Napoleon once said. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” At MMA, hope goes hand-hand with confidence and courage. Upcoming seniors apply for over sixty leadership assignments. Each position is eventually appointed after an extensive series of personal interviews with resume and application review by Academy staff.
This year’s top gun, or Regimental Commander, is 1/C Taylor Inkley, a 2010 graduate of Cape Cod Technical High School, now a Facilities Engineering major hailing from South Yarmouth, MA. Inkley wasn’t interested in a traditional college experience and he liked MMA’s post-grad placement stats. “As a Cadet Candidate going through Orientation, I never would have dreamed I would become Regimental Commander. Orientation was the toughest two weeks of my life to that point. When all was said and done, that life changing experience was the first stepping-stone of my Academy successes. I learned more than I ever expected,” he remembered.
Inkley has some solid long-range plans. He intends to ship out after graduation, eventually, moving to shore-side management, retiring, and then becoming a high school math teacher!
Second in command, or Regimental Executive Officer, is 1/C Matthew Lincoff. This cadet hails from Wakefield, MA and is a 2010 grad of Wakefield Memorial High School, currently majoring in Emergency Management. Lincoff, chose the Academy for its disciplined lifestyle. He wanted a unique college experience, one that would teach him some leadership skills.
Traveling the world before and after graduation was also a sizeable lure. This cadet plans to accept a commission in the US Marine Corps in June of 2014. “The professionalism and leadership of my squad leaders during Orientation and throughout my freshman year played a big role in my decision to pursue my current leadership position. Leadership is a service to others, and I want to set the example regarding discipline and Academy pride for the incoming class of 2017,” Lincoff stated.
Although these two are the highest-ranking cadets, they have their feet firmly planted on the ground. They are masters at dealing in hope - willing and able to lead while mentoring future Academy success stories.