General Clifton B. Cates Medal Awarded to Cadets, Faculty and Staff for Distinguished 2020 Performance

In December 2020, Missouri Military Academy (MMA) President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret) awarded the General Clifton B. Cates Medal to qualifying cadets, faculty and staff for their uninterrupted attendance and performance of assigned duties and service during the spring 2020 semester.

To receive the Cates Medal, awardees must demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • sustained superior performance of duty,
  • a singular act of extraordinary accomplishment or selflessness in support of MMA, or
  • uninterrupted attendance and performance of assigned duties and service during an documented time of crisis.

The medal is named after Gen. Clifton B. Cates, a 1910 graduate of MMA. Cates led a distinguished military career and served through several major conflicts, including World War I, World War II and the Korean War. He eventually became the 19th commandant of the Marine Corps and is well known as the man who fought Congress to save the U.S. Marine Corps from possible extinction in 1951, which paved the way for the USMC’s growth and prosperity.

“MMA has been extremely fortunate to continue our in-person education of cadets uninterrupted during the spring and fall 2020 semesters,” said President Geraci. “The performance of our faculty, staff and cadets – their fortitude and dedication to our COVID protocols – has made our collective success in continuing to educate our cadets possible. I am proud to award the Cates Medal to those who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to our military education model during the pandemic. Another order is being prepared to recognize cadets, staff and faculty for the fall semester.”

The General Clifton B. Cates Medal may only be awarded by the president of the Missouri Military Academy or chairman of the MMA Board of Trustees.

The following cadets, faculty and staff on campus in December to receive this distinction included the following:

CADETS 

  • Afane, Fernando 
  • Belko, Dhalil 
  • Bowen, Bryce 
  • Bowman, Nathaniel 
  • Bryant, Christopher 
  • Buyantogtokh, Buyannemekh 
  • Castle, Maxon 
  • Chambers, Alexander 
  • Chew, Christopher 
  • Coile, Alexander 
  • Cunningham, Phasakorn 
  • Davidson, Charles 
  • Delaplane, William 
  • Dempsey, Nathan 
  • Desiderio, Dominic 
  • Didicher, Peter 
  • Douthit, Jared 
  • Drenberg, Derek 
  • Flores Pavon, Rodrigo 
  • Garduno Miranda, Juan Pedro 
  • Gutierrez, Mauricio 
  • Hamilton, Matthew 
  • Hineman, Skyler 
  • Intwali, Fred 
  • Jacquez, Francisco 
  • Javier, Jacob 
  • Kagame, Edwin 
  • Karameyezu, Bano 
  • Kjolhede, Landon 
  • Kuzwayezu, Bruno 
  • Larson, Matthew 
  • Latenser, John 
  • Liu, Yuheng 
  • Machary-Pagan, Michael 
  • Macon, Shane 
  • McCaffrey, Andrew 
  • Mercado, Alejandro 
  • Meyer, Landon 
  • Moore, Connor 
  • Mpabuka, Prize 
  • Mugisha, Dylan 
  • Mugisha, Kellan 
  • Mynsted, Preston 
  • Newland, Lance 
  • Nguyen, Landy 
  • Padron, Enrique 
  • Passmore, Kai 
  • Richardson, Ezekiel 
  • Roberts, Griffin 
  • Rudasingwa, Landry 
  • Rugumire, Ganza 
  • Sangster, Kevith 
  • Santiago Acevedo, Lucas 
  • Schreyer, Evan 
  • Sekele, Jordan 
  • Silva, Sean 
  • Sipple, Kamden 
  • Somsanith, TJ 
  • Song, Guanhong 
  • Stalnaker, Jack 
  • Sturgeon, Zachary 
  • Tholen, Jacob 
  • Thomas, Alexander 
  • Tong, Yu-Jen 
  • Tsui, Sun Kit 
  • Varley, Timothy 
  • Vincent, Jake 
  • Wainscott, David 
  • Wang, Kevin 
  • White, Damian  
  • Yarte-Zertuche, Gorka-Aitor 
  • Zhao, Chongbo 

FACULTY & STAFF 

  • Abbott, Robert 
  • Allen, Jennifer 
  • Allison, Joshua 
  • Anthony, Larry 
  • Balvanz, Joseph 
  • Bealmear, Penny 
  • Biddle, John 
  • Blaue, Rhonda 
  • Briggs, Vicki 
  • Brooks, Cassandra 
  • Bruce, Martha 
  • Burton, Dan 
  • Bustos, Jorge 
  • Caudle, Jimmie 
  • Clark, Mark 
  • Collins, Mark 
  • Cross, David 
  • Daly, Melody 
  • Dehlinger, Richard 
  • Donaldson, Brian 
  • Emminger, Cheryl 
  • Fitz, Madison 
  • Gallegos, Carla 
  • Garber, Nathan 
  • Gibbs, Phoebe 
  • Grabowski, Rickey 
  • Grantham, John 
  • Groves, Amy 
  • Harding, Michael 
  • Higgins, David 
  • Hilderman, James 
  • Holloway, Jim 
  • Hulsey-Lupp, Mary 
  • Jacobson, Randal 
  • Jones, Jason 
  • Kemp, Cynthia 
  • Koontz, Michael 
  • Kulas, Michael 
  • Mahurin, David 
  • Maziarz, Stephen 
  • McClacherty, John 
  • McClarey, Larry 
  • Miller, Chad 
  • Miller, Jessica 
  • McGrath, Robert 
  • Morgan, Keith 
  • Morris, Cheryl 
  • Newbrough, Pearl 
  • Nowlin, Christine 
  • Nowlin, Ryan 
  • O'Donley, Jennifer 
  • Pemberton, Michael 
  • Peyton, Jimmy 
  • Reynard, Peggy 
  • Rice, Linda 
  • Roberts, Thomas 
  • Robley, Fran 
  • Rowe, Amy 
  • Rowe, Michael 
  • Scarlet, Christopher 
  • Scott, Doug 
  • Seibert, Greg 
  • Seibert, Mary 
  • Severns, Daniel 
  • Silverman, Phillip 
  • Smith, Nellie 
  • Stewart, Gary 
  • Stockdall, Charles 
  • Stott, Sarah 
  • Strunk, Bernard 
  • Tollet, Don 
  • Tompkins, Mark 
  • Vanderroost, Roland 
  • VanDuyne, Richard 
  • Wallace, Rachel 
  • Welch, Janet 
  • Welch, Julia 
  • Wilkins, David 
  • Williams, Hannah 
  • Wright, Douglas 
  • Yannielli, Anthony 
  • Wilburn, Kevin 

 

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