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Welcome From the President Dear Riverside Military Family,

proud to report that pride in their uniform won the day as over half donned their Class A uniforms one

The spring semester of 19-20 was unsual to say the

last time... clean-shaven and with regulation haircuts.

least. On March 13, the day cadets left for home to transition to digital learning, I told the Class of 2020,

The best part of the day was seeing 58 seniors back

“You will have a commencement.” My sense of honor

on campus celebrating the bonds of brotherhood

required I follow through on that pledge.

they developed during their time here. As proud as I was of our graduates, I was equally proud of the staff

The original commencement date of May 16

and faculty who selflessly worked to make this event

came and went. We surveyed the seniors in

a success, even though the next day (a Sunday), they

June asking when and how they would like to

were to welcome nearly 300 cadets enrolled for the

have commencement, and the majority wanted

fall semester. I trust that the Class of 2020, given all

a traditional event in early August. No Zoom

they have experienced and witnessed in their lives,

commencement; it would be in-person or not at all.

will continue to make RMA proud and look back with fond memories of this unique event.

We decided on a combined Silver Taps and Commencement exercise, on-campus and

I encourage you to read the story of John Phelps,

in-person that complied with COVID-19 health requirements.

’56, found on page 27 as he recalls his time at RMA. His exceptional

Our objective was to get guests on and off campus as safely as

generosity will allow hundreds of new cadets to excel for decades to

possible while holding to military traditions expected of an RMA


commencement. The staff repeatedly met to address every aspect of this exceptionally complex undertaking. Someone asked, “Is there a

We trust that we have instilled in all of our cadets RMA’s guiding

minimum number of seniors that need to RSVP for us to go to all this

principles of Innovation, Leadership, and Values, to which this issue of


Reveille is dedicated.

My response was simple: if even one student shows up, it is worth it.

With the utmost respect for all that YOU do to support our mission, I remain sincerely yours—

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, 58 seniors out of 78 showed up. Almost 300 parents and guests attended and dutifully complied with health requirements. Graduates could wear either their RMA uniform or choose to wear a cap and gown should they fail to meet grooming standards as most were in transition to their college careers. I am

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Mr. Anthony M. Herdener

Mr. Paul A. Gross, ‘56

Mr. C. Brian Daniel, Chairman

Mr. Drew W. Horner, ‘78

Mr. Frederick J. Kennedy, ‘64

Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman,

Mr. Ernest T. Lopez III, ‘84

Mr. O. Jon McRae, Jr.

Mr. Kenneth L. McKelvey

Mr. Richard M. Nichols

Vice Chairman Mr. John W. Jacobs III, Secretary

Mr. John B. McKernan II, ‘88

Mr. Charlie J. Lail, Jr., Treasurer

Mr. J. Allen Nivens, Jr.


Mr. Ruben A. Barahona, ‘89

Mr. Jonathan A. Pope

Mr. Jerry B. Blackstock, ‘62,

Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock

Dr. William E. Russell

Mr. J. Jette Campbell, ‘65

Mr. Andrew W. Talkington, ‘71

Mr. P. Alexander Fraser

Mr. William B. Carr, Jr.

Mr. James R. Van Arsdale, ‘79

Mr. Howard A. Kalmenson, ‘49

Mr. Counte L. Cooley


Ira J. Middleberg, Esq., ‘66

Mr. Bernard M. Freeman, ‘58


Mr. Felix A. Gonzalez Canto, ‘86

Miss Lucile E. Beaver

Abraham A. Mitchell, Esq., ‘52

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Strategic Plan 2025: A strategy designed to help our students reach their highest potential


Disruption is a Good Thing:

4 Commencement: The class of 2020 gathered together, six feet apart Senior Editor Mrs. Amanda K. Willis Vice President of Operations, Strategic Communications, and Initiatives awillis@riversidemilitary.com Editor-in-Chief Ms. Christian E. Mims Director of Marketing & Public Affairs cmims@riversidemilitary.com Editors Robert Daniel, J.D. Executive Vice President bdaniel@riversidemilitary.com Mrs. Ellen G. DeFoor, CFRE Vice President for Advancement edefoor@riversidemilitary.com


Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: How scholarships changed the life of Command Sergeant Major Tomis Hamilton, ‘22

Alumnus David J. Ross, ‘83, explores innovation through disruption


Annual Giving Report: Your dollars at work

Publication Design Ms. Kristen Thompson Graphic Designer & Marketing Associate kthompson@riversidemilitary.com

Riverside Military Academy admits young men of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin. Corrections and letters to the editor should be addressed to:

Contributors Mrs. Jane M. Congrove Mr. John B. McKernan II, ‘88 Mrs. Marquita Milligan COL(R) Stanley C. "Staś" Preczewski, U.S.A., Ph.D. Mr. Jody Wilson

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On the Cover Cadet Christian Jones, ‘22, discovers the fundamentals of aerodynamics, aircraft design, and aviation career opportunities.

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Saying Goodbye By: Christian E. Mims ON AUGUST 8, 2020, a blistering Saturday afternoon, RMA’s class of 2020 officially graduated, three months after the originally planned date. Graduates in the class of 2020 around the world felt the sting of losing their traditional graduation ceremonies, but no one felt that pull more than the RMA cadets, who left the Gainesville, GA campus in early March within hours of the decision to transition to digital learning. The rescheduled ceremony, which was closed to the public and limited to five guests per senior, incorporated mask-wearing and social distancing. Cadets were given the opportunity to wear either their RMA uniform or a cap and gown. Fifty-eight of the 78 members in the class of 2020 were able to attend the ceremony, which was live-streamed so that distant seniors and their families could participate virtually. Silver Taps, a traditional RMA ceremony to honor fallen alumni, was held at 5 p.m. on McLendon Quadrangle. As the graduates processed down the stairs of Lanier Hall, their supporters looked on from bleachers, where they sat in small groups six feet apart. Coach Errol Bisso, ‘61, read the 47 names of alumni who died in the past year. Commencement was held at 6 p.m. in Curtis Hall, where the graduates were spread across the Richard M. Nichols Arena. RMA President, COL(R) “Staś” Preczewski spoke to the graduates saying, “You came into the world in the shadow of 9/11, you have


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seen and lived through terrorism, war, economic recession, and now a worldwide pandemic. But, you have also grown up in the years of YouTube, the iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, electric cars, and more. You are the generation for whom technology is a second skin in which you are so comfortable. You are also the generation who will seek for authentic experiences and careers that make differences in the lives of others. Because of all you have seen and experienced, in this year alone, you will be better citizens of this world.” Salutatorian Juan Pablo Nava joked to his fellow graduates saying, “As I go to college in a few weeks, every day I have to make sure I make my bed perfectly because even though I’m not at Riverside Military and it’s not required, I can still feel SgtMaj Sosa breathing down my neck.” Valedictorian Pablo Yesaki Serrato’s speech took a more serious tone. “If I am going to be sure of anything in my life, it is this: the ultimate goal for anyone, what can truly be referred to as real success, is happiness. To be successful is to be happy. And so I leave you with one question: Are you truly successful? If you are, help someone else be successful. If you’re not: well, what are you waiting for?” RMA Board of Trustees Chairman C. Brian Daniel, moved by the spectacle of the graduates’ commitment to one another in a commencement ceremony like no other in Riverside Military Academy history, also offered words of wisdom to the Class of 2020. He urged the graduates to use the experiences of their senior year as preparation for other unexpected challenges in life.


Cadet Chad Andrews, ‘20, stands at attention one last time.

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Grit and Glory By: Christian E. Mims

THE CLASS OF 2020 was one full of grit, resilience, and perseverance, but it also stood out academically and athletically. Our 2020 seniors earned over $4.2 million in merit-based scholarships. Graduates were accepted to schools across the United States and around the world.


During RMA Silver Taps and Commencement ceremonies, we honor those cadets who stand out from their peers. The recipient of both the John Philip Sousa and Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States awards was Juan Pablo Nava (left). Hailing from Shanghai, China, Xiaozhan Liu (center) was the recipient of the Outstanding International Cadet Award. The Sandy Beaver Medal of General Excellence, the most prestigious award given by RMA, to a cadet, was presented to the 2019-2020 Battalion Commander, Areeb Ahmad (right). 6

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Our “ReMAiners,” those cadets who petitioned to remain on campus last March when RMA transitioned to digital learning, included two seniors. Jack Abraham and Emmil Ortega, (pictured above). They were presented the president’s challenge coin by COL(R) Staś Preczewski in a brief ceremony honoring their leadership, loyalty, and determination during the quarantine on campus. Both are among RMA’s First to Serve cadets. •

Chaoliang Hsu was named RMA’s STAR Student for 2019-2020. The STAR Program is designed to recognize high school seniors who have the highest SAT score in their graduating class and meet all the other program requirements. The student must score the highest in the senior class on any single test date (scores may not be combined from two or more test dates). •

When Lamar Gordon’s track and field season ended in early March, he was the # 1 ranked discus thrower of ALL CLASSIFICATIONS in the Georgia High School Association. His throw of 172’06” was also four feet farther than the Class A existing record of 168’. Gordon almost assuredly would have broken the GHSA state record for Class A had the championship not been canceled due to COVID-19. He was offered multiple scholarships and signed with Kennesaw State University.

It is an RMA tradition to honor seniors who choose to directly enter a branch of the military following their RMA graduation. Less than one percent of our population makes this decision to serve in the United States military. Thank you to our Brothers in Blue, Jack Abraham, Mark Hughes, William Lee, Brian Lewis, Emmil Ortega (pictured above), and Derek Roach, all who chose to enter the U.S. Army.

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Reopening Campus: A $1 Million Project By: Amanda K. Willis TO SUCCESSFULLY REOPEN for the fall semester with on-campus, in-person learning in the midst of a pandemic, every aspect of RMA’s delivery of services had to be re-examined through an infection-prevention lens. “RMA Reopening Considerations Fall 2020: Providing a Safe, Secure, and Healthy Learning Environment” was drafted and shared with parents in July. It touched on cadet life from the classroom, the dining room, the barber shop, the athletic fields, and the barracks. Life for cadets in 2020 was going to continue to look very different. As students arrived for registration on August 9 and 10, they were immediately individually isolated and tested for COVID-19. A separate quarantine area was established in an empty barracks’ wing just in case any cadet tested positive. Masks were required of faculty, staff, and students along with social distancing in the classroom, dining room, and every area of campus. Directional arrows kept foot traffic flowing in one direction in the academic areas, and desks were spaced far apart in classrooms. Hand sanitizer stations were positioned in high traffic areas, thermal temperature readers checked for elevated temperatures as cadets entered buildings, and no-touch water dispensers were installed throughout campus. The boldest strategy of the reopening was the 6x6 plan which called for six days of academic work for six weeks with no leave and no visitors on campus. Two weeks into the plan, a second round of testing yielded no positive results among the Corps of Cadets. The 6x6 plan was producing the desired results – a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment. By week four, the required mask wearing for cadets was mitigated slightly, and intramural sports were activated. Surveillance COVID-19 testing of 15% of the Corps and the staff continued on a weekly basis, a plan inspired by research at the United States Air Force Academy to help keep the virus in check.

At the end of 6x6, cadets were allowed an extended weekend at home. Upon their return, the process started over with a 6x5 plan, identical to 6x6 but with classes meeting just five days per week. The entire fall semester plan results in enough teaching contact hours to conclude the fall semester on November 24 with cadets scheduled to return to campus for the spring semester in early January. So, if successful in-person learning can be boiled down to its essence, it takes a plan, resources, and the cooperation of cadets, parents, and staff. “We spent almost $1 million altering policies, facilities, changing equipment, changing processes, and hiring a nurse practitioner, but most importantly we tested, tested, tested,” said COL(R) Staś Preczewski, President. COL Preczewski is quick to also give credit to the cadets for the plan’s success. In a letter to parents dated September 8, COL Preczewski wrote, “From wearing the face mask for long periods of time, to hand washing, social distancing, and self-reporting any symptoms, they have, to date, managed to keep the virus well under control on campus. “Before we reopened on August 9, we had spent hundreds of hours planning, thinking, listening to webinars for best practices, and reading everything we could to understand how to offer oncampus, in-person learning in a safe and secure way,” he said.

It has been the most challenging leadership exercise of my combined military and academic career, but to whatever degree we experience success, it is gratifying as well.

A cadet has his temperature taken by a thermal scanner as he enters the dining hall. Another scanner in Elkin Hall reads cadets’ temperatures every morning before class. FALL 2020




Aerospace Engineering: RMA’s Newest Academic Program By: Amanda K. Willis

RMA’S AEROSPACE ENGINEERING program opened this fall with a full cohort of 24 cadets. The new academic program has been several years in the making and is a collaboration between staff and alumni. “RMA’s vision for an aerospace engineering program was considered important enough to include as an action item in the RMA 2025 Strategic Plan,” said Dean of Academics Cathy Moore, Ph.D. “This academic year, even with a pandemic, we were able to combine the necessary teaching talent, resources, and, with the leadership of President Preczewski, we were able to stand up the program. The cadets have responded enthusiastically.” Captain Lee Dickson, who served as an Army aviator for 10 years and is a commercial and instrument-rated pilot in helicopters and airplanes, is the instructor. The program appeals to students who are curious about the design and flight of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles. The goal is to equip students with knowledge and skills to be successful in college and the global workforce.

Several RMA alumni, all recreational pilots, were instrumental in the program’s launch and are now leading the effort to raise $100,000 to fully fund the program. “RMA has embarked on its most exciting and rewarding field of study ever,” said Ron Fenner, ‘66. “Graduates from the fouryear curriculum will possess a resume highly sought after by any college or university nationwide. I congratulate our first aerospace engineering class beginning this semester, and I look forward to their accomplishments and successes.” Fenner helped identify the curriculum’s source – the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)’s Advanced Career programs which combine college-ready academics with authentic, hands-on projects. Last July, CPT Dickson attended SREB’s Summer Teacher Training Institute at Auburn University, one of several corporate and higher education partners with SREB. The 80 hours of training prepared Dickson to teach the first year course, Fundamentals of Aerospace Technology. He will continue the summer training in

Captain Dickson and Cadet Joshua Yoon, ‘22, prepare the wind tunnel to analyze the lift and drag of an airfoil designed by 3-D software and fabricated in the new laser engraver.


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preparation for courses two, three, and four. In the four-course curriculum, students will design, build, test, and analyze the science behind the forces and physical properties of planes, rockets, and unmanned vehicles. Each course lasts an academic year. Interested cadets ideally enter the program as freshmen and complete one course per year. “The cadets are engaged; they love it,” said Dickson. “Assignments encompass essential elements of good project-based learning to engage students in a process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.” Additionally, once conditions permit, cadets may enroll in an after-school program at Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport to earn their solo wings and a private pilot license. Cadets do not have to be enrolled in the aerospace engineering class to earn their wings.


Cadet LTC Samuel Legaspi, ‘21, and Joshua Yoon, ‘22. learn to use computer-aided design, better known as CAD software, to produce prototypes using the Dremel 3-D printer.

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Cadet Bian’s Abstract an ‘Easy Pick’ By: Amanda K. Willis IT WAS A dreary day last spring when Cadet Troy Bian created a small vibrant abstract oil painting as a last minute submission to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center and Gainesville Kiwanis annual youth art exhibit. The exhibition always attracts hundreds of submissions and opens with a packed reception of proud teachers, parents, and young artists. The show was hung just before businesses were required to close, and there was no opening reception due to the pandemic. The show was juried by photographs and the awards were announced much later than normal. But, while the show hung in the Quinlan’s silent galleries, a few representatives from the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee perused the show and selected 10 youth-created pieces to turn into free range art. The committee has been selecting and installing outdoor art in and around Gainesville for years and is an initiative of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce (GHCC).

He works best when feeling inspired and finds his talent seems to dry up if he has to push to create. For “Weekdays” he chose red, blues, white, and purple, a happy color for him. “It makes me feel better,” he said of purple. One of the judges from the public art committee, Elizabeth Higgins, Vision 2030’s executive director, said Bian’s piece immediately stood out to the committee. “Troy’s abstract was such a favorite,” said Mrs. Higgins. “NO ONE had an abstract with such depth and layering as Troy’s. It was an easy pick.”

Bian’s small piece entitled, “Weekdays,” was one of the 10 winning entries, which have all been transformed into large, metal versions and are displayed in a free-to-the-public space just off the Gainesville downtown square. When asked about his inspiration, Bian admits to working quickly at the last minute and choosing colors in contrast to the gloomy weather. “I did that piece in one hour. I was stressed out with school, it was cold, and I thought, ‘This weekday is forever,’ so I named it “Weekdays,” said Bian. Bian is a junior and in his fourth year at RMA. A resident of Duluth, GA, he studied with a professional artist before enrolling and has continued his studies at RMA, with Mitch Freeman, RMA Art Teacher, when his schedule permits. 12

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This untitled painting, also by Bian, hangs in RMA’s infirmary.


RMA ConnectA Unique RMA Experience By: Christian E. Mims

Mrs. Melchior talks with cadets during RMA Connect. LIFE CAN BE uncomfortable. And although personal growth can come from being uncomfortable, knowing you have someone you can rely on and trust makes that growth a little easier. Every day our teachers, coaches, TACs, and staff members are interacting with and guiding students. RMA Connect is a part of the web of support provided by RMA. The program was built with this in mind. Dr. Cathy Moore, RMA’s Dean of Academics, spearheaded the program. She explained, “Students are placed with select teachers and staff and given time to work through not only personal issues, but those events happening around the world every day.” There is no pressure to perform. There are no grades given. It is just a safe space where the cadets can connect with their mentors through discussions, small groups, and team-building exercises. Mrs. Heather Melchior, who teaches chemistry, forensics, anatomy, and algebra, also mentors 10th-grade students. She says,

The overall goal of the program is to give our cadets a voice and let them know that their voice matters.

“They also build self-confidence within the small Connect group and learn about teamwork. I think that every cadet needs someone to talk to and feel like they can confide in here on campus. I am happy that we have this opportunity to connect with students outside of the traditional classroom to help them use their voices. We can carry those voices to ears that can initiate change to help make this experience one that will last a lifetime,” said Mrs. Mechior. Joseph “Lane” Friedemann, an 8th grader, said, “Personally, it is not the other people’s answers [that I learn from] but everything in general. I am learning about what is happening outside [in the world]. I never really knew what was going on because I just lived in my small community.” RMA Connect meets monthly and the cadets are split up into grade levels. The sessions are not recorded, but mentors take notes on what was discussed. The program gives a ‘pulse check’ on how the boys are experiencing cadet life. It gives the Academy the ability to see where the Corps may be struggling, issues they may be facing, and the areas in which they are excelling. Most importantly, Dean Moore says, “This [program] gives the cadets yet another ally at RMA.”

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THE BEST SCHOOL FOR A BOY he 1920 edition of the RMA catalog, the Academy’s primary marketing tool in a predigital age, declared the Academy – “The Best School for a Boy.” The 9x17-inch booklet lauded the “pure air and perfect draining” of the Academy’s setting; the advantages of a military education, “…good for boys, good for the school, and good for the country;” and the value of the daily bath, “This daily bath, coming just before the evening meal, not only possesses great disciplinary value but puts the boy in a proper frame of mind for his evening study.” So much has changed in 100 years, but RMA values remain the same. Read these excerpts from 1920 and judge for yourself. “The authorities of a military school...understand that their work is not primarily to make soldiers, but to develop boys into good citizens – physically, mentally, and morally.” “And so day by day a cadet learns the value of organization and becomes interested in its maintenance; he looks ahead into the business activities of life and understands how he, too, must learn to organize and discipline men.” “Military courtesy is only the most thorough and perfect form of civilian courtesy.” “Cadets have frequent practice in receiving, carrying, and delivering verbal orders – a difficult task and a useful acquirement.” “The broad, straight shoulders, the deep chest, the graceful elastic step, head squarely on the shoulders instead of on the chest, the open, honest face and fearless, frank eye – these proclaim the man.” “All cadets dress alike and all have equal opportunity in the race for neatness and best appearance...” “Every cadet is expected to be attentive to duty, punctual in attendance, and thorough in his work.” Just like their brothers before them, the cadets of Riverside Military Academy today gain the necessary tools to persevere in a world that is challenging and ever-changing. Past RMA cadets have seen two world wars, multiple pandemics, an economic depression, and yet they stood; they persisted. The brotherhood created within our walls will withstand anything; our cadets today can stand tall knowing they are prepared to handle whatever life brings.

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Letter from Chairman of the Board Dear RMA Family and Friends, For over a century, Riverside Military Academy has stood the test of time by embracing the future and always evolving. Today is no different. We are marching forward to enhance the academy’s mission, which stands firm like the north Georgia mountains on our horizon. Those words were written in late 2019 as the RMA board and executive staff put the final touches on a strategic plan that would serve as our bold blueprint for the next five years. RMA Strategic Plan 2025 touched every area of the academy from cadet life to creating an aerospace engineering program to preserving financial assets. Then, just before officially announcing the strategic plan, 2020 veered into a worldwide pandemic and economic upheaval. But, I am encouraged by this: RMA has weathered the Great Depression, two world wars, numerous recessions, annual cases of flu, and much more. We have never missed graduating a class of seniors, even this year when the ceremony was postponed for three months. So, we are moving forward with the strategic plan. The aerospace program debuted this semester, and initiatives such as streamlining costs and optimizing revenues, have by necessity, been addressed. An initiative to ensure transparent and timely communications went into practice last March as RMA’s campus emptied and cadets transitioned to digital learning. As I re-read the rest of my letter written last fall, I stand by it. Building on our strong history, we will equip the next generation of leaders for a fast-paced age of global citizenry encompassing business, technology, and the arts, all grounded in character and ethics. Along the way, we will take the lead in transforming the entire perception of military boarding schools while promoting their ever-important role in education and preparation for college and life. Our vision is laser-focused and summarized in RMA Strategic Plan 2025, a strategy designed to help our students reach their highest potential. I want to personally thank our board, staff, and others who participated in our 2025 strategic planning process. We have been – and will continue to be – inspired by the vision of our late board chairman, Rusty Griffin,’62, who challenged us to reach higher and settle for nothing less than excellence. So, on behalf of our board and our dynamic RMA President, COL(R) Staś Preczewski, please join us on our journey to be a pre-eminent college preparatory boarding school utilizing the military model of education. Respectfully,

C. Brian Daniel Chairman, RMA Board of Trustees

Brian Daniel is President & CEO of Carroll Daniel Construction Company, a third-generation general contracting firm based in Gainesville, GA. Daniel earned his B.S. in management from Auburn University and his M.S. in building construction from Kennesaw State University. He has served on the RMA Board of Trustees since 2009.


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RMA Strategic Plan 2025 PLANNING FOR THE RMA Strategic Plan 2025 began in the 2019-2020 school year with the arrival of COL(R) Staś Preczewski as president. New leadership was the opportunity to assess and retool Riverside Military Academy for greater relevance while building on the timetested model of military organization and leadership development. Input from cadets, parents, and alumni surveys as well as a review of history, purpose, and education style informed the plan. The months of hard work and analysis resulted in refreshed vision and mission statements and goals propelled by five strategic priorities:




Establish the gold standard for independent college preparatory schools. Refine an Integrated Outcomes-Based Academic Program.



INITIATIVES include: Establish middle school for 6th-8th grade Develop Aerospace Engineering Program Create a Master Teacher program Strengthen responsibility of RMA as ‘in Loco Parentis’. (Latin for “In Place of a Parent”) INITIATIVES include: Enhance infirmary and medical support Develop new parent orientation Expand mentoring and counseling for students

Become a model of organizational excellence. STRATEGIC PRIORITY



INITIATIVES include: Ensure transparent and timely communications Enhance collaboration between departments Inspire innovation and proactive solutions

Identify and sustain an optimal Corps size. STRATEGIC PRIORITY






Increase cadet retention Target marketing to enhance student recruitment Strengthen the reputation of RMA as the best option for college-preparatory education and robust leadership training

Preserve, diversify, and expand personnel, technology facilities, and other physical and financial assets.


INITIATIVES include: Develop a sustainable RMA-specific financial plan Launch an inaugural comprehensive campaign Streamline costs and optimize revenues

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Mens Sana in Corpore Sano “Sound Mind in a Sound Body” By: Jane M. Congrove

ACADEMY LEADERS LIKE General Beaver, Colonel Mooney, and Colonel Maginnis led from the front with toughness, fairness, and an unfailing commitment to the Academy’s motto – “Sound mind in a sound body.” The same holds true today. RMA cadets learn core values that stress the importance of good citizenship, well rounded personal growth, and social responsibility. Command Sergeant Major Tomis Hamilton began his academic journey in a public school where he was not reaching his highest potential. “In public school, I was struggling, and I didn’t feel like the teachers cared about me or my grades personally,” he recalls. In August 2017, a shy yet poised 13-year-old boy dressed in his Civil Air Patrol uniform came to tour RMA with his family. The family was excited to “have found a private school that seemed to be the perfect fit for him.” But, the cost of tuition put RMA out of reach. Thankfully, scholarship assistance funded by donations made it possible for him to enroll. Hamilton has received awards and accolades for academics, leadership, extracurricular activities, and volunteering, while maintaining a 4.0+ GPA. His interests are engineering, robotics, and technology. Describing RMA as “his home away from home,” Hamilton cherishes his friendships with his fellow cadets, enjoys mentoring younger cadets, and gives credit to his teachers and TACs who have helped him “become the young man he is today.”

RMA has 33 scholarship funds established by donors

Last year, more than $679,000 was raised for scholarships

Captain Arnold Watkins, Alpha Company TAC, describes Hamilton as, “Very focused with a strong desire to do the right thing daily. He is a great example for others to follow and is an outstanding young man. I see great success in his future.” As Hamilton’s story unfolds, one thing is apparent; the combination of scholarships and the Academy’s goal – to transform cadets into men of sound minds in sound bodies – continues to encourage cadets to be the best they can be. Hamilton demonstrates RMA’s values, as seen through his character, integrity, and leadership. After graduation from RMA in 2022, Hamilton aspires to attend a service academy and serve in the United States Air Force.

46 partial scholarships funded by private donations in academic Year ‘19-20

“Without the commitment of the faculty and staff, as well as the generosity of the RMA alumni, family, and friends, RMA would not be such a remarkable option for young men like our son,” said Mrs. Tomika Hamilton. “I am truly a grateful and proud mom.”

For information on how to donate to scholarships, please contact Ellen DeFoor, Vice President for Advancement at 770-538-2924 or edefoor@riversidemilitary.com


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Redirected Georgia state income tax dollars resulted in 86 partial scholarships last year through the Georgia GOAL program


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Disruption is a Good Thing By: Ellen G. DeFoor

things, in a good way, including innovation in the wireless, software, and computing industries. Over the last 25 years of his career, this standout alumnus’ work encompassed a multitude of “firsts” in the world of technology – the first mobile satellite system licensed in the U.S., the first commercial phone with a web browser, the first commercial phone with an app store, and founding team member of the first phone app store, just to name a few. Today he is VP of Business Development of Brain Corp, a manufacturer of autonomous, floor-cleaning robots. The robots focus on safe navigation in public spaces, but also the collection and mapping of data to provide such benefits as cleaning, delivery, and data collection. “Expanding the uses of this innovative technology is the wave of the future at airports, shopping malls, large retail stores, hospitals and schools,” says Ross. For families considering RMA, Ross offers this endorsement,

RMA will give your son the biggest head start. We learned to be leaders in every situation. The courage and leadership I learned from my years at RMA have proven an advantage in my life. WHILE DISRUPTION MAY not be favorable when describing the supply chain, it certainly is when indicating innovation. David J. Ross, inventor and innovator, has been disrupting the status quo in the tech world for the last 25 years. A Kentucky native, Ross arrived at RMA as a freshman when Ross’ father wanted a better education for his inquisitive son. Ross suspects that his need for structure also played a part in the selection of RMA. He graduated in 1983 with the rank of captain on the battalion staff. As a kid, Ross read encyclopedias for fun. He credits Major Twomey, RMA’s physics and math teacher, for giving him the tools to explore his natural curiosity and creative side. When asked his greatest takeaway from four years at RMA, Ross states, “Leadership, and I can’t stress that enough. All of my alumni brothers have become leaders of sorts, within their own frameworks of life.” Following RMA, Ross graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and served in the United States Marine Corps. He is an inventor with numerous patents to his credit, and a leader whose career has been about disrupting 20

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David Ross shares his expertise as a partner keynote speaker at the 2019 Sense Time AI Summit in Beijing, China.


Former Board Chair & Philanthropist Named 2020 Distinguished Alumnus

By: Ellen G. DeFoor

THE LATE RUTLEDGE A. “Rusty” Griffin Jr., ‘62 has been named the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus. Because of the cancellation of this year’s Homecoming celebration, he will be honored posthumously at ceremonies in 2021. Griffin entered RMA as a freshman in 1958 from his home in Valdosta, Georgia. During his two years as a cadet, he was active in marksmanship, football, track, swimming, and wrestling. He returned to Valdosta High to play football for legendary Coach Wright Bazemore, but he never forgot the impact RMA had on his life.

In his new role, Griffin grew the company from a small family business to one that manufactured branded agricultural chemical products for major U.S. markets and over 80 countries. After decades of success, he sold the business to DuPont in 2003. His leadership and business acumen led to his appointments to the prestigious Georgia Ports Authority and the Georgia Board of Regents. He joined the RMA Board of Trustees in 2016, and the following year he was appointed chairman. He was guiding the board through strategic planning when he passed away suddenly in November of 2019.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a minor in business. After his time at UGA, he served two years in the Air Force Reserve before returning to the family business, Parramore & Griffin Seed Company. At the age of 26, Griffin became president and CEO due to the untimely death of his father.

Griffin, and his wife Barbara, enjoyed helping non-profit organizations in and around Valdosta as well as RMA. His belief in the Academy’s mission to develop young men was unmistakable, and the Griffins directed much of their support to scholarships. He wanted the same opportunity he had to learn leadership skills to be available for other young men.

2020 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees By: Jody Wilson

Ralph White Jr., '58

Track and Field | Posthumous RALPH WHITE WAS an outstanding track and field athlete who specialized in the shot put. His school record of 55’1” remains unbroken. He lettered four years and was named Most Valuable Performer his senior year. Consistently placing first or second and leading the team to win every meet, including the Mid-South Championship, White broke the previous RMA record (52’9”) twice his senior year, with two personal best throws of 54’5” and 55’1”.

Cole Cramer, '05 Wrestling

COLE CRAMER’S FIRST love was basketball as an eighth grader when he also played football and baseball. His sophomore year, Coach Matt Bohon suggested he try wrestling. Soon after reporting to the wrestling mat, he began to excel in his new sport. Undefeated in both his junior and senior year wrestling seasons, Cramer become a three-time state champion, securing each title in a different weight class (103, 112, and 119 pounds).

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CLASS REUNIONS We salute these reunion year classes with a trip down memory lane. While we are unable to gather on campus this fall, we look forward to celebrating with you soon!


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FOR 2019-2020

YOU ENRICH THE EXPERIENCE... Thanks to the incredible generosity of parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty/staff, and the many friends of RMA, more than $1.16 million was raised! WE THANK YOU!


Giving by Constituency FY2020

Alumni 21% Board of Trustees 20% Parents 16% Friends 14% Faculty/Staff 10% Board of Visitors 9% Corporations 4% Foundations 3% Alumni Council 2% Grandparents 1%

$1,167,657 FIRST TIME DONORS: 374






New Orleans & Chicago Band Trips Xbox & Playstation Bundles

Football Helmets, Equipment, & Uniforms Track Hurdles & High Jump Pit



Rapel Tower Enhancements Rifle Team Coats

Smartboards Video Production/Live Streaming



Scholarships: $679,001 Annual Fund: $267,100 Athletics: $66,210 Facilities: $47,649 Special Projects: $43,540 Commandant/JROTC: $32,457 Academics: $31,700 FALL 2020




Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends, While we cannot ignore the unpredictable times since the arrival of the pandemic last spring, we can celebrate your generosity and the good that it has inspired in all of us. During these last several months, RMA has pivoted as conditions required and demonstrated the confidence and resiliency that you would expect from a military boarding school. It is this very kind of discipline and leadership that develops our cadets into leaders of character and prepares them for life. Just as our cadets rose to the challenge of digital learning last spring, the Academy has risen to the occasion to provide a safe, secure, healthy campus within a new educational landscape. In times like these, given new challenges almost daily, many begin to reflect on what we do have, what we can control, and how we can help others. It has been awe-inspiring to witness the RMA community come together to help each other, our cadets, families, and the school, move forward. A solid foundation is essential to the long-term sustainability of any institution. In these pages, we recognize and express appreciation to all of our donors for the impact of their annual gifts made during the fiscal year and cumulative giving throughout their lifetime. Especially during these times, we have been moved by the ongoing support of many who give faithfully to RMA, year after year. You will note that we have included recognition of these loyal donors for consecutive years giving. Their ongoing commitment to the Academy is duly noted and we are deeply grateful for these enduring friendships. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. Please feel free to reach out to me at 770-538-2924 or edefoor@riversidemilitary.com with any questions or to assist with your philanthropic goals. Whatever your connection and engagement with the Academy, we are thinking of you and thank you for your support of this remarkable institution. With heartfelt appreciation,

Ellen G. DeFoor, CFRE Vice President for Advancement

Cumulative Giving Societies Cumulative Giving Societies were created to recognize some of RMA’s most dedicated supporters. These donors have given gifts during their lifetimes that have reached $10,000 or more, cumulatively, since 2002. We are deeply grateful to these donors for their long-term investment in the Academy’s mission to develop young men as leaders of character, prepared for success in life.

KEY 5+ consecutive years | 10+ consecutive years | 15+ consecutive years G: 2020 Georgia GOAL Participant | †: Deceased Those who gave during RMA’s fiscal year 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020, and have given without interruption each prior fiscal year, are recognized for consecutive years giving. For their participation, RMA includes individuals and businesses who redirect GA state tax dollars through Georgia GOAL and recognizes their support. FOUNDERS' SOCIETY ($1,000,000 and ABOVE) Anonymous Sandy Beaver † Ann L. & John F. Phelps, ‘56 COLORS SOCIETY ($500,000 - $999,999) Abraham A. Mitchell Charitable Foundation 24

Ernest T. Lopez III, ‘84 Rachel & Kenneth McKelvey BROTHERS IN BLUE SOCIETY ($200,000 - $499,999) Allyn Ayers, ‘64 † Sandy & Carlos Cervantes, ‘59 Christi & Gregory Fisher Roslyn & Pat Higdon, Jr., ‘57 Sue & W. L. “Mac” McLendon, ‘58

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FUSILIER SOCIETY ($100,000 - $199,999) Anonymous (2) Foster W. Bachschmidt, ‘06 Magda & Ruben Barahona, ‘89 Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock, in Memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ‘62 G Bobby W. Bush, Sr., ‘49 † Chris & Terry Clontz

Kristin & Brian Daniel G Robin & Britt Daniel G Stephanie & Robert Eidson G Marcia & Bernard Freeman, ‘58 Jane & Drew Horner, ‘78 G Charles A. James, ‘64 Holly & Howard Kalmenson, ‘49 Paul B. Krebs, Jr., ‘55 The Middelthon Family Jean & Staś Preczewski G

CUMULATIVE  Carl Stecker Sandy & Tim Stroyne Nancy & Andrew Talkington, ‘71 Seth Wagner, ‘56 F. Chris Whitlock LEADERSHIP SOCIETY ($75,000 - $99,999) Anonymous Shelia & Alec Fraser G Felix Gonzalez Canto, ‘86 Patty & Larry Graham Barbara Griffin & Rutledge Griffin, ‘62 † G James H. Harris III, ‘71 Nancy & Fred Kennedy, ‘64 Nwamaka & Anthony Madichie David R. Nimocks, Jr., ‘45 Rebecca & Andrew Zager, ‘88 G CORPS SOCIETY ($50,000 - $74,999) Anonymous (3) The Blake Family Charitable Foundation Jackie & Counte Cooley G Ashley P. Curington Angela & Thomas Finn G Marie & Steve Garrett Jay A. Glazer, ‘64 Paul A. Gross, ‘56 Karl R. Katterjohn, ‘64 Suzanne & Frank Maurno, ‘60 Gloria & Don Misner, ‘53 † Meg & J. Allen Nivens G Ashley “Dick” Pace, Jr., ‘37 Anne & Ward Phillips, ‘73 G Raymond Y. Thomasson, ‘69 Walters Management Company Chester A. Woodruff, ‘78 GUIDON SOCIETY ($10,000 - $49,999) Anonymous (7) Carolyn & Dennis Agnelly, ‘66 Darlene & Marc Albertson G Gary M. Alembik, ‘81 G Richard L. Alfonso, ‘81 S. David Alphin, ‘65 Terri & Mike Andrews Mark Anthony Aramark Arthur & Helen Baer Charitable Foundation Pam & Jon Baker G Rosemary & David Balos Richard F. Bates Paige & Brad Bauer G BB&T Robin Bennett G Mary & James Benson Wuzhen Bi Steve Biggers Studios Barbara & Errol Bisso, ‘61 G

Lawrence J. Blum, ‘47 † Ashley & Arthur Boisfontaine, ‘87 Paul Bolin Beth & Robert Britton Cleve Brown Bruce H. Buchholzer, ‘48 † Estate of Bobby W. Bush, Sr., ‘49, in Memory of Bobby W. Bush, Sr., ‘49 J. Jette Campbell, ‘65 Dawn & David Canniff Carroll Daniel Construction Company Lynn & Adam Carter G Jim Cavanaugh Sahinaz & Asim Cengiz Ralph & Mary Cleveland; Foundation, in Memory of Ralph W. Cleveland and in Honor of Mary R. Cleveland The Warm Jacket Fund at the Community Foundation Of New Jersey Janice & Conrad Conti, ‘58 Chassie & James Corbin G Rhonda & David Crook G Ginny & Al Crumley Sayyu & Samira Dantata Ellen & Mark DeFoor G Alexander C. Deitch, ‘98 John B. Delcambre, ‘66 Deborah & Victor Disharoon, ‘72 G Scott A. Dwyer, ‘92 G Yvonne & Jeremiah F. Eames, ‘61 Alexandra & Christian Eiroa, ‘89 Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation Joyce & Arnold Evans Fay Family Wealth Counseling Concepts Inc. Christopher D. Fay, ‘77 Anita & Antonio Feliciano, ‘81 G Beth & Ron P. Fenner, ‘66 Mary & Richard Fisher Nila & Raymond Fordyce, ‘61 Frame-Tastic LLC Sharon & Jim C. France Joseph G. Gamble, ‘44 Linda & Guy Gardner Zachary A. Garrett, ‘11 G Mrs. Leon M. Gauvreau Sabin Gianelloni, ‘55 † William T. Glisson, ‘78 Dr. Casey & Susan Graybeal G Kim & Brett Gunter Cyndi & Mufeed Haddad Zak Haque, ‘01 Michelle & John Harllee IV Lynne Henderson Sharon & Robert Hendricks Cathy & Anthony Herdener G Ira Hershkowitz Dennis Hite, ‘55 Linda & David Hock Florence & James Holson John Horne

Amber & Geoff Hurdle, ‘87 Linda K. Hurdle Martha Jacobs & John Jacobs, Jr., ‘40 † Elizabeth & Kurt Jordan Charlene & Gerard Kaiser James D. Kalmenson, ‘77 James Kaufman Dawn & Steven Keig Jason J. Klein, ‘08 Janet & Alan Kloor Melanie & Campbell Lanier Lyn & Jim LaVallee Afton & Theodore LaVallee, Sr. G Kelly & Adrian Legaspi Royal Little Family Foundation Katherine & Brian Logan, ‘92 G Nester S. Logan, ‘57 Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects Macy’s Foundation Diane & Doug Magnus Wendi & Robert Mahoney Schone Malliet Dena & Christopher Manzo G Patricia & Tony Manzo G Gina & Fredy E. Marrufo, ‘90 Laura & Edward Maxwell G Tracy Cocquyt-McKernan & John B. McKernan II, ‘88 G Karen & Jon McRae, Jr. G Leah & Jeff Merschman Ira J. Middleberg, ‘66 Glenda & Herbert Miller, ‘61 Christy & Alan Molasky Irena & Andrew Molasky Irwin A. Molasky, ‘45 † Cathy & John Moore G Brenda & Domingo Moreira, ‘63, in Memory of Domingo A. Moreira J. Stephen Morris Memorial Fund Glenda & Jim Myers Richard M. Nichols The Norton Agency Norton Family Foundation Daniel G. “Bud” Oakey, ‘75 Margaret & Tucker Olander Susanna M. Oslin Trust Whitney H. Owens, ‘79 Mary & Marc Paglia G Betsy & Russ Pearson PepsiCo Foundation Matching Gifts Program Jacquelin & James Post ProTouch Landscapes Elizabeth M. Quanstrom QuikTrip Corporation Jean Raybuck Marie Trenga & Brian Ribeiro G Jennie & Frank Rikard, ‘56 Candy & Larry Robinson Henry L. Roediger III, ‘65 Gretchen & Wyn Ruppenthal G

E.J. Salcines, ‘56 Drs. P. Ravi & Seshu Sarma Audreanna Schmidt Melanie & Clayton Sembler Jeff T. Seymour Kelly & Douglas Shaw G Ping Li & Henry Shen The Shore Family Theresa & William Simpson G Debra & Michael Sims G John C. Sipple, ‘69 Lola & Craig Smith G COL & Mrs. Howard K. Smith, ‘45 † Donna & Kirby Smith III Leslie Smith, ‘63 Emily Rees, Mike Bennink & Nicole Smith-Bennink Kelly & Stanley Smith G Sidney O. Smith Insurance Walter E. Smith, Jr., ‘58 Jorge Sosa G Pam & Kent Starke Robert H. Stoddard, ‘64 Mace & Mike Strickland G SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundations Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund Wanda & Bob Swoszowski G Anthony Tippins Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Felipe A. Valls, ‘50 James R. Van Arsdale, ‘79 Robert Van Beever, ‘56 † Walmart Foundation Rita & David Wardlaw John Watts Beth & Samuel D. Weil, ‘66 Bonnie & Jeff Weiner, ‘66 William Welbon, ‘42 † Carole & Gregory Werd, ‘56 Tammy & Kevin White G Charity & Michael Whitney Philip A. Wilheit, Sr. Amanda & Bob Willis G Jennifer Wood Keith Wood Shawn & Wayne Wunderlich Joanne & Frederick Young G

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Annual Giving Societies This comprehensive list recognizes donors who have made annual gifts during RMA’s fiscal year 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020. We extend sincere appreciation to these donors whose contributions help to enrich the experience for our cadets and enhance the centers of excellence across our campus.

KEY 5+ consecutive years | 10+ consecutive years | 15+ consecutive years G: 2020 Georgia GOAL Participant | †: Deceased Those who gave during RMA’s fiscal year 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020, and have given without interruption each prior fiscal year, are recognized for consecutive years giving. For their participation, RMA includes individuals and businesses who redirect GA state tax dollars through Georgia GOAL and recognizes their support. SANDY BEAVER SOCIETY ($5000 - $9999) Nathan City G Compass Group (Flik) Art Fordyce III, ‘72 Qian Jin Charlotte & Henry Moore Enrique D. Polanco, ‘89 James Syfan Marie & Marc Tessler, ‘64 1907 SOCIETY ($2000 - $4999) Marilynn & Ronald Andrews Wendy & Geoffrey Aring G Cynthia & David Bagley G Jennifer & Garett Bethenod G Eleanor H. Burke Tina & John Burns G Carol & Steve Burrell G Dawn & Michael Cannova G Gail & David Chester Cheyenne & Juan Dominguez Jimmy Echols Heather & Christian Egizio, ‘95 G Camilla & Russell Fagan G Ann & Mark Fitzgerald G Jack E. Frost Donna M. Grainger Debra & Charles Haines G David Hocker Michel & Brantt Hudson G Linda Hutchinson Bobbie & Richard Jacobs G Jaemor Farms Heather Johnson JW & Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation Kathryn & Dan Kaufman G Patricia & James Lane G Zhaoyu Gui & Jing Li James Malcolm, ‘86 Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries Renee & Bill O’Brien G Teresa & Louie Payne G Jennifer & Shelby Pennix, ‘93 G Dyan Spinnato & Joe Rectenwald G Suzette & Matt Reeves G Regions Bank 26

School of Design Signature Benefits LLC James Simpson Austin New & Michael M. Sims, ‘13 G The Sledge Foundation UBS Financial Services Inc. Lara & James Vaughan G Tammy & James Williams G Wilheit Family Properties PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY ($1000 - $1999) Anonymous Vanessa & Benjamin Allen G App Studios Alene C. Arenas G Atlanta Falcons Football Club Bagwell Insurance Bryan Baldwin, ‘96 G Shelia & Ronnie Baldwin G Nicole & Ed Benson G Kathy & Fred Bremer G Brenau University Britney & Zachery Brown G Nelda & Jerry Browning G Courtney & Jamie Burkley G Bill Burt, ‘60 Susan & Filemon Calderon William B. Carr C. Neal Carter, ‘57 Christopher Carter G Jefferey Chandler G Chef Wang Chinese Restaurant Emory L. Clark G Classic City Solutions, Inc. Joel W. Collins, Jr., ‘62 Jane & James Congrove G Charles H. Cook, ‘74 Kimberly & Mark Cromer G Pamela & Timothy Cummings G Natalia & Frank D’Aries Lucimeire & Lee Dickson G Deborah & Randy Dunn G Duplicating Products, Inc. Electronic Sales Company, Inc. Jay L. Elrod G Christy Estrella G Brandon Forrest G Free Chapel

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G. Mitch Freeman G Holly & Justin Gallagher, ‘90 G Michelle & Mason S. Gallivan G J. Geyer Advertising, Inc. Bobby Gillyard G Erin & Stephen Giove G Angie & Paul Green G Scott Green G Shasda & Kevin Guier G William Haag, ‘85 Steven Hadaway G Carol & Bobby Hammond G Doug Harper G Hilton Garden Inn Anna & John W. Jacobs III Elizabeth & Andrew Jobson G Judy Johnson Andrew T. Jones Maria & Chris Jones G Michael A. Keim G Clinton B. Laird, ‘61 Carl K. Lambrecht, ‘61 Ruth & William Lark, ‘64 Craig A. Levine G Michael J. Levine G Sherrie & Charles Lewis G Nan M. MacGruer G Marco’s Pizza Gail & Bob Martin G Ana & Reid Mason G Terry L. McCloskey, ‘68 Patricia & Dennis McCraven G McDonald’s Patricia Meek Metro Construction of N.O., LLC Marquita & Tim Milligan G Christian E. Mims G Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic Northeast Georgia Health System Judith Olney George Overend William Overend Brenda & Danny Palmer G Kelley & Robert Parker, ‘95 G Peach State Bank & Trust Peachtree Mens Gymnastics Norma & Alfonso Pelayo Olga Flores-Peruchini G William F. Pontius, ‘88 G

The Shirley & Leroy Raffel Family Philanthropic Fund Ramada Leigh C. Record G Restoration of North Georgia, LLC Miguel Reyes, ‘74 Tanner Riddle G Shawn McDaniel & Michael Roach Michael A. Rossi G Lenard H. Rubin, ‘60 Stephen Rutner, ‘81 Krista & Edward Sanders Raquel l. Schuttler G Julie Skaggs G Cynthia & Robert J Smith, ‘68 Specialty Orthopaedics Jennifer & James Spivey G Stewart, Melvin & Frost LLP Morton M. Tender, ‘57 Kristen Thompson G James A. Tunnell, ‘01 Turner Wood & Smith Insurance United Community Bank Franz & Marilee Vogt Family Fund, ‘62 Karen & Charles E. Williams E. David Williams, ‘65 Brittany & Christopher Williamson G Catherine & Jody Wilson G Samuel A. Wilson Jr., ‘60 G Woody’s Pharmacy Inc Jeffrey P. Zager, ‘85 RIVERSIDE SABERS ($400 - $999) Anonymous AmazonSmile Lacy & Brian Baize, ‘07 G Amanda & Ethan Barrett G Teresa & Jim Basham Bridget Bazemore G Anne Bearden Rochelle & James Brinson G Posey L. Brownlee, Jr. G Seth Brownlee G Lizabeth & Jeffrey Brubeck Sherry & Cliff Cape G Barry J. Carter G Charles M. Cassidy, ‘59

ANNUAL  David P. Chandler, ‘66 Yvonne Childs Valerie L. Chinn G Lee M. Cleaves G Charlotte & Carl Cliche Amie & Roy Close G Anne & John Conley Jo Ann Cripps G Teresa Verbraken-Crow & Ronald Crow G Amber Dodd G Rosemary Dodd Blake Edwards G Brett H. Ferguson, ‘75 Tonia & Allen Finch G Erin & Brian Finneran Suzette & Craig Fulks G Jessica & Alexander Gailey G Deborah & Harvey Gainer G Celia & Donald Gilner, ‘55 Jennifer Glassford G Jasmine Krnjetin & Jeffrey Goddard Green Street Smiles Mark Greenberg Noelle & Brian E. Greene, ‘90 Greg L. Hacker, ‘88 Susan & Michael Haley Janie & James Halliley G Rhonda & James Hansard G Andrew L. Head G Patricia & Frank Hennington G Enrique Herrero, Jr., ‘82 Lynn & James Jobst G Elizabeth & Jon Johnson Jordan D. Savage Foundation Inc. Daniel C. Kaufman G Anthony O. Kelley, ‘87 Edward M. Kessler, ‘46 Marc Kilburn G Anca & Noah King G Kimberly & Peter Knoop II J.C. Laucirica, ‘82 LotsOfCarpet.com Luna’s Restaurant Brandon K. MacDonald, ‘96 Becky Marshall G Matthews Printing Company MaxTex Shannon & William McBride III G Kevin A. McDonald, ‘82 Claire & Lauren McDonald Christy & Elijah M. Merrett G Michael Michaelis, ‘85 Joseph D. Moceri, ‘71 Kelli E. Moon G Kristen Morris G Zihan Lin-Nanni & Michael Nanni G Christine & Wilson Nunez G Nancy & Nils Okeson David B. Oxford, ‘94 Peak Performance Physicians, LLC Lisa & Lawrence Perkins G Jennifer & Stephen Peterson G

Tori & James Phillips JoAnn & David Phillips G Valda & Charles Piper, Jr. G Publix Super Markets, Inc. Elizabeth & Bob Rinderle G John P. Risley G Mariela & Phillip Roberts Connie & Donald Rock G Saleeby & Associates Juventina Santos & Antonio Santos-Quiles G John H. Shirley, ‘65 Martha Smith G Brenda & Oscar Starnes III, ‘73 G Kirk L. Swanson G Magdalena & Andrew Temple, ‘89 The Rotary Club Of Gainesville Deidre & Dennis Tinsley G Union Pacific Charity Custodial Account Jyotika Bhandarker & Saket Waghmode G Coren Flores-Wagner & Robert Wagner G Graham Ward † Robert L. Ward, ‘81 Arnold L. Watkins G Tatiana & Allen Wilson RIVERSIDE RIFLES ($399 AND UNDER) Anonymous (2) Karen & Tom Adair Yolanda & Richard Adams Richey Aiken Uzo Akpele Elizabeth & Keith Allen Rob Allen Felipe Alvarez, ‘85 American Title Agency, LTD Jessa J. Anderson Phillipa & Worth Andrews III Susie & Stan Appleton Carol Ann Armstrong Richard M. Aronson, ‘49 AT&T United Way/Employee Giving Campaign Atlanta Motor Speedway Cynthia & Timothy Atwell G Tammy & Jean Auge G. Wade Aycock, ‘57 Bridget & Christopher Badeaux Robert M. Baird, Jr., ‘83 Caleb Baker, ‘25 Eric D. Baker Shaughn M. Balezentes, ‘01 Christina & Joel Bandy Lynn S. Banks Brenda & Robert Barger G Kate & C.M. Barnette Bates, Carter & Company LLC Richard A. Baum, ‘67 George Bean

Jack Bell Beatriz Manzanilla Fojaco & Antonio Belles Ferragut Tasha S. Bergman Dana Berry Sean H. Berthelot, ‘89 Kelley & Richard Bisso, ‘85 Andrew J. Bittar, ‘86 Jennifer & Robert Blackadar Holly Blackstock JoAnn & Richard Bobb Michael J. Boling, ‘95 Benjamin K. Borden, ‘17 Robert P. Bordes, ‘69 Laurie P. Bouchard R. Nels Boutte, ‘64 Ron Bracewell Arthur Brandriff, ‘55 Richard L. Brashear, ‘56 Astrid & John Breakfield Broad River Retail Fontaine Brown Stanley E. Brown, ‘48 Louis Dean D. Bruce, ‘82 Jennifer & Robert Bruder Bryan Dinsemoore Margaret & Ted Bryant Patricia & Terry Bryant Frank A. Bucino, ‘68 John C. Bullard, ‘43 Mary Ellen Bullard Pat & Jack Burd Cara & Dennis Burns Phillip Bush Angela & Mark Butti Robert Cagle Clarisa & Christopher Campo Arthur D. Canales, ‘81 Peggy & Donna Cannella Mark E. Carlson, ‘89 Carlos Carrillo Ann & Denley Caughman, ‘66 Anne Chenault Victor C. Cherico, ‘51 Carrie & Brian Clancy Clark-Maynor LLC Heidi & Scott Clements Tally & George Cobb, ‘64 Ben W. Colson Theresa & John H. Converse, ‘67 Christopher A. Cotter, ‘88 Cotton Calf Kitchen Kelli & Darden Couch April Crawford Justin B. Creech, ‘88 John Cromartie Yvette & Migeul Cruz Alberto Cudemus, ‘62 Melanie Culpepper J. Michael Cutshaw, ‘68 Johanne Daguillard Irwin D. Dammers, ‘84 Barbara & Dan D’Amore

Rafael De Arce, ‘85 Carlos de Castro, ‘89 Angelica Guajardo & Francisco R. De la Garza Gonzalez Molly & Edmond Demarcellus Dora & Michael Dewey Brian C. Dombroff, ‘95 Jeffrey Dombroff, ‘62 Natalie A. Domingos Katherine & Sean Drucker Rep. & Mrs. Matt Dubnik Dean Dunaway, ‘62 Beth Dupree G Maggie & Uche Dureke G Lawrence Durisch Russell Dye, 87 East Bay Manuela & Manuel Espinall Barbara & Gary Evans Executive Resources NA LLC Karen & Tim Faber Jason A. Fahlbush, ‘90 Yemi & Ben Famori Xiao Jing Zhang & Hua Fang Latrice Farmer Maurita Farmer Erum Farooqi Stephanie & John Fiedler John L. Fink, ‘04 Chris Finley Domenic Fiorillo, ‘65 Nancy & G. Paul Flythe, ‘78 Kim & Peter Galan Jennifer & John Galloway Jessica & Joel Gandara Sheldon L. Gantz, ‘53 Harriette & Kinney Gause Perry Gentry Georgia Aquarium Joseph Gephart Renee & Ron Gerrell G Gfesser Family Keith Gillies Michael J. Girard, ‘84 Jenny & Bret Goddard Chan & Ken Goodgames Joe Gordon, ‘96 Robert A. Green, ‘73 Adam L. Greer, ‘88 Jacque R. Griffin Julie & Troy Gueller Iolen Guerra Jean l. Guerrier Timothy D. Guest Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company Ana Hadaway Tomika & Gregory Hamilton Vicki & James Hamlin Betty Hampton Jeff A. Harris, ‘62 Hartman Simons & Wood LLP Jessica Harvey Anne Hasselbrack FALL 2020




William E. Hasselbrack Charles N. Hawk George Hearn Kristen & Ray Hecksher James G. Hedrick Joanna & Chad Henderson Kevin D. Holwell, ‘76 Jerry Horner, ‘84 Beau N. Houck, ‘89 Cyndie & Herman Howell G Phil Hudgins Joseph Hudson Eva & Mark Hughes Holli Hutchinson Kristi & David Hutson Raniea M. Ibrahim Heather & Augustin Isernia Sally & William Israel, ‘52 David H. Jaffee, ‘69 Felicia Jeffley Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Marcela & Bradley Johns Alene & Harry Joiner Wylonda & Alfred Jones Kimberly & Howard Kapustein Karen Kastritis Marina Kaydanova Renee & Mark Keiser Michael Keith Craig R. Kerr, ‘56 Frank Kersnowski, ‘53 William R. Key, ‘97 Wendy Kidder Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Keisha & Anthony King Susan & James King Eric M. Knox, ‘58 Tyler & Michael Kohrs, ‘87 Ashley & Ross Kotkin William A. Krein, ‘58 Brady Kriegel, ‘24 George J. Laganas, ‘68 Nancy & Jody Lail G Ben H. Lancaster, Jr. Karen & Chad Landen, ‘89 Paul T. Langner William T. Langston Heather & Dwight Larson Fletcher G. Law, ‘88 Hector Laya, ‘88 Carol & James Layman James J. Leeb, ‘66 Joseph A. Leeb, ‘66 Anthony Legaspi, ‘23 Samuel Legaspi, ‘21 Mitsie & Bruce Levy Mona Lewis Tracy & Joseph Liffey Frances Lindsey Robert L. Lindsey, III, ‘80 Jiaona Jiang & Haoyi Liu Matt B. Lively, ‘96 28

Fermin Lopez, ‘87 Glenda & Patrick Lowenthal Wen & Chi K. Lu Phuong Thao Luong Jane Macdonnell Duncan MacGruer Marilyn & Joseph Mallas Shirley Marin Gordon E. Marks, Jr., ‘61 Ashley May Kelly & Ashley Maynor G Tiffiany & Olando Mayweather Paul B. McCorristin, ‘64 Lisa McDowell Lynn McKinnon David G. McManus, ‘64 O. Jon McRae, III, ‘04 Edward M. Mendoza, ‘92 Diana & Erwin Mendoza Joseph E. Miler, ‘86 Adam Mirkine Caroline & Delano Mixon Luis M. Molina, ‘99 Barbara & Roy Moore Areta & Greg Morgan G Marjorie Morris Scott Morris, ‘82 John R. Morrow, ‘72 Shari & Jared Mummaw G Youlanda & John W. Munroe G Lesly G. Murray Neelama P. Muthanna Frank Nadeau, ‘91 Beena Naz Martha & Pete Nesbitt Network For Good Jackie Newman Kelli Clay & Joseph Newsom Thang T. Nguyen Carole & John Noble, ‘55 James A. Nofi Jennifer Nunez-Banos G Richard Oates William P. Obier, III, ‘70 John H. Overton, ‘55 Will W. Page, ‘70 Cynthia & John Park, Jr. W. Daniel Pate Treina Patterson Kristy & Buck Paulk Rachel & Andrew Pedry G Erin & Chris Petrella Kenia L. Pineda Brett Player, ‘87 Deborah & Rich Pond Thomas R. Presten Primary Care Clinics of Georgia Steven L. Pugh, ‘00 Dana & Ethan Rabman Gina & William L. Ramos, ‘79 Harry S. Rapoport, ‘89 Elena & Abdullah Rasheed Susan & Philip Ratcliff

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Dan W. Rawls, ‘85 Christopher R. Reed, ‘11 Amy & Keith Richards Clyde B. Roberts,’70 Carlene L. Robinson Ashley & Melvin Robinson G Phillip A. Rocha, ‘03 Cesar Rodriguez, ‘76 Guillermo A. Rodriguez, ‘67 Barbara & Larry Rogers G Amanda E. Roper Shari & Barney Rothgery, ‘55 G Donna & Mark Rotruck Fred W. Rowe V, ‘02 Justin C. Ruhm, ‘15 Christine & Todd Rundle, ‘90 Fordusa Yusuf & Aymen Salah Cindi & Russell Samples G Tonya Sanders Raymond Santos, ‘80 Alan Savitz, ‘55 Denise & Harvey Schonwald Barbara & Karl Seeba A. G. Seelke Lauren & Eric Sherman Lorri & Michael Short Rebecca & Jeff Sibley Maggie S. Sicher Faina & David Simonson Sabina A. Sims Helen H. Singer Amy Skiles Stephanie & Johnathan Skipper Jason C. Sloan, ‘90 Mary & David Smith, ‘53 Beth & Sam Smith Frederick B. Sollars, ‘63 Solgyu Song, ‘10 William L. St. Clair Matthew W. Stanley, ‘75 Charlene & Charles Stansfield, Jr., ‘64 Lydia & Wendell Starke Charles K. Stoner, ‘82 Robin A. Stooksbury Ava & Otis Story Edward Stubenrauch Sullivan Stolier Schulze LLC Michelle Talbert Charlotte & Ken Tallmadge Fontaine M. Taylor The Sport Shop Inc. Melissa & Chris Thigpen Anne W. Thomas Tanya and Jerome Thomas Alessandra Thomazini & Melissa Wood Tyler F. Toby Suzette Toussaint Megan H. Tran James C. Trapnell, Jr., ‘45 Sue Trapnell Tracy & Mark Truslow, ‘93

Richard E. Tucker, ‘60 Kristen Turner G Max Tyson Robert Tyszkowski, ‘79 Cristina Tzilinis Steve Van De Kreke, ‘86 Anita & Jay Vannice Morris I. Varon, ‘85 Robert N. Vernay II, ‘64 Thien & Lonnie Vo Robert B. Wallace, ‘60 Crystal Ware Jim Watts, ‘85 Mitchell Watts, ‘71 Jennifer & Jeff Werstak Stacy West Valerie West Kay & Phil Westbrook Michael J. Wheatley James F. Whitaker, ‘92 Mark B. Whitaker, ‘89 Jeff Whyte, ‘82 John L. Wiggins, III, ‘70 Colleen & Douglas Williams Lyman J. Williams, ‘48 Brett M. Wilson, ‘90 Michele Wilson Jesse C. Wirick, ‘94 Julie & Christopher Witt, ‘89 Marion Woods Ki W. Yoon James C. Young, ‘78 Seannie & Ron Zappendorf Earl A. Zarbin, ‘45 Nicole & Ricardo Zuniga G


Paying it Forward By: Ellen G. DeFoor WHETHER IN GOOD deeds or terms of monetary support, the philosophy of “paying it forward” is ancient and has been shared throughout the ages in literary works, contracts, and monetary loans. It also appears in random acts of kindness every day. The concept stems from the adage that rarely are we able to truly return the benefits that others have rendered to us, but rather, providing that same benefit to someone else, in other words, “paying it forward,” is the opportunity to return the good deed. There have been many accounts that General Sandy Beaver, who served as RMA’s longest tenured president from 1913 until his death in 1969, subsidized the cost of tuition for RMA cadets whose families needed financial assistance. Many alumni know they were somehow the beneficiaries of tuition assistance, or know of other alumni who received this type of financial support. The John F. & Ann L. Phelps Endowment was recently established by a very generous donation of more than $1 million, the largest gift in RMA history from an alumnus. Its annual interest earnings will support student scholarships for tuition assistance or the Academy’s greatest need as determined by RMA’s President. John F. Phelps, who graduated from Riverside Military Academy in 1956, is certain that his mother somehow received financial

assistance for him to attend. Phelps wants young people, whose families are not able to completely cover the cost of tuition, to have the opportunity to grow and experience what RMA has to offer. The RMA Foundation was established by like-minded alumni and others focused on need-based financial assistance for deserving cadets. They are paying it forward through contributions to general scholarships, named scholarships, and scholarship endowments to support this priority. “We are incredibly grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Phelps and all of our generour donors for investing in the Academy and the cadets who wisely choose to attend,” said RMA President COL(R) Staś Preczewski. “Riverside Military Academy remains committed to providing a great return on their investments.” As you enjoy the benefits of your career or family as an RMA alumnus, parent or grandparent, there are many opportunities for “paying it forward.” For more information, contact Ellen DeFoor, Vice President for Advancement, at 770-538-2924 or edefoor@ riversidemilitary.com.

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New Indoor Batting Facility By: Ellen G. DeFoor

THANKS TO GENEROUS donors, the construction of RMA’s new indoor batting facility was completed last spring. Because of its square footage, ceiling height and material used in the structure, RMA’s baseball coach, Chad Sage, believes it has the potential of being one of the best hitting and training facilities in the state Georgia. RMA was unable to host a grand opening with a ribbon cutting last spring when the baseball season was cut short due to the global pandemic. A celebration of the new facility and those who made its construction possible will be held spring 2021, as conditions allow. Excited about the opportunity this provides cadet-athletes, Coach Sage, in his second year as head baseball coach states, “The new facility will be a huge asset to the success of RMA’s baseball program due to the amount of extra reps, position/hitting specific training, overall player development, and increased productivity on days when the weather prevents athletes from being outside. It will help build a competitive program and maximize the potential for each player.” More than $180,000 has been donated and spent on the infrastructure, construction, and finish of the interior space.


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With sincere appreciation, Mr. Timothy Stroyne, parent of alumnus Gregory Stroyne, ’19, is recognized for coordination of the project. The following donors are recognized for their contributions, which made this project a reality: Ronald Andrews Ruben Barahona, ‘89 Brad Bauer Robert Bell Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock Felix Gonzalez Canto, ‘86 Lisa D’Arcy Alex Deitch, ‘98 Endover Foundation Christian Eiroa, ‘89 Sheldon Gantz, ‘53 Joseph Gephart Susan Gilchrist Timothy Guest, ‘83 David Hernandez, ‘97 Geoff Hurdle, ‘87

Edward Kessler, ‘46 ET Lopez, ‘84 Adam Mirkine Kharis Munroe Tucker Olander Norma Pelayo Enrique Polanco, ‘89 Emily Rees Matt Reeves Michael Roach Krista & Edward Sanders Jeff Seymour James Spivey Robert Stoddard, ‘64 Timothy Stroyne


Because of Riverside... By: John B. McKernan II, ‘88

not a day that goes by that I do not hear Sergeant Beauchamp’s voice yelling, “McKernan, do the work, and leave the results up to God.” There, in one sentence, is almost the sum of my Riverside Experience. Do the work! Nothing was given to me at RMA; it was either assigned at the beginning or earned from there, and the only way to earn it was to do the work… period. The results, however, are not mine alone. In the other ear, I hear the occasionally quieter voice of Sergeant Bennett saying,

McKernan, do not forget to thank those that helped you along the way. LAST YEAR’S PASSING of Riverside Military Academy Board Chairman Rutledge A. “Rusty” Griffin, Jr., Class of 1962, made me stop and consider not just the impact that Rusty had on my life, but also the impact on both our lives that we enthusiastically attribute(d) to what we call The Riverside Experience. What is The Riverside Experience? Well, that is elusive and hard to explain, but easily understood by my Brothers in Blue. The experience is different in a good many ways for each of us, but almost singularly consistent at the same time. Perhaps, The Riverside Experience is like a fine wine in that it gets better with age. In the end, you really do not know what you take with you when you leave until you start unwittingly applying it in your life. Paraphrasing Rusty, “I was there only for a couple of years in 9th and 10th grades. I had to go home and play football in Valdosta, but I can tell you with certainty that my experience, short as it was, and my relationship with God, prepared me more than anything to be successful in this life. I would not have been able to take over the family business at age 27 without the lessons taught me there.”

In the end, I have to agree with Rusty that because of Riverside Military Academy and my own relationship with God, I was instilled with a lifetime gift that is the main reason I enjoy the family, friends, and life that I have today. Without it, I would have lost it all long ago, if I ever had any of it at all.

To the New Boy, We want you to like us and believe that you will; but, we are more concerned as to what your mature opinion of us will be, ten years from now, when you look back on your stay at Riverside Military Academy. General Sandy Beaver, President 1913-1969

General Sandy Beaver has long been quoted by those that knew him as saying, “I do not care what you think of us now. I care what you think about us ten years from now.” This quote taken out of context could be easily misconstrued as cold… even callous. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and in his own way, General Beaver hit the nail squarely on the head. When the Corps of Cadets is dismissed at graduation, and the senior class leaves campus, little remains on campus beyond the staff, discipline, structure, and the tradition ready to be instilled in next year’s young men.

On this poster, General Sandy Beaver reviews the Corps of Cadets at the Hollywood, FL, campus circa 1967.

While very little remains, much is taken and is patiently waiting for that right, often unexpected, moment to be unleashed. That moment is where The Riverside Experience and I met. There is FALL 2020








6 1. Academy Independent School District (TX) has named Chris Lancaster, ‘85 head football coach. Chris is shown pictured with his wife Amy. 2. MAJ John Denney, ‘95, has been selected for promotion to LTC. John is currently the Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Florida and is expecting to be promoted in the Spring of 2021. 3. Marty Fields, ‘85 was appointed Division Chief of Readiness and Resources for the Air National Guard Chaplaincy. He is stationed at the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Andrews. 4. Kelley and Robert Parker, ‘95 recently welcomed the birth of their son Rhys.


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7 5. Sesugh Uhaa, ‘05, known professionally as Apollo Crews, won the WWE United States Championship by defeating Andrade on May 25. It became his first title win of any kind since he officially reported to the WWE Performance Center in 2015. 6. Ashley Pace, ‘37 recently joined the Order of the Daedalians, a fraternal and professional order of American military pilots. Mr. Pace is 101 years young and has been a supporter of RMA for many years. 7. Raymond Santos, ‘80 (left) has started a new career in car sales at the Infiniti dealership in Fort Myers, Florida which is owned by John Egizio, ‘98.


8 8. Richie Binder, ‘11 recently married the love of his life, Nicole Binder. CSSN Binder is currently serving aboard the USS Lake Erie out of San Diego, California. 9. Jordan Dillard, ‘04 was named VP of Sales at Inspector Roofing and Restoration which is owned by Richard Nasser ‘03. We look forward to sharing your accomplishments and successes with your fellow alumni. Submit a class note today by emailing Jody Wilson at jwilson@riversidemilitary.com.





13 10. Petty Officer 3rd Class Karem Bahgat, ‘17 was recently featured in a Navy article. 11. Peter Musselman, ‘89, currently assigned as the Command Master Chief for Naval Special Warfare Command Unit Two and Special Operations Command Forward Southern Europe, was selected as the next command senior enlisted leader for U.S. Special Operations Command Europe. 12. Tersoo Uhaa, ‘08 was named assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Georgia football team. 13. Christopher Rosato, ‘15 won the Television Student Broadcaster of the Year Award at the 2020 Prestige Awards Banquet.

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14. McLin Sanders, ‘20 embarked on a 2,200-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine the day after RMA’s Commencement. He intends to cross 14 states on his journey up the East Coast. 15. Dr. Art Canales, ‘81 was promoted to full-professorship. Art is a professor of pastoral theology and ministry at Marian University Indianapolis.

16. Steve Pugh, ‘00 was hired as the Chief Security Officer at Twilio. 17. On December 31, 2019, LTC Scott D. Applegate, ‘87 (pictured right) retired from the United States Army after 28 years of service.



Jerome E. Hyman ‘40

Lawrence J. Blum ‘47

William R. George ‘65

John K. Burns III ‘41

Capt. Morris L. Hayes, USN(Ret.), ‘47

David M. Harris ‘68

Arlie G. Sterling Jr. ‘41

Frederick W. Kirtland ‘48

John A. Rathel ‘68

Mr. and Mrs. Miles L. Hall Jr., ‘42

Harold S. Wright ‘49

Frank M. Ottone ‘72

John S. Lamb ‘42

Robert C. Morris ‘50

Dain Kunzler ‘72

Dr. Larry R. Ludwig, ‘42

George E. Smith, Jr. ‘51

Robert M. Crout ‘77

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Thatcher, ‘42

Charles A. Wethington ‘52

George H. Beard ‘82

COL Robert S. Eddy III, ‘43

Samuel C. Talbert, Jr. ‘59

Michael C. Hagler ‘93

Mr. Bernard L. Dave, ‘43

James P. Hernon ‘59

James R. Yarborough ‘93

Charles C. Farmer, Jr. ‘43

Gordon Siefferman ‘59

James E. Tully ‘99

Raymond Hinchee ‘43

Ronnie G. Looney ‘60

Marco S. Buehler ‘04

George H. Davis III ‘44

Anthony “Tony” Rizzo ‘60

Paul Popovich ‘16

Edward N. Lamport ‘44

Philip F. Cooke ‘61

Rodrigo Soque ‘19

Robert E. Perkins, Jr. ‘44

Howard R. Whitaker ‘61

Clinton R. Lake ‘44

James G. Dunbar ‘63

Irwin Molasky ‘45

Wayne A. York ‘63

Walter K. Andersen ‘46

Norton Barchan ‘63

Mr. Louis J. Leftwich, ‘46

James S. Kot ‘64

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The Academy has learned of the passing of these alumni since the 2019 Winter edition of Reveille.


Alumni PT Group By: Jody Wilson LED BY TRACE Doetsch ‘89 and Brett Wilson ‘90, the alumni PT group has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for those looking to live healthier lives. They have created a bubble of positivity within their Facebook group that serves up daily doses of motivation as members post photos and videos of their workouts. Their goal is to be better today than they were yesterday.









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Brad Wymbs, ‘96

Richard Bisso, ‘85

Brett Wilson, ‘90 (left) & Trace Doetsch, ‘89


LTC John H. Shirley, ‘65

Mr. Frank Piedra, ‘87

Mr. Gregory F. Werd, ‘56, Chairman

Mr. John C. Sipple, ‘69

Mr. Christopher Reed, ‘11

Mr. Whitney H. Owens, ‘79,

Mr. W. Michael Strickland

Mr. James C. Young, ‘78

Mr. Wayne E. Stringer, ‘80

Mr. Jody H. Wilson,

Vice Chairman Mr. Leslie T. Smith, ‘63, Secretary

Mr. Samuel D. Weil III, ‘66

Coordinator of Alumni

Mr. Dennis M. Agnelly, ‘66

Mr. E. David Williams, ‘65

Communication and Events

Mr. Richard L. Alfonso, ‘81

Mr. Andrew C. Zager, ‘88

Mr. S. David Alphin, ‘65


Mr. Arthur M. Boisfontaine, ‘87


Mr. Bobby W. Bush, Sr., ‘49, Chairman †

Dr. Arthur D. Canales, ‘81

Mr. John B. McKernan II, ‘88, Chairman

Mr. Charles Cook, ‘74, Chairman

Mr. Conrad C. Conti, ‘58

Dr. Bryan T. Baldwin, ‘96, Vice Chairman

Mr. Ron Fenner, ‘66, Chairman

Mr. Alex C. Deitch, ‘98

Mr. Zak Haque, ‘01, Treasurer

Mr. Bernard M. Freeman, ‘58, Chairman

Mr. Stephen W. Earhart, ‘80

Mr. Dennis Agnelly, ‘66

Mr. Jay Glazer, ‘64, Chairman

Mr. Christian L. Eiroa, ‘89

Mr. Errol J. Bisso, ‘61

Lt. Col. Fred Kennedy, ‘64, Chairman

Mr. Joseph M. Gordon, ‘96

Mr. Richard L. Bisso, ‘85

Mr. Daniel “Bud” Oakey, ‘75, Chairman

Mrs. Susan Graybeal

Mr. Chris A. Cotter, ‘88

Judge E.J. Salcines, ‘56, Chairman

Mr. Patrick H. Higdon, Jr., ‘57

Dr. John B. Delcambre, ‘66

Mr. Sumner Cahoon, ‘49

Mr. Kennedy S. Judd, ‘87

Mr. Victor L. Disharoon, ‘72

Mr. Bill Glisson, ‘78

Mrs. Diana Kelly

Mr. Zachary A. Garrett, ‘11

Mr. Robert “Bob” Jones, ‘56

Mr. Richard A. Lang, Jr., ‘56

Mr. Brian Greene, ‘90

Mr. Paul Posner, ‘56

Mr. Alberto Marrufo, ‘87

Mr. Grant C. Jones, ‘93

Mr. Seth Wagner, ‘56

Mr. Fredy E. Marrufo, ‘90

Mr. Jason J. Klein, ‘08

Mr. Nizar Zakka, ‘85

Mr. W.L. McLendon, ‘58

Mr. Hector Laya, ‘88

Mrs. Betsy Pearson

Mr. Robert Lindsey, ‘80

A special thanks to the many volunteers who share their time, talent, and treasure with RMA. Our success is a result of your commitment and passion for the Academy. Thank you for all you do!

† Deceased

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“Weekdays” by Cadet Troy Bian, ‘22 This vibrant painting was selected from a hundred entries for inclusion in a year-long outdoor display in downtown Gainesville, Georgia. Read more about Bian and his creation on page 12. 36

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