Battalion Executive Officer and Drill Team Commander Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertruche

Name: Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertruche

Rank: Second Lieutenant 

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

At MMA Since: 8th grade 

Activities at MMA: Soccer, basketball, tennis and Fusileers Drill Team commander

Favorite book: How to Grow Old 

Hobbies: Going to the gym, talking with friends at home and watching movies

Favorite class: Accounting 2

Favorite food in mess hall: Teriyaki chicken 

Plans after graduation: Going to a 4-year college and majoring in agri-business with a minor in business administration 

Missouri Military Academy Fusileers Drill Team

Why did you enroll at MMA? To have discipline, improve my grades and look at my future for college

Why do you now attend MMA? It feels like a second home where I have grown and matured as a person.

What is the most important thing you have learned so far at MMA? Academics always comes first before becoming a leader. That is why managing my time wisely is important in the success of myself and others.

What advice do you have for new cadets? Learn, ask questions and make the learning experience easy, so the journey at MMA is more enjoyable. 

Is there anything you want other cadets to know about? Surround yourself with people who will help you and don't bring you down, because truly, that will dictate how well you do. We all have our different goals, but ensure you have other people that will contribute to your success. 

The battalion executive officer serves as second-in-the command of the corps, keeping the battalion commander informed on all general logistical and administrative matters in the battalion or duties assigned by the commandant of cadets. He advises the battalion commander in formulating policy and plans for the corps; recommending billet assignments, promotions, demotions, and awards; and scheduling and tracking all corps activities and duty assignments.

As a leader, he is responsible for directing, coordinating, and supervising battalion staff; posting, conduct, and effectiveness of the OD, barracks chiefs, and floor watches; and coordinating with company executive officers to facilitate mission accomplishment.

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