Legacy Cadets Recognized at Alumni Awards and Donor Recognition Banquet

A new form of recognition for an old tradition was introduced at the Homecoming 2019 Alumni Awards and Donor Recognition Banquet on Saturday, September 15, 2019.

Legacy cadets are cadets who are sons, stepsons, brothers, grandsons, step-grandsons, nephews or cousins of an MMA alum who completed at least one full year as an MMA cadet. At the ceremony, these cadets and their alumni family were recognized and awarded a legacy pin, symbolizing the family’s continued history at MMA.

“Since the Academy was founded in 1889, we have had a rich tradition of legacy families who have seen the positive impact that MMA has on their sons," said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). "Recognizing our legacy cadets is an important way to honor those special families who are committed to MMA's mission, core values and rich traditions, so much so that they encourage and support their family members’ attendance.”

MMA is proud to congratulate the following legacy cadets:

  • Legacy Cadet Loyal Smith who is the legacy of his cousin, D’Cherion Nelson from MMA’s Class of 2015.
  • Legacy Cadet Kenny Gisa who is the legacy of his cousin, Jean-Luc Shyaka from MMA’s Class of 2017.
  • Legacy Cadet Ziad Hossam Sabry Dessouky Abd ElfatAh who is the legacy of his cousin, Mohamed Ahmed Shiha from MMA’s Class of 2002.
  •  Legacy Cadet Eric Gentry who is the legacy of his father, Chris Gentry from MMA’s Class of 1988.
  •  Legacy Cadet Daniel Chapa who is the legacy of his brother, Hector Chapa Gonzalez from MMA’s Class of 2016.
  •  Legacy Cadet Patricio Grunberger Castillejos who is the legacy of his uncle, Rodolfo Alejandro Grunberger Reynoso from MMA’s Class of 1982.
  •  Legacy Cadet Diego Perez who is the legacy of his brother, Jose Perez from MMA’s Class of 2012.
  •  Legacy Cadet Roberto Rodriguez Jr. who is the legacy of his father, Roberto Rodriguez Sr. from MMA’s Class of 1989.
  •  Legacy Cadet Keveth Sangster who is the legacy of his grandfather, Brian Rockell from MMA’s Class of 1957.
  •  Legacy Cadet Marco Tavarez who is the legacy of his father, Marco Tavarez from MMA’s Class of 1989.
  •  Legacy Cadet Marco Vega-Pinero who is the legacy of his father, Marco Vega from MMA’s Class of 1994.
  •  Legacy Cadet Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche who is the legacy of his father, Jorge-Alberto Yarte-Sada from MMA’s Class of 1989.
  •  Legacy Cadet John Murphy who is the legacy of his brother, Paul Murphy from MMA’s Class of 2018.
  •  Legacy Cadet Derek Nguyen who is the legacy of his brother, Dion Nguyen from MMA’s Class of 2016.
  •  Legacy Cadet Diego who is the legacy of his cousin, Jose Luis Castro from MMA’s Class of 2008.

See photos below.

 

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