Name: Marco Afane
Rank: Battalion Commander
Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador
At MMA Since: 2020
Activities at MMA: Soccer, rifle team, tennis, and Future Business Leaders of America.
Favorite book: The Appeal
Hobbies: Gym and bicycling
Favorite class: International Business
Favorite food in mess hall: Buffalo strudel
Plans after graduation: Attend Notre Dame
Why did you enroll at MMA? I wanted a better education for myself.
Why do you now attend MMA? I have a big responsibility in the corps of cadets, and I plan to give MMA the best year possible.
What is the most important thing you have learned so far at MMA? To not give up, to not let mistakes define you and to overcome challenges.
What advice do you have for new cadets? To have respect for others and to aspire to become leaders.
Is there anything you want other cadets to know about you? I am very approachable, but when I am serious about something, it is not the time to joke around.
The battalion commander assumes full responsibility for everything in the corps that is inherent in command. This includes employing staff and commanders to plan, develop, and execute key corps events, such as room inspections, physical training, company competitions, activities calendar, and more; enforcing cadet standards of conduct, including appearance, barracks cleanliness, and traditions; and ensuring all cadets strictly follow the cadet chain of command, including supervising other cadet leadership and conducting weekly cadet staff meetings.
The battalion commander also ensures all members of the corps have an opportunity to develop leadership experience corresponding with their individual abilities, and recommends cadets promotions, demotions, and awards.
Battalion commanders receive and act on guidance from the Commandant of Cadets and keep him informed about general trends involving cadet training, leader development, discipline, morale, health and welfare, concerns, suggestions, problems, and safety. He also serves as the senior member of the cadet honor council.