Battalion Commander Michael Machary-Pagan


Name: Michael Prosper Machary-Pagan

Rank: Battalion Commander and Fusileers Drill Team Commander (see duties below)

Hometown: Lake St. Louis, Missouri

At MMA Since: August 2017

Activities at MMA: Soccer, Track, Wrestling, Fusileer Drill Team, JROTC Raiders, Academy Band, Marching Band, Honor Guard, Color Guard, Triumph Program (Classes at William Woods University)

Favorite Book: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Hobbies: Practicing drill sequences, learning a foreign language, and art. 

Favorite Class: Pre-Calculus. I like to learn and discover new skills and use new knowledge to my advantage.

Favorite Food in Mess Hall: There are too many great options to just have one.

Plan After Graduation: Medical School 

Why did you enroll at MMA? To become a better student, to improve my behavior, and build upon my discipline.

Why do you now attend MMA? To help others achieve and strive for excellence.

What is the most important thing you have learned so far at MMA? Being an example for others is the biggest impact you can make on those around you.

What advice do you have for new cadets? Always strive to do your best in every possible situation. Be the kind of cadet that everyone can depend on and the kind of cadet that can help others. Those cadets will always have a place in our Academy.

Is there anything you want other cadets to know about you? I am firm but fair. Don't try to befriend me, but instead earn my respect.

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.


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