executive Officer LTC Jim Medley (USAF, retired) and himself and convinced Smalley that he was in some sort of trouble.



Roberts (left) and Smalley (right) receive the news of their appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The act did not last long, however, as MajGen Flanagan and LTC Medley cracked smiles and made him aware of his achievement.

Roberts and Smalley are the second and third cadets in the last three years to be appointed.  Luis Gonzalez ’10 is currently a junior at the Academy.

MajGen Flanagan (left) and LTC Medley (right) tried to pull a fast one on Smalley, but it was hard to resist telling him the good news.