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ON THE COVER: A A Battery gathers for their outfit hump it after receiving the J.J Sanchez and General Moore Awards during Parents’ Weekend. Story on page 22. ABOVE: During Mothers’ Day Ceremony at A&M College of Texas in 1956, Margaret Sears pins a carnation on Ronnie Patton ’57, 1st Sgt., Squadron 21 as Robert Sears ’56, CO, Squadron 21 looks on. Photo

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Major Nathan Anderson ’02 was a decorated Marine aviator and pilot instructor who was tragically killed while conducting a training mission near Yuma, AZ on February 22, 2012.

18 2012 Hall of Honor

Descriptions of the inductees into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor for 2012.

22 Parents’ Weekend

Recap and history of Parents’ Weekend. A listing of the individual and outfit award winners.


29 Statistics of the 2011 Aggie Band Performance Schedule

Statistics of the 2011 Aggie Band Perfomances, as well as a breakdown of performances, miles traveled, and audience size per performance.

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Managing Editor Bill Gutierrez ’91 Executive Editor Don Crawford ’64 Design & Layout Valerie Blakey ’07 Assistant Editors Juli Gesino Julie Pontikes ’95 Contributing Writers Bruce Bockhorn ’74, Ph.D. Luke Donaldson ’12 Monica Zavala ’11 Contributing Photographer Lindsey Shelburne ’11


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former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets has been selected as the new Commandant of the Cadet Wing at the United States Air Force Academy. On Thursday, April 26, 2012, the Defense Department assigned Brig Gen Gregory J. Lengyel ’85 to the Air Force Academy, a prestigious assignment that marks a return to Colorado Springs for the 27-year airman. General Lengyel began his professional military career in Colorado Springs as a satellite officer, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO. He went on to fly helicopters for special operations forces including Detachment 24, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Fairchild AFB, WA. From July 1999 to June 2001, he served as policy and strategy officer, and executive officer to the Deputy Commander in Chief, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL. At the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he served as Director of Operations and Commander, 21st Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England from July 2001 to June 2004. He is a career special operations pilot with more than 3,800 flight hours who has flown the UH-1H/N, MH-53J/M and CV-22B operationally, and has participated in contingency operations in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. 4

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During his career, General Lengyel has held command positions at the squadron level, wing level and joint special operations air component level, with more than 16 months of combat command in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He has also completed joint staff tours at U.S. Special Operations Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Further, he served as the Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO stationed in Mons, Belgium. Before his NATO assignment, General Lengyel was Commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurburt Field, FL. For his service achievements, the General has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. Prior to joining the Air Force, General Lengyel earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering technology from Texas A&M University in 1985. As a cadet, General Lengyel was a member of Squadron 10 (Titan 10) and served as 3rd Platoon Leader, Ross Volunteer Company his senior year. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1985 and was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate. General Lengyel was asked how the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets helped him for new assignment at the Air Force Acedemy. He replied by saying, “The Corps of Cadets has helped me in just about everything I’ve done in my life. I was a senior in high school accepted to t.u. on an AFROTC scholarship, but my girlfriend at the time came from an Aggie family. They pressured me to take a look at A&M, and when I watched her brother march Final Review in May 1981, I was hooked.” He went on to say, “The decision to go to A&M and join the Corps of Cadets was one of the single most important decisions of my life. It has had such a lasting impact on me that I have also convinced my two sons to join the Corps. Dan ’14 just finished his pisshead year in Falcon 16 and will be 2nd Wing Sergeant Major next year. Matt ’16 is planning to be a fish in Squadron 17 this fall.” Upon taking up his assignment, Brig Gen Lengyel will replace Brig Gen Richard Clark, who is slated to receive his second




The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Commandant’s Office, hosted a birthday party today to honor the 100th birthday of Mike C. Dillingham — a 1935 graduate of Texas A&M. Dillingham and his wife Georgia — longtime Texas A&M University supporters — enjoyed sharing cake and punch with more than 100 well-wishers during the event. The celebration was held in the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The Corps of Cadets presented him with a saber to honor his longtime support of the Corps. He and his wife Georgia celebrated with guests while aboard the “Dilly Whack,” a golf cart they donated to the Corps. Two cadets currently receive financial aid from the Dillinghams’ General Rudder Scholarships, and the couple is in the process of funding a third Rudder scholarship. This scholarship program, named in honor of former university Information courtesy of the president and World War II hero Commandant’s Office. James Earl Rudder, A&M class of 1932, star. When asked about how he was selected for such a prominent position, General Lengyel replied, “The position of Commandant of Cadets is a highly visible and very desirable job for many officers. Interestingly though, there is no application process and generally speaking, Air Force General Officers are not even asked about their preferences or desires for their next job.” General Lengyel added, “The Chief of Staff of the Air Force is the approval authority for all General Officer moves. He receives guidance from a senior staff that advises and manages the general officer force across the Service, and the CSAF receives input from his 3 and 4 star commanders, but in the end it’s the Chief of Staff ’s vote that counts the most.” General Lengyel said, “Honestly though, at this point of my career I’m not likely to get an assignment for which I am 100 percent prepared.” He also stated, “The Corps, and subsequent 27 years in the US Air Force, have prepared

provides four-year support to members of the Corps of Cadets. The couple also supports the university through several gift annuities and a significant bequest for the Corps of Cadets. “The Aggie spirit is what drives me to give back,” says Mike Dillingham, who was a member of the 1934 Texas A&M southwest conference championship baseball team. He was among the first petroleum production and engineering graduates, and his Aggie education led to a successful career in the oil drilling business. Loyal Aggie supporters, the Dillinghams have had the same first-deck season football tickets since 1967, and have attended as many baseball games as they can. Mike Dillingham also honored his wife with an Aggie sweetheart ring in April 2011 to celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary. Mike Dillingham celebrated his 98th birthday by throwing out the first pitch at a home Aggie baseball game in May 2010.

me to lead people and organizations in tough missions. This is another one of those missions.” Finally, General Lengyel concludes, “There will be much for me to learn about the Air Force Academy cadet culture and tradition. I’m not there to change that or try to make it like my experience at A&M. The cadets will determine those things themselves anyway. I’m there to provide the framework and run the organization that prepares them to succeed in becoming the best 2nd Lieutenants that U.S. Air Force Academy has ever produced.” The Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association offers its congratulations to one of its members Brig Gen Greg Lengyel ’85 on his assignment to the Air Force Academy. We are extremely proud that a former Aggie cadet is now the Commandant of one of the most prestigious military academies in the world.


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On February 22, 2012, the Aggie community lost one of its finest members, Major Nathan Anderson ’02. Major Anderson was a decorated Marine aviator and pilot instructor, who was tragically killed while conducting a training mission near Yuma, AZ. He was born in Pampa, Texas, on October 24, 1979, graduated from Amarillo High School in 1998, and received a Naval ROTC scholarship to attend Texas A&M upon graduation. While at A&M, Nathan was a member of the Corp of Cadets, Company H-1 (Raiders) and a member of the Ross Volunteer Company. Anderson graduated from A&M in 2002. During his time at Texas A&M, Anderson served as a squad leader during his sophomore year. As a junior, he served as the Company H-1 First Sergeant. In the spring of 2001, Anderson was one of the few junior H-1 cadets to apply to be Commander for his senior year. This was a surprise to no one, as Nathan had been a leader in H-1 since the moment he set foot on campus. In fact, Nathan was such a good candidate for Commander that another applicant, a buddy and friend, Jonathon Hults ’02, actually withdrew his application just before the interview process. When questioned about his reason for withdrawing his name from consideration, Hults simply stated that Nathan was the best man for the job and that he would rather follow Nathan, knowing he was the better leader for our company, than take the position himself. In the end, Nathan was chosen to be Commander of Company H-1. Before he could take the position, however, he proved he was a man of true character when his circumstances dramatically changed. During the summer of 2001, Nathan found out his then 6

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fiancée, Amanda, was pregnant with their first child. As a result, Nathan decided that to step down from the Commander position and focus on his family life. As his friend Hults stated, “Nathan realized that he wanted to be a totally dedicated and fully committed husband and father and, therefore, would not be able to also be a totally dedicated and fully committed Company Commander. He made a decision that, for most of us, would have been a difficult one, but for Nathan, it was no doubt fairly simple. He chose to step down.” Hults noted, “Nathan never did anything in his life without giving it everything that he had. He was excellence, personified.” Upon his resignation, Anderson asked David Kiser ’02, the cadet he had selected to be his Executive Officer to take his place as Commander. Kiser accepted. Kiser went on to be an incredible Commander who led the company through a very significant transitional period. Many cadets in the company felt that even though Nathan did not hold a leadership position his senior year, he was an incredible example of leadership. Nathan and Amanda were married in August 2001 and the birth of their son, Randon, followed shortly thereafter. They lived off-campus in both the fall and spring semesters of Nathan’s senior year. Hults noted, “For an average man, this would likely mean that he was less involved with our outfit, and he would have had every right to be, particularly when his son, Randon, was born.” This was not the case, however, as Nathan remained just as active as he had ever been. Hults stated that, “While the rest of us simply had to roll out of our bunks to be ready for morning activity, Nathan would have to wake up, get dressed, drive across town, find somewhere to


park on campus, and then walk to the Quad, all by 6 a.m. each day to join us in P.T. or drill or inspections. Yet he was there, nearly every single morning, with a smile on his face.” In the afternoons, when you would think that Anderson may have just wanted to go home after classes, he joined the outfit for whatever activity was planned for that day. He attended evening formation or sat with his buddies at chow and then headed home to be with his wife and son.

stated Hults. “While you would think it would be an honor to refer to him as Company Commander, I believe it is a disservice to him because he was so much more than that. He was always a leader during his time at Texas A&M, whether in title or not, but he was also a man who knew what was truly important in life,” Hults added.

Nathan graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States What is more incredible Marine Corps on is the fact that Anderson December 20, 2002. actually did end up in A happy husband and a leadership position proud father, Nathan during senior year. He began the journey to was elected by his fellow achieve his goal of R.V.’s to serve as Platoon becoming one of the Sergeant for the Meatball top Huey pilots in the Platoon. Anyone who Marine Corps. Being is familiar with the Ross the natural leader that Volunteers can tell you he was, the Huey was the that this position requires a high level of involvement, perfect fit and he gained the respect of fellow pilots and including attendance at all practices, drill competitions, Huey crew chiefs alike. and performances (parades, etc.). “Normally, as a senior R.V. without a leadership role, I would not be required After finishing in the top ten percent of his class at to attend practices,” stated Hults. “However, I became a The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia, Nathan drilling senior when I took the place of a junior R.V. who attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, where had been academically disqualified, which meant that I his second son, Cole, was born in 2003. He earned his also attended all practices and events. Since I was there wings on February 25, 2005. He then moved with his for every activity, I can personally tell you that Nathan family to Jacksonville, North Carolina, and his first was also there for every activity. I even remember one deployment was in 2007 with HMM-264 (Reinforced). practice, on a muggy Wednesday afternoon in the spring He completed two more deployments in 2008 and 2009 of 2002, Amanda had to stop by for a moment to talk with HML/A-167. with Nathan. She had Randon with her, and Nathan brought him over to introduce him to the guys. What Nathan excelled as a Huey helicopter pilot and soon a proud father he was, standing there with a huge smile became a leader in the squadron. He began to train and on his face and his baby son in his arms.” influence less experienced pilots, all the while gaining an impeccable reputation. Because of this, he was asked to Hults states, “I cannot think of a better example for become an Instructor Pilot at Marine Aviation Weapons the junior R.V.s to look up to than Nathan Anderson. and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS 1), the elite of He was already respected for his leadership within the Marine aviation unit, in Yuma, Arizona. Honorably, Corps and within the R.V.s, but his peers got to see he was acting as an instructor during a routine training that he was doing all of those things, while also being a mission when the UH-1 Huey he was on and an AHdedicated and loving husband and father. In their eyes, 1W Cobra helicopter collided in mid-air. The accident he was someone to be revered. This was a young man occurred near the Chocolate Mountains along the with his priorities straight. “As I mentioned before, California-Arizona border. He was training Marines in Nathan’s case, the truth is actually more wonderful, who were preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan at more inspirational, and more beautiful than fiction,” the time of his death. WWW.CORPSOFCADETS.ORG

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On Wednesday, February 29, the Corps of Cadets gathered on the Quad to honor Major Nathan Anderson. John Kriel ’03, a former Marine and cadet under the command of Anderson, said, “He put himself second after his country. He was training people in a combat zone … trying to better the other Marines to have success, which is something I think all Marines hold highly, to look out for their fellow Marines.” In addition, Kriel read a letter written by 2003 H-1 Commander Chris Snyder to the current H-1 cadets. In the letter, Snyder said “Anderson didn’t need to yell to command respect. He did it with sheer presence,” Snyder wrote. “Anderson was a physical specimen; big and intimidating. Not once in the outfit or in the Ross Volunteers, or working on the Bonfire or anywhere else, did I ever see him fall out of a run, do one less push-up than the guy he was pushing with or ask anyone to do something he wasn’t willing to do himself.” Kriel said he read the letter to make sure that the members of H-1 knew what kind of guy they were standing out there honoring.

Cadet Marquis Alexander ’13, next year’s Corps Commander, said the news of Anderson’s death hit him hard because the two had a lot in common since they were both Marines and members of Company H-1. “It instills a sense of pride in you,” Alexander said. “I’m in the same organization he was in. I share the same beliefs he had. To know that he was doing that to help his country, to help me,” Alexander added. “It is overwhelming that 8

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some people are willing to give everything for people they don’t even know,” stated Alexander. He also said, “It takes a strong will to volunteer in the face of a war.” Anderson inspires me want to stand up and do my part.” He concluded by stating, “[It’s] an honor to call myself a Marine after him, to follow in his footsteps. I hope that I could live up to the expectations and the standards he set for himself. I know he is greatly missed.”


Within just a couple days of hearing the news of Anderson’s death, H-1 Commander Brandon Sims ’12 requested that an Echo Taps be organized in honor of Major Anderson ’02. “H-1 ‘Rough Riders’ are here to support Nathan’s family and fellow Marines whichever way we can,” Sims said. “We will honor the sacrifices he made, and the memory of him,” he added. Cadet Sims also noted that Major Anderson was the third former Company H-1 member to be killed in the past four years. Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, twenty-six Aggies have lost their lives. Sadly, Anderson is the most

Nathan Anderson is remembered as a man who embodied the quiet confidence of a born leader, never bragging, always approachable, sweetly smirking and loved by everyone who knew him. He not only saved lives – literally – but he also inspired people to be better husbands, fathers and Marines. After his death, messages from those who served with him contained a


single theme – he was the kind of man everyone aspired to be. Major Nathan Anderson’s ’02 awards and decorations include: an Individual Air Medal for heroism, two Air Medals with Strike Flight Numeral, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, a Navy Unit Commendation with bronze star in lieu of second award, a National Defense Service Medal, an Iraqi Campaign Medal with two bronze stars for subsequent deployments, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars for subsequent deployments. He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and two sons, Randon Cooper Anderson (10 years) and William Cole Anderson (8 years).

CORPS CENTER GUARD REUNION On Saturday, February 25, 2012, current and former members of the Corps Center Guard (CCG) along with special guest gathered and celebrated 20 years of service to the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. Corps Center Guard cadet leadership approached the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association earlier in the year for help with their event. Cadets and the CCA staff contacted former CCG members and special guests which in turn registered online via an event website created specifically for the reunion by the CCA. The reunion began with current cadets mingling with guests inside the Corps Center museum. In attendance were several current Corps Center Guard members, past members, and special guests. First Sergeant Darrell Cassle, Cadet Training Officer (CTO), Office of the Commandant, delivered a brief speech to a captive audience, lauding the achievements and dedication the current unit displays.

ECHO TAPS The Corps of Cadets holds a ceremony called “Echo Taps” on the Quadrangle when there is a tragic event in which cadet leadership deems it appropriate. This ceremony is held to honor a fallen Aggie, fallen Aggies that are no longer students at Texas A&M or honor victims of a specific event. Silver Taps is held for current students that have passed away. Echo Taps has been held for Maj Nathan Anderson ’02, USMC and the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings in the spring of 2007. Annual Echo Taps ceremonies are held to honor the NASA Astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and honor the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Echo Taps at Texas A&M is held on the Quadrangle at 10:00 p.m. the evening of the ceremony. For the ceremony, the Corps falls out and forms up along the length of the Quadrangle, a Texas Aggie Band bugler is posted at the bugler stand megaphone on the south end and the other is located on the north end of the Quadrangle near the arches. Cadets salute and the bugler on the south end plays the first 3 notes of “Taps” then the bugler on the north end echoes. The pattern of “call and response” is played by both buglers until the end of “Taps.”

The Corps Center Guard was established by Joe Fenton ’58 in 1992. The CCG is a special unit composed of four platoons of cadets. The cadets are assigned to a specific specialty such as A&R (accession and research), photography, and tours. These cadets dedicate themselves to learning and presenting the heritage of the Corps at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The 2011-2012 Corps Center Guard Commander, Aneesa Castañeda ’12, stated that it has been an honor to serve in the unit. “The 20th Reunion was a very special event and it was even more special to see and meet all the former cadets that served in the unit,” she added. Current CCG members presented their former advisor Lisa Kalmus ’93, Corps Museum Curator, with a special gift. A highlight of the event was a presentation of a slide show to guests. Every attendee received a special Corps Center Guard coin and the event concluded with all reunion attendees doing the Corps Center Guard hump-it. If you would like help with your reunion or special event, feel free to contact CCA staff member Monica Zavala ’12 at monica@ or call us toll free at 877-892-4222 ext. 804


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CADET NEWS CADETS PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION PROGRAM Twenty-four cadets and Colonel Byron Stebbins ’78, USMC, [Ret.], Assistant Commandant of Operations, took an 8-day trip to the Philippines during Texas A&M’s spring break as part of the Corps of Cadets International Excursion Program. The purpose of the program is to give cadets international exposure. The Corps of Cadets began sending cadets on such international excursions in 2009 and has been doing the trips on a consistent basis ever since. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Corps sponsored 3 international excursions: one in December to Qatar, this trip to the Philippines, and a trip to South Korea in May. Each excursion consists of approximately 25 cadets and 3 advisors.

to the trip to learn the cultural knowledge they will need to effectively interact cross-culturally. The excursion itself is structured in such a way that both cadets entering the armed forces and cadets entering the public and private sectors will find value in the trip.

For the military-minded cadets, the excursion included a visit to the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City, a visit to the tunnels of Corregidor, and a visit to the path of the Bataan Death March. In addition, the cadets concentrated on learning about U.S. military action in the Pacific Theater during World War II throughout their visit. While at the Philippine Military Academy, the cadets had a chance to visit with Filipino cadets and to learn a different perspective International exposure is of great value to the cadets as about military education. “What is interesting is that some many of them have never been outside the State of Texas or of the cadets come from islands that are involved in Muslim the continental United States. In addition to the experience rebellions. By going to the Military Academy, they that the trip itself offers, cadets also attend sessions prior risk not being able to go back home because their friends or family involved in the rebellions will not accept them or even possibly be violent towards them. That is a major sacrifice,” said Cadet Micah Hignight ’12 of B-Company. The cadets also had the privilege of visiting the tunnels on Corregidor, the site where General George Moore ‘08 held his famous Aggie Muster during the Japanese siege of the island. “When we toured the tunnels, the guide pointed out that there was still shrapnel in the walls from Japanese grenades. Seeing this enduring damage brought home the stories of the battles that took place on the island,” recounted Hignight ’12.


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Diplomatic-minded cadets were able to visit the U.S. Embassy in Manila. The cadets had first-hand exposure to United States foreign policy with the opportunity to speak with U.S. officials about the relationship between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. Private sector motivated cadets also experienced their area of interest in Philippines as the excursion visited the Baguio City Economic Zone. “This is basically a zone in which imports are not taxed as long as they are used to produce exports,” said Hignight ’12, “…because of this there is a large amount of economic activity in this area and, in fact, Texas Cadets pose with cadets from the Phillippine Military Academy. Instruments is even incorporated there.” In addition, the cadets learned from a fellow CADET PARTICIPANTS Aggie from a personal perspective. “One thing really stood out that contributed greatly to the experience of the cadets Sean Fiorella ’12 was the presence of Colonel Stebbins. He had a substantial Steven Futch ’12 amount of knowledge about the Philippines and was always Tina Hill ’12 helpful,” added Hignight ’12. Overall, the cadets that traveled to the Philipines enjoyed an amazing, life-altering journey. They were exposed to a part of the world they might not otherwise have ever been able to visit. This kind of experience leaves you with a new sense of purpose of enlightened perspectives on the world. The Corps of Cadets is all about experiences and using those experiences to enhance one’s life, including unexpected opportunities like this one. Thanks to all of those who make it happen.

Micah Hignight ’12 Denise James ’12 Marisela Spangler ’12 Alan Tsuruta ’12 John Welkener ’12 Frances Withrow ’12 Joseph York ’12

Zachary Albrecht ’13 Derek Bull ’13 Bryson Sutterfield ’13 Alfredo Tellez-Giron III ’13 Garrett Williams ’13 Craig Endert ’14 Timothy Erb ’14 Richard O’Brien ’14 Alejandra Ortiz ’14 Andrew Owen’14 Joshua Rivera ’14 Samantha Vargas ’14 Christopher Larson ’15 Nicholas Mogensen ’15


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Col. Dan Gower ’70 - served 27 years as a Medical Service Corps aviator. Retired in 1998.

ON THE RIGHT - 1LT Bryce Klein ’09 in Kuwait

In June 2011, he served as a volunteer field producer with Arrowhead Films and flew for 30 days with Charlie Company (DUSTOFF) 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan filming their heroic actions to save American Marines and Afghanistan civilians. The picture was taken at Camp Dwyer, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, June 2011

CPT Jonathan Okonek ’07 receiving two Army Commendation medals at FOB Masum Ghar, Afghanistan

Aggies from 1-82 Field Artillery, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, from Ft. Hood, Texas at Camp Echo in Iraq. LEFT TO RIGHT - 2LT Eric Johnson ’09, 1LT Travis Carmical ’08, 1LT Dave Hapney ’09, Major John Williams ’97, Captain John Meehan ’06

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A RETURN TO RICE STADIUM Bruce F. Bockhorn, PhD, AIA ‘74


itting along the edges of its campus on South Main, Rice Stadium has been the host of Rice University football for 62 seasons. Brown & Root originally constructed the stadium in an amazingly short time span of nine months so that the facility would be ready for the 1950 Rice University football season. Over time, this venerable stadium has seen many a great contest on the gridiron that makes up part of the traditions of Rice University, as well as being a part of Texas history. It also became part of our nation’s history when on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy used it as a platform to challenge the nation to land a man on the moon. I was honored to attend the speech, which in retrospect was an historic occasion, with some of my best friends from my neighborhood. As a young boy growing up in Houston, each fall brought the opportunity to attend the Texas A&M versus Rice University football game at Rice Stadium. For more than a decade beginning in 1957, the Aggies had a contract to play this contest at Rice. Despite the game being played in Houston, it was more like a home game for the maroon and white clad team as more Aggies attended as ‘visitors’ than the actual ‘home’ team. The game was traditionally held on the Saturday afternoon before the Thanksgiving game against the University of Texas. 14

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For me, the opportunity to spend the day with my father, Harold Bockhorn ’39, going downtown to see the Corps of Cadets parade, followed by the football game in the afternoon, created a host of cherished memories. Often the day was sunlit and there was a strong fragrance of fall in the air. While I was a devoted football fan, the chance to see the Aggie Band perform was the m a j o r attraction. I remember when Albert Tijerina ’65 led the band for their performance in the fall of 1964, and then later seeing a picture of him taken on that day in the Texas Aggie magazine. As it is with many Aggies, the Texas A&M vs. Rice game became a family tradition. As a senior in the Aggie Band, I was honored to serve as a drum major and to have my family in attendance as I led the band into Rice Stadium. In fact, the drill performed on that Saturday afternoon, November 17, 1973, was my creation. While the Aggies were outscored that day, our drill was performed well and was wellreceived by the crowd. Unfortunately, most people in attendance that day remember that afternoon for the performance of the Rice Marching Owl Band. Known as “the MOB”, their ‘performances’ had become satirical take–offs on many subjects. On that day, they went too far as they insulted the rich traditions of Texas A&M, including Silver Taps and Muster; but that is a story for another time.


Since then, I have returned to Rice Stadium for numerous events including Drum Corps International performances along with football games. Yet, the most unique return occurred this past December 28 when I went for an early morning ‘performance’ of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. The Aggie Band arrived at 7:00 a.m. amid a heavy fog of the early morning hour to prepare for their pre-game and half-time performances at the Meineke Car Care Bowl game later that day at Reliant Stadium. The stadium, with a capacity of 70,000, was virtually empty except for a few members of the Rice music faculty and staff, several parents of current band members, the band directors and my wife, Carobeth. All total there could not have been more than 20 ‘fans’ or ‘observers’ present that morning. Standing alone in the stands with so few people in a stadium that has held thousands of fans to witness the gridiron clash of the Owls and Aggies, I took note of how the spectacular sound of the 330 plus cadets of the Aggie Band radiated

off the concrete walls. Their music reflected back off the blank, stark concrete of the empty stadium grandstands and gave the drill an unusual surround sound. Even with the early morning hour and the empty seats, the Aggie Band performed beautifully, just as if the stadium was full of fans. I wondered what those living in homes around the campus thought of hearing the Aggie War Hymn pouring out to them so early in the day. When the band formed its signature block “T” at the end of their rehearsal, I took a picture that formed a striking image. Seeing the full Aggie Band in all its khaki glory was a magnificent moment, yet my mind was filled with only those recollections of sun splashed afternoons from days long passed. I was magically transported back to decades before any of these cadets were even born, and I was embraced by fond memories of when it was an annual event to see the cadets end their drill at Rice Stadium with this renowned formation. While the Aggies have since moved on from the days of the SWC to the Big XII and now on to the SEC, their performances that morning at Rice Stadium stand out because of the unique atmosphere. Seeing the Aggie Band that day allowed this former member to remember with affection the joy of being a cadet in the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. The early morning practice reinforced the privilege of being able to march so proudly at this grand facility that still commands attention along South Main Street.


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The Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association hosted the current Sophomore Class at the 5th annual Sophomore Supper (formerly known as the Sophomore BBQ). This year, the Class of 2014 was treated to Freebird’s for dinner. The event was held at the Texas A&M Student Recreational Center’s Archery Room on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Cadets had the opportunity to enjoy some time without fish or upperclassmen. The cadets also had the opportunity to compete against each other in “sumo” wrestling. The band dominated against the other units in Corps. Events like these are made possible by the generous donations of CCA members.


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Since 1993, the Corps Hall of Honor has paid tribute to former cadets whose lives have exemplified the Corps’ fundamental values of: honor, loyalty, service, pride, patriotism, faith, leadership and honesty. Each year, inductees are selected by a committee that reviews the nominations. Nominations can be submitted by anyone who wishes to have a person recognized. This year, seven former members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets were inducted into the Corps Hall of Honor during a special ceremony on Saturday, April 14th. These gentlemen were selected because they have lived a life that exemplifies the Aggie Spirit. These inductees join 88 members of the Corps of Hall of Honor. Each honoree was awarded a plaque to be placed on the wall in the Hall of Honor in the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The 2012 former cadet inductees to the Corps Hall of Honor:

Captain Eli L. Whiteley ’41 Captain Eli L. Whiteley ’41 received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a doctorate degree in soil physics from Texas A&M and his master’s degree in agronomy from North Carolina State. While a cadet, Whiteley was a member of the Headquarters Troop, the Cavalry and the Agronomy Society. In 1942, six months into his studies for his master’s degree, he joined the United States Army where he served as a First Lieutenant in Company L, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division.

the Medal of Honor – one of seven Medal of Honor recipients from Texas A&M – for his exceptional bravery and valiant leadership in the savage house-tohouse battle through the fortress town of Sigolsheim, France, in December 1944. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in 1945. After World War II, he returned to North Carolina State where he completed his degree in 1948. He also received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M. After receiving his doctorate, Whiteley remained at Texas A&M and dedicated his life to teaching and research. His researched focused on plants, including important work with the kenaf plant and soil management. Eventually, Whitely was named a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

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currently on display. A memorial park and dormitory at Texas A&M are named after Captain Whiteley. Major Hughes “Buddy” Seewald ’42 Major Hughes “Buddy” Seewald received his Bachelor Degree of Science from Texas A&M in 1942. As a cadet, Seewald served as Commanding Officer of First Squadron Staff and held the rank of Cadet Major. World War II mobilization prompted early graduation for his class and cut short his study of Veterinary Medicine. Awarded a regular Army commission, Seewald was assigned to the 1st United States Cavalry and taught equitation at Ft. Riley, Kansas pending his unit’s deployment to the Pacific. He was severely wounded during the Allied liberation of the Philippines as he was securing a bridge across the Pampanga River on the island of Luzon. After his heroic action recovering the dead and wounded during the evacuation, Seewald was promoted to the rank of major and was later awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. After spending almost two years in military hospitals, he left the Army with a medical discharge. After leaving the Army, Seewald returned to Amarillo and entered the oil and gas business. He was also an active rancher, and he and his family raised and showed Morgan horses. In addition, he has always been a staunch supporter of the Corps of Cadets. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Corps Development Council and funded 12 Sul Ross Scholarships. Importantly, Seewald was one of four who pledged the initial funding for the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center and co-donated funds for the Parsons Mounted Cavalry Headquarters Building located at Fiddler’s Green. He was also very instrumental in the establishment of the Parsons Mounted Cavalry and was heavily involved in restoring the cavalry tradition at Texas A&M.

Donald A. Adam ’57 Donald A. Adam ’57 received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1957. As a cadet, Adam served on the 2nd Regiment Staff and held the rank of Cadet Major. Following graduation, Adam served in the U.S. Army for three years and achieved the rank of captain. In the mid-1980s, Adam formed a realty company, TAC Realty Inc., which led to the formation of the company that handled the construction for the Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial Project. He has remained involved at A&M by serving on the Texas A&M VISION 2020 Committee, the Chancellor’s 21st Century Council of Advisors and the President’s Council of Advisors. Maj. Gen. H. Hale Burr ’65 Maj. Gen. H. Hale Burr ’65 was born in Kingsville, Texas, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Texas A&M and his master’s degree in international relations from the University of Arkansas. As a cadet, General Burr was a member of Squadron 7. He served as the Supply Sgt. his junior year on Corps Staff. During his senior year, he served as Deputy Corps Commander, Senior Class President, and was a member of the Ross Volunteers Company. He was a Distinguished AFROTC Graduate, received the Chicago Tribune Award for Outstanding ROTC Cadet, and the AFROTC Summer Camp Vice Commandant Award. During his distinguished 31 year career in the United States Air Force, he served two combat tours in the Vietnam War. He flew over 500 combat missions and 1,100 combat flying hours. General Burr has


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commanded an F-15 tactical fighter squadron, an F-15/T-33 tactical fighter training wing, an F-16/F-4 tactical fighter wing and a numbered air force, and served as the deputy commander for a joint task force in the Persian Gulf. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the F-4, F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft. His final assignment before his retirement in 1997 was as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Burr’s military awards include 2 Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 32 Air Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal. General Burr is an active member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association. LTG John A. Van Alstyne ’66 LTG John A. Van Alstyne ’66 received his Bachelor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science degree in military science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and his Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College.

Later, LTG Van Alstyne served as G3, I Corps; Commander, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division; Executive Officer to the DCSPER of the Army; and Chief of Staff, 24th Infantry Division during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. As a general officer, he served as Assistant Division Commander, 1st Armored Division; Director of Operations, U.S. Southern Command; Vice Director for Operations, Joint Staff; Commanding General, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina; Deputy Commanding General, Army Training and Doctrine Command and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. Following his retirement in December, 2002, Van Alstyne served as Commandant of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University until January 2010. Currently, he is an executive professor at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. General Van Alstyne is an active member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association. W. Michael Baggett ’68

W. Michael Baggett ’68 received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas A&M. As a cadet, Baggett was a Yell Leader and a member Squadron 11 (Fightin’ 11) and served as Adjutant/ Inspector General on 3rd Group Staff, 1st Wing. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School, graduating Cum Laude. He served as As a member of the Corps of Cadets, General Van Alstyne commissioned from Texas A&M as an a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and Infantry officer in 1966, his Company grade duty received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. included assignments in the Berlin Brigade; the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; the 82nd Baggett went on to clerk for Judge Price Daniel, Texas Airborne Division; and the 3rd Armored Division Supreme Court from 1973 - 1974. He has successfully in Germany. During field grade years, he served in argued six cases in front of the Texas Supreme Court, the 1st Cavalry Division, commanded 2nd Battalion, all of which resulted in published opinions. He has 22nd Infantry in Germany; and was G3, 8th Infantry also tried over 50 commercial cases at the trial level. Baggett is a well-known author of widely-used legal Division. books and is a lecturer at judicial conferences, bar associations, law schools, trade and industry groups. 20

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Significantly, Baggett’s legal publications have been energy companies. He ultimately served as President cited as authority by 12 appellate courts. and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Exploration Company – a company focused on the discovery of Mr. Baggett has served as Chairman and CEO of American oil and gas. Winstead Attorneys from 1992 through 2006, and is presently Chairman Emeritus and Shareholder. In 2010, Flores was elected to the U.S. House Under his leadership, Winstead grew from an of Representatives and officially sworn into the established Texas law firm into a top-tier regional law 112th Congress in 2011, representing the 17th firm with offices throughout Texas, North Carolina Congressional District of Texas. He is an instrumentand Washington, D.C. rated private pilot with more than 2,400 hours of pilot-in-command time and is a major contributor to Baggett has held offices in the Texas A&M Foundation, the Wounded Warrior program. the Association of Former Students, the Texas Aggie Bar Association, the Dallas A&M Club, the 12th Man Flores is a Past Chair of The Association of Former Foundation and the Corps of Cadets Development Students and has served on the Texas A&M Private Council. Baggett was awarded the Association of Enterprise Research Center Board, the President’s Former Students Distinguished Alumnus Award and Board of Visitors, the 12th Man Foundation Athletic was also named an Outstanding Alumnus Award Ambassadors Council and the Mays Business School from Mays School of Business. Mr Baggett is an Development Council. He received The Association active member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets of Former Student Distinguished Alumnus Award in Association. 2010. Congressman Flores is an active member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association. Congressman Bill Flores ’76 President George Bush, 41 Congressman Bill Flores ’76 received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas A&M and his Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. As a cadet, Congressman Flores was a member of Squadron 2, (Gator 2), served as Corps Staff Adjutant, was a member of the Ross Volunteer Company and served as Trial Council on Cadet Court. He served as Vice President of the Memorial Student Center and was elected Student Pictured above is President George Bush, 41 during the ceremony in which he became the first Honorary Lifetime member in the history of the Texas Aggie Body Vice President. He was also selected as Who’s Corps of Cadets Association. President Bush is pictured with CCA Board Who Among Students in American Colleges and member John Bonn ’79 and CCA Executive Director Don Crawford ’64. Universities. In addition to the seven former cadet honorees, former President George Bush, 41 was also inducted After receiving his Texas Certified Public Accountancy into the Hall of Honor as an honorary recipient. After (CPA) in 1978, he worked in the energy industry for Dr. Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary nearly three decades. During that time, he served as and former Texas A&M president, President Bush a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer becomes the second person to be inducted as an and Chief Executive Officer for several successful honorary member of the Corps Hall of Honor. WWW.CORPSOFCADETS.ORG

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Parents’ Weekend Through the years, the Texas A&M tradition of honoring mothers and parents has been designated as Mothers’ Day, Mother and Dads’ Day, Parents’ Day, Parent Appreciation Day, and Open House. Presently, it is called Parents’ Weekend. Until 1974, an Aggie Mother of the Year was selected by the A&M Student Life Committee. In time, the Texas A&M student body began selecting an outstanding couple to honor as the “Aggie Parents of the Year”. After World War II, Texas A&M College traditionally held mother’s or parents’ programs on the second Sunday in May. The weekend long activities included unit flower-pinnings, a military review, dorm inspections and awards ceremonies. Presentation of awards took place on the Main Drill Field, now Simpson Drill Field. Ceremonies were subsequently moved to Kyle Field in the early 1970’s. These award ceremonies consisted of individual cadet awards and citations as well as unit awards and citations. In 1969, graduation was moved to early May and the annual Mothers’ Day program was moved to April. Today, Parents’ Weekend consists of many activities including: flower-pinning ceremonies, military reviews, All University Awards, Corps special unit performances, and cadet and unit awards. The traditional flower-pinning is one of the oldest traditions at Texas A&M and traces it roots to the Corps of Cadets. The ceremony can be traced back to late April 1909 when Colonel R.T. Milner, President of the A. & M. College, held the first known ceremony in front of Old Main prior to a chapel service. The ceremony later became a highlight of the Mothers’ Day weekend festivities and has continued to be a traditional part of today’s Parents’ Weekend activities. The ceremony is conducted by the outfit commanding officer’s mother who has the privilege of pinning on a carnation to each member of the outfit. If the cadet’s mother is living, a red carnation is pinned. If she is no longer living, a white carnation is pinned.


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Parents’ Weekend Awards

ROTC Cadre Award Army MAJ Eric Weeks Navy/Marine LT Spike Lamson Air Force Maj Warren Cohn

The Kelly Castleberry Memorial Award Joshua Dennis

Outstanding Corps Staff Officer Award Luis Cristo

Outstanding Major Unit Commander Award Dalton Fuss

Outstanding Outfit Commander Award Sean Fiorella

Outstanding First Sergeant Award Chris Newhouse

Outstanding Freshmen Awards Best Drilled - Brendan Hill Most Outstanding - Joel Thompson

Outstanding Sophomore Awards

Best Drilled - Brynn Hatch Most Outstanding - Jeff Covell


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Major Commander Cords

Corps Commander Marquis Alexander Deputy Corps Commander Bryson Sutterfield 1st Brigade Aramis Brewington 2nd Brigade Anthony Seitz 3rd Brigade Ryan Ochoa 1st Regiment Scott Lovett 2nd Regiment Andrew Johnson 1st Wing Cai Benavides 2nd Wing Matthew Koestner 3rd Wing Frank Marquette Band John Barton

Reserve Officers Association Award Army Clayton Farrar Houston Engelke Paul Jordan Navy Brandon Sims Jonathan Berry Kyle Leonard Air Force Micah Hignight Marcus Perez Austin Crockett

Daughters of the American Revolution Medal Army Jacquelyn Apodaca Marine Corps Kristan Volk Navy Christopher Kenison Air Force Andrew Petering

Veterans of Foreign Wars ROTC Medal Army Manuel Hernandez Gavin Moore Konner Wallace Navy Alexander Schirripa Aaron Cranford Netan Pruthi Air Force Paul Ferris Nicholas Parrish Chase Lookofsky

Outstanding Scholastics Officer & Outstanding Scholastics Sergeant Officer - Ethan Collamer Sergeant - Clay Matcek

Olin E. Teague Soldier Statesman Award Army Jordan Hancock Marine Corps Connor O’Sullivan


Cy Bullock Ryan Ochoa 3rd Wing Jose Contreras Chelsey Morris Band Stephanie Turner John Barton

American Legion Award Military Excellence Army Michael Grubb Christopher Kostoff Navy Connor O’Sullivan James Perkins Air Force Matthew Feltmann Derek Bull Navy Travis Garrett Air Force Joshua Weston

The Colonel Woodall Saber Award Bryson Sutterfield

The Bruce Dean Goodrich Award Garrett Perez

Outstanding Drill and Ceremony Cadets Corps Kyle Machen Bryson Sutterfield 1st Brigade Elizabeth Villanueva Hayden Smith 2nd Brigade Denise James David Rubin 3rd Brigade Andrew Piland David Guvernator 1st Regiment Ren Tsuruta Scott Lovett 2nd Regiment Robert Pipes Matthew Lueders 1st Wing Izumi Colquitt Anthony Carey 2nd Wing

American Legion Award Academic Excellence Army Brent Woodall Richard Fink Navy Matt Riley Johnathan Marks Air Force Kaylee Ahnberg Heather Ortega

Association Award Army Dalton Fuss Navy/Marine Corps Alexander Schirripa Air Force Dane Richards

Sons of the American Revolution Award Army Alexander Morris Marine Corps Matthew Pacholczuk Navy Robert Cresap Air Force Shaquille Gould

Society of American Military Engineers Award Army Jonathan Duran Navy/Marine Corps Travis Garrett Air Force Maxwell Anthony

Outstanding Academic

National Sojourners Award Army Jay Hicks Marine Corps Ethan Pagel Navy Johnathan Marks Air Force Nicholas Matcek

Military Officers Association of America Award Army Anthony Seitz Marine Corps Ethan Pagel Navy Maximiliam Leutermann Air Force Frank Marquette

National Defense Industrial


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Zachary L. Davis Award

Brian Smith Chris Manchigiah David Nelson Air Force Ryan Reed Kamden Collotzi Stephen Wenzel

Cain Boot and Saber Awards

James Pruett Whitman ’46 Scholarship

Senior - Connor O’Sullivan Junior - Lane Golden Sophomore - Ashley Riggs Freshman - Philip Cho Memphis Diangelis Joshua Davis David Alexander Matthew Harris Connor O’Sullivan Jan-Ernst Young Marshall Atwood Alexander Benson Alex Clawson Kyle Krakoski Steven Brown Shahrum Iqbal Clayton Kruger

Hellcat 9 ’68 Boots and Saber Award Spencer Le

Military Order of the World Wars Award Army Sarah Bajkowski Joseph Wade Per Johnson Marine Corps Joshua Dennis Brynn Hatch Brad Bosserman Navy 26

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First Place: Company H-1 Second Place: Company P-2 Third Place: B Company

Paintball Competition First Place: A Battery Second Place: Company K-2 Third Place: Company F-2

Cadet Challenge Competition

First Place: Company H-1 Second Place: Company K-2 Third Place: B Company

O.R. Simpson Honor Society Saber

Army Marching Competition

Zachary Habersang

First Place: Company C-1 Second Place: Company A-2 Third Place: Company K-1

Corps Academic Mentor Awards

O. R. Simpson Drill Competition

Dr. Karly Mooney Marcia Drost Katie & Daryl Marek

Outstanding Military Advisor SFC Sergio Nave

First Place: Company C-2 Second Place: Company E-2 Third Place: Company N-1

Butch Baldridge Competition

Bloody Cross Competition

First Place: Company 12 Second Place: Company 21 Third Place: Company 2

Obstacle Course

Outstanding Scholastic

First Place: Company H-1 Second Place: Company K-2 Third Place: Company K-1



Brigades: Company D-2 Regiments: Company C-2 Wings: Squadron 20 Aggie Band: A Battery

Outstanding Overall Units Brigades: Company B-2 Regiments: Company H-1 Wings: Squadron 21 Aggie Band: B Company

2011-2012 Outstanding Color Guard

1ST Brigade Color Guard

The President’s Flag 3RD Wing

The Buchanan Award First Place: Squadron 20 Second Place: Company V-1 Third Place: A Battery

George P.F. Jouine Award First Place: Squadron 20 Second Place: A Battery Third Place: Company H-1

General Moore Outstanding Unit Award First Place: A Battery Second Place: B Company Third Place: Squadron 20

Robert M. Gates Public Service Award Company L-1

The J.J. Sanchez Award First Place: A Battery Second Place: A Company Third Place: Squadron 8

Bruno A. Hochmuth Award First Place: B Company Second Place: Company N-1 Third Place: A Battery

The Commandant’s Flag First Place: Company N-1 Second Place: Squadron 20 Third Place: Company F-2


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STATISCALLY SPEAKING The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band Completes a Record Season in 2011


The statistics for the senior class 2012 is not only a record in terms of the total number of drills performed by any class while members of the Aggie Band, but also represents a record for total attendance at the games at which they marched. For many of the cadets, the 2011 attendance of 964,085 o f t e n represented m o r e people than they had performed in front of during their entire four-year high school career. This data proves that the Aggie Band not only is in

nce again this year the Fighting Texas Aggie Band performed admirably during the 2011 football season as the Aggies completed their membership in the Big XII Conference. Over the course of the season, the Aggie Band performed at 7 home football games in Kyle Field and traveled to perform at 3 away games versus Arkansas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Thanks to a personal invitation by the Houston Texans’ Coach Gary Kubiak ’83, they also performed on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the season opening game for the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium. In a unique turn of events, the Aggie Band closed out the 2011 season on December 31 with an outstanding performance at the Meinke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Reliant Stadium.

demand, but that their claim to be ‘nationally famous’ is accurate, and they certainly are well traveled. In this age of budget constraints, to see a college marching band of 300 plus members perform so many times each year

The season the final performance and attendance totals for Aggie Band are shown above.


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was amazing especially in view of the fact that we did not travel to two out-oftown games in Iowa and Kansas. Certainly Aggies support their football team, but The totals for the senior class of 2012, the junior class of 2013, the sophomore class of 2014, we would like to and the freshman class of 2015, are shown above. think that fans also attend for and travel on a regular basis is unique and unparalleled. that ‘something extra’ that the Aggie Band provides with Director of Bands, Dr. Timothy Rhea, noted that, “The their half-time drills.” Captain Travis Almany, Associate 2011 season was one that featured excellent performances Director, also complimented all the members of the both at Kyle Field and at away games. The senior class of band stating, “The drills performed this season were 2012 did a great job of leading the band and making sure very demanding. The cadets executed each of them with that each performance was carried out in the tradition pride and precision that pleased our fans both at home of the Aggie Band.” Senior Associate Director Col. Jay and away games.” Brewer ’81 noted, “The total attendance for this season The move of the Texas A&M athletic programs to the SEC in 2012 will certainly prove a challenge for the Aggie Band to maintain their outstanding records for number of performances and attendance. During the upcoming football seasons, given the increased travel distances, if the Aggie Band is fortunate to travel to away games, Jean Stanley, Business Coordinator for the Aggie Band, will face the task of arranging for travel to new performance venues across the southern states. Given the fact that the Aggie Band is so unique in its drill presentation and execution, their venture into the Deep South should offer the opportunity to attract even more fans much as they have during their time in the SWC and the Big XII Conferences. 30

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“HERE” FOR NEIL L. KELTNER ‘65 Neil L. Keltner ’65 passed away peacefully on April 24, 2012 in Newport Beach, CA, surrounded by his family. As Commander of the Corps of Cadets his senior year, Neil was a leading member of the Class of ’65. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, but as the bumper sticker says, “(he) got to Texas as fast as (he) could” and he spent most of his adult life here. Neil was the very first incoming freshman to enroll in the Industrial Distribution major at A&M. He was in Company F-1 and was a couple of years older and wiser than his classmates. His leadership qualities were evident from his first day on campus. The upperclassmen were not sure how to handle someone as mature and level headed as Neil.

All was well until about 48 hours later when a visitor showed up in Dorm 2. A lone Texas Ranger with cowboy hat and sidearm was looking for The Commander of The Corps--a certain Cadet Neil L. Keltner. Going next door for an introduction, the Texas Ranger explained--in no uncertain terms--that unless Cadet Colonel of the Corps Keltner could produce ‘bevo’ in 48 hours, he, personally, would be charged with ‘cattle russlin.’ We had an agreement with the perps to bring the steer back into the Quad, but there was one problem. When their outfit (not to be named) went to the confining ranch, the beloved steer was MIA--#2 outfit (also not to be named) had taken possession. Within the next 48 hours, however, the #2 perps produced the steer to the satisfaction of the Texas Ranger.

For the Class of ’65, the last All potential two years of charges were our tenure were dropped and bevo times of dramatic was delivered changes. In our back to the empty junior year, ranch pen outside President Earl Austin. Cadet Rudder decided Colonel of the the college would Corps, Neil Kelter, go coeducational again provided and desegregate. the needed In our senior leadership! year, the Cadet Corps was made When you were in non-compulsory Neil’s presence, it and the name Class of 1965 Reunion from L-R: John Schell, Rick Jones, Sid Brown, Ron Owen, was obvious that changed from Neil Keltner, Bill Ledbetter, Steve Bauer he was a leader with the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University. a purpose. He was deeply honored to serve our great It was a big deal because we had to choose which name country when he was commissioned in the US Army. was placed on our senior rings. I’ll always remember that Nowhere was his leadership demonstrated more than in Neil was always steady and calm during these tumultuous the Vietnam War. For his heroism in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second times that occurred our senior year. highest honor for valor in combat. A few months later, Late one night in 1965, “The Quad” was awakened with in another action, he was wounded a second time and the shouts of “Hey, Aggies--we got bevo.” Needless to say, medivaced back to the USA. He was awarded a second the entire new-area Corps turned out to see the beloved purple heart for this injury. ‘tu’ steer in a towed cattle trailer just in from Austin. There are many words to describe Neil’s character, With all sorts of speculation about “re-branding” &/or e.g., integrity, intelligent, inspirational, loyal, honest, another beef BBQ for their visiting football team, most in proactive, different sense of humor, courageous, etc. But the Corps were celebrating the 6th Southwest Conference the word I’m sure most of the Class of 1965 will use for this Warrior & Patriot is FRIEND. mascot capture of the year. WWW.CORPSOFCADETS.ORG

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The Guidon Spring 2012  

The Guidon is the official magazine of the Corps of Cadets Association. The magazine covers current, past or upcoming events involving the C...