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As another year comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the triumphs, milestones, and exceptional achievements that have defined the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in 2023.

Missouri Military Academy Deputy Commandants

From teaching important values to coordinating transportation, from keeping cadets safe to ensuring they are correctly equipped and looking sharp, MMA’s deputy commandants — Deputy Commandant for Support and Quartermaster James Poettker, MMA Class of 2008, and Deputy Commandant for Transportation and Security Jeff Howard — go the extra mile to ensure that cadets are well taken care of.

Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce President Todd Geeson presents the 2023 Commerce and Industry Award to Missouri Military Academy Board of Trustees member Mary Patrick Seigfreid

The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce honored Missouri Military Academy with the 2023 Commerce and Industry Award at the 38th annual Commerce and Industry Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, hosted on MMA's campus. The Mexico Chamber annually presents this award to recognize local organizations for their outstanding civic responsibility and generous contributions to advance the growth and welfare of Mexico, Missouri. 

Missouri Military Academy Color Guard carries the colors during the Senior Review

Missouri Military Academy (MMA) will honor veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice by conducting a military review on Friday, November 10, at 1330 (1:30 p.m.) on Colonels Field. The event is open to the public, and the Academy extends a special invitation for all veterans in the area to attend. 

Missouri Military Academy front campus

On Friday, October 27, 2023, the United States Marine Corps Band will conduct two free performances in Mexico, Missouri. The band will perform at 9 a.m. in Centennial Gymtorium on Missouri Military Academy’s campus. They will then perform at 12:15 p.m. at Mexico High School. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Kemper Military School and College Triumphs at Annual Missouri Tri-Military Shootout

Bringing together alumni competitors from Wentworth Military Academy, Missouri Military Academy (MMA), and Kemper Military School and College, the 2023 Tri-Military Shootout took place on Friday, September 29, held for the second year in a row in conjunction with MMA Homecoming. Kemper Military School and College took home the win . A total of $2,686 was raised from the event, and it is being donated to the MMA Rifle Range Fund.

In Remembrance: 2023 Sunset Silver Taps

During the Sunset Silver Taps ceremony, annually held during Homecoming weekend, Missouri Military Academy honors and remembers those MMA brothers, friends and family members who have passed away during the preceding year. The 2023 ceremony was held on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Miss Missouri Hayley Leach accepts a coin from MMA President Richard V. Geraci

Extending their 53-year partnership, the Miss Missouri scholarship organization  has signed a three-year contract to utilize facilities at Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri, to host their annual competition. MMA helps sponsor the Miss Missouri pageant each year via a special facilities rental rate that enables the Miss Missouri scholarship organization to conduct an orientation on campus in April and conduct the scholarship pageant on campus for a week in June. 

The whole core of what MMA stands for is still there, even after the ups and downs of 130 years. I believe in what they are doing.

Chris Gentry ’88

Alumni News

Missouri Military Academy cadets stand in formation during a military review

When approximately 150 Missouri Military Academy cadet uniforms worth more than $70,000 were affected by smoke and water as a result of the Feb. 3 fire that occurred in the apartment above Nu-Tone, the Academy’s dry-cleaning vendor, local community partners stepped up to help.

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