Breakfast for Champions

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation welcomed the honor graduates from The Basic School’s Delta Company Tuesday, Dec. 11 for the breakfast reception in the MCA&F building atrium in Bartlett Hall.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation welcomed the honor graduates from The Basic School’s Delta Company Tuesday, Dec. 11 for the breakfast reception in the MCA&F building atrium in Bartlett Hall.

MCA&F staff congratulated the company’s honor graduates, staff platoon commanders and commanding officers while the group munched on a spread of bagels, pastries, orange juice and coffee.

The graduates swapped TBS stories with MCA&F staff and described their upcoming MOS training and duty stations.

Congratulations to 1stLt Paul Mower for the 1stLt Baldomero Lopez Honor Graduate Award, 2ndLt Patrick Whalen for the Leadership Award, 2ndLt Jorge Secada-Lovio for the Military Skills Award, 1stLt David Heuwetter for the Colonel William B. Lemly Award for Academics and 2ndLt Patrick O'Mara for the Mitchell Paige Medal of Honor Mustang Spirit Award.

The TBS honor graduate awards are given through the MCA&F Marine Excellence Awards Program and are officially presented during the TBS graduation at MCB Quantico the following day. Each year MCA&F gives awards to recognize nearly 11,000 deserving Marines and provides about 97 percent of all awards distributed in the Corps. The program offers tangible recognition of professional accomplishments and recognizes the honor graduates throughout the Marine Corps officer and enlisted formal schools.


TBS students, staff and families graze the breakfast spread during the reception for TBS honor graduates


1stLt David Heuwetter and 2ndLt Jorge Secada-Lovio speak with MCA&F Marketing Director Rob Rubrecht during the breakfast reception


2ndLt Patrick Whalen with his wife, Kristie, and their two daughters Georgia, 4, and Jane, 2, during the breakfast reception