A decorated U.S. Army Special Forces veteran of the Global War on Terrorism will return to his alma mater Saturday, May 22 to address the class of 2021 at Missouri Military Academy’s 132nd commencement.
Sergeant Major Steven McDavid, the J3 Operations Directorate Senior Enlisted Leader at Special Operations Command Central, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. event in MMA's Centennial Gymtorium. Final formation will follow on the Academy’s front campus. The event is closed to the public — cadets’ families are limited to four tickets each — but the livestream will be available online at Livestream.com/mma.
McDavid is a 1997 graduate of MMA and serves on the MMA Alumni Board of Directors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic studies and defense analysis from Norwich University in Vermont, the nation’s oldest private military college, graduating summa cum laude. On active duty for the past 18 years, he has served in the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. His deployments have included five tours in Afghanistan plus several Counter-Narco Terrorism and Joint Combined Exchange Training missions to Central and South America. In his current posting at Special Operations Command Central, he assists the Director of Operations in overseeing the planning, coordination and integration of Special Operations Forces conducting operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and 17 other countries in the United States Central Command area of responsibility.
The 49 cadets in MMA’s class of 2021 come from 12 U.S. states and seven other countries. Class members have so far earned more than $6.4 million in scholarships and have been accepted to colleges such as the University of Notre Dame, George Washington University, Loyola University, Hult International Business School and the University of Missouri.