Leadership Designations Announced for 2022-23 Academic Year

Watch video of the Mother's Day Review on May 8, 2022, including the 2022-23 leadership designations announcement.

Special Order No. 55                                                                                                                       

Mexico, Missouri, 8 May 2022

Upon the recommendation of the Designation Board and the approval of the Commandant, the following designations are made for the 2022-2023 school year and are hereby authorized for the 134th Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets:

Battalion Command Group

Battalion Commander Marco Afane from La Libertad, El Salvador

Battalion Executive Officer Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche from Lisbon, Portugal

Battalion Sergeant Major Gage Blanton from Newburg, Missouri

Cadet Afane receives congratulations from his MMA brothers after the announcement of his designation as the cadet battalion commander for the 134th Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets. 

Battalion Staff Group

Battalion S-1 (Adjutant) Justyn Daigle from Moberly, Missouri

Battalion S-2 (Intelligence Officer) Connor Edwards from Winter Park, Florida

Battalion S-3 (Operations Officer) Reagan Ammons from Springfield, Missouri

Battalion S-4 (Logistics Officer) Blake Morais from Mexico, Missouri

Battalion S-5 (Public Affairs) Zijie Zhou from Shenzhen, China

Battalion S-6 (Communications) Bradley Thumbi from Overland Park, Kansas

Cadet Justyn Daigle poses for a photo with family after the leadership designation announcement during the Mother's Day Review on May 8, 2022. 

Band Company

Company Commander Anthony Melick from Overland Park, Kansas

Executive Officer Matthew Hamilton from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1st Sergeant Angelo Urdaneta from Boca Raton, Florida

Battalion Drum Major Kruze Hagan from Kirksville, Missouri

Battalion Pipe Major Nathaniel Espinoza from Miami Beach, Florida

Bravo Company

Company Commander Lucas Sydlewski from Houlton, Wisconsin

Executive Officer Temuulen Manlai from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

1st Sergeant Gabriel Iglesias Osorio from Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador

Cadet Gabriel Iglesias Osorio has been designated 1st Sergeant for Bravo Company and will assume his role in fall 2022.

Charlie Company

Company Commander Brett Miles from Dallas, Texas

Executive Officer Benjamin Huynh from Overland Park, Kansas

1st Sergeant Gabriel Canonico from Falls City, Nebraska

Cadet Brett Miles from Dallas, Texas, will hold responsibility as Charlie Company Commander in fall 2022.

Delta Company

Company Commander Kellan Mugisha from Rwanda

Executive Officer Peter Didicher from Hinsdale, Illinois

1st Sergeant Roy Kioko from St. Louis, Missouri

Cadet Roy Kioko from St. Louis, Missouri, will serve as Delta Company 1st Sergeant in fall 2022. 

Fusileer Drill Team

Drill Team Commander Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche from Lisbon, Portugal

Co-Drill Team Commander Gage Blanton from Newburg, Missouri

Color Guard Commander Gabriel Iglesias Osorio from Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador

The 2021-22 Fusileers Drill Team performed during the Mother's Day Review on May 8, 2022.  Above, newly designated Drill Team Commander Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche.

Special Assignments

Battalion Quartermaster DeKoven Martin from Crowley, Texas

Provost Marshall Matthew Hallam from Dallas, Texas

Physical Fitness NCO Ian Findley from Hot Springs, Arkansas

Morale and Activities NCO Blake Mills from Arkansas, Kansas

Morale and Activities Assistant Mason Brooks from Henrietta, Texas

Religious Assistant to the Chaplain River Punab-Mitchell from Kodiak, Alaska

Battalion Armorer John Carlos Ahuja from Fayetteville, Arkansas

John Carlos Ahuja will serve as battalion armorer, beginning fall 2022.

By Order of the Commandant

R.L. Grabowski Colonel, USMC (Ret)

Commandant of Cadets, Missouri Military Academy


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