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Alexander Vanston

MAJ, Military Studies Instructor

In 2016, I retired from the Marine Corp after 24 years of service.  I have held a wide range of jobs, from jet mechanic to Embassy Guard.  After becoming an officer, I served as Legal Officer, Range Officer, Civil Affairs Officer and even a POW/MIA Recovery Team Leader.  I also taught at an international school in Lusaka, Zambia in the mid 90's, and have always wanted to return to the classroom.


I will introduce our cadets to the military and the concept of being a part of SMA, not just a cadet.  I want to develop an atmosphere where  cadets take care of each other and compete not to best each other, but to push each other to be better.  Through mentoring and guidance, I hope to encourage our cadets to choose to develop their own self-discipline.