Name: Clayton Nelson
Rank: Delta Company Commander
Hometown: Franksville, Wisconsin
At MMA Since: August 2020
Activities at MMA: JROTC Raiders, Rifle Team, Bagpipes, Triumph Program (Classes at William Woods), National Honor Society, Delta Phi Honor Society, Railsplitters
Hobbies: Reading, bagpiping, playing games (card games, board games, video games), shooting, solving puzzles.
Favorite Book: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Favorite Movie: The Court Jester
Favorite Band: My Darkest Days
Favorite Food in Mess Hall: Pork Chops
Plan After Graduation: I will continue to improve my bagpiping and shooting skills and attend a prestigious university majoring in intelligence, security, and diplomacy. My long-term plan includes joining the family business and helping to expand its international presence.
Why did you enroll at MMA? I attended military academy in junior high and I missed the structure and wanted a chance to improve my leadership capabilities.
Why do you now attend MMA? I want to build on my current leadership skills with new experiences and lead by example to help mold my cadets into better citizens both inside and outside the academy.
What is the most important thing you have learned so far at MMA? Resiliency and how to become an effective leader.
What advice do you have for new cadets? Embrace the core values that you are taught here because they will enable you to be successful both here at MMA and in all of your future endeavors.
Is there anything you want other cadets to know about you? Last year I was in a lesser leadership role, but I was told I was fair and effective. As a company commander, I will be strict but fair. If you do what is expected of you, adhere to the standard, and uphold the core values, we will have a great year.
Cadet company commanders work closely with company leadership advisors and the cadet battalion commander. In addition to looking after the welfare of all cadets in their company, they are responsible for ensuring the cadets in their company abide by Academy rules, regulations, customs, and traditions. They establish company performance goals and takes appropriate action to ensure their accomplishment, and they supervise, counsel, and train cadet company executive officers, first sergeants, and platoon leaders. Finally, they must exercise direct command and control over the company at all formations, ceremonies, activities, and events.