GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s 2019 college graduates were recognized for their academic achievements at a graduation ceremony, here, May 10.


In his opening remarks, Garrison Commander Col. Adam J. Boyd highlighted the importance of education and congratulated the students’ accomplishments, acknowledging that pursuing educational milestones requires determination, service and commitment — making the U.S. military and the nation stronger.  


“We congratulate you on a job well done. I am honored to also recognize our first local national to participate in this ceremony, Mr. Michael Groeschl,” said Boyd. 


In this years’ ceremony, 35 graduates earned associate, baccalaureate and postgraduate degrees from the four on-post universities — Central Texas College, University of Maryland University College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Oklahoma — as well as several off-post colleges.


“You serve as a shining example of what can be achieved, regardless of circumstance and environment. Each of you has overcome significant obstacles to reach this goal: Studying through deployments, PCS moves and unpredictable schedules, in addition to juggling classes with work, family and community service,” said Boyd.


The senior enlisted leader for the garrison noted their sacrifices and thanked the graduates for their dedication.


“From balancing military missions and training and family life, while studying long hours into the nights and on weekends, graduates have attained outstanding goals,” said USAG Bavaria Command Sgt. Maj. Micheal D. Sutterfield. “Army commitment to assisting Soldiers and their family members throughout service life-cycle includes preparing them for life after service by connecting them to resources for reintegration, employment and or education.”


Garrison leadership, distinguished college representatives, members of the Education Center, and families and friends were all in attendance to celebrate the students’ academic achievements and honor the universities’ remarkable faculty.


For pictures of the graduation, check out our Flickr album.


Those honored included:




  • Kimberly Cox, Certificate of Completion Child Development


  • Spc. Stephanie Britton, Certificate of Completion Child Development


  • Sgt. Sebastian Rupp, A.A.S. Applied Technology


  • Spc. Stefanie R. Britton, A.A.S. Criminal Justice


  • Sgt. Walter Anderson, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Vincent R. Davila, A.A. General Studies


  • Sgt. April Gousman, A.A. General Studies


  • WO1 Brendon S. Hancock, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Igor D. Malyshev, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Will L. Martinez –Fernandez, A.A. General Studies


  • Sgt. J. Michael Mezzacapo, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Jonathan R. Munas, A.A. General Studies


  • Sgt. Everette D. Ross, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Elias I. Sanchezmartinez, A.A. General Studies


  • Sgt. Julian M Sepulveda, A.A. General Studies


  • Sgt. 1st. Class LaTanya Strowbridge, A.A. General Studies


  • Sgt. Eric Treto, A.A. General Studies




  • CW2 Matthew R. Chovan, B.S. Aeronautics


  • Staff Sgt. Camille R. Manning, B.S. Technical Management


  • Capt. Joshua York, M.B.A. Aviation




  • Sgt. 1st. Class Keith A. Brooks, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Harold A. Martinez, A.A. General Studies


  • Pfc. Khadiyiah X. McLean, A.A. General Studies


  • Staff Sgt. Brandon H. Miller, A.A. General Studies


  • Laurence O. Natanauan, A.A. General Studies Computer Science


  • Ken Forman, B.A. Humanities


  • Joseph L Duran, M.S. Business Administration


  • Hailey Carroll, M.S. Cybersecurity




  • Shaylee Borcsani, M.A. International Relations


  • Maj. William F. Conners, M.A. International Relations


  • Maj. Brian Fallons, M.A. International Relations


  • Sgt. Rebecca Garza, M.A. International Relations


  • Capt. Mallory A. Rainey, M.A. International Relations


  • Staff Sgt. David R. Score, M.A. International Relations


  • Desiree Faehr, M.A. Human Relations


  • Jonathan Lopez, M.A. Human Relations




  • Staff Sgt. Zachery Bruno, A.A. General Studies, American University


  • Sgt. 1st. Class Zachary P. Eierman, B.A. Security Management, American University


  • Staff Sgt. LaDiamond Mosley, A.A. General Studies, American University


  • Bobby R. Williams Jr., B.A. Government Contracting and Acquisition, American University


  • Capt. Juan-Pablo Marin, D.B.A. Global Business and Leadership, California Intercontinental University


  • Laura Romo-Marin, M.S. Emergency Services Management, Columbia Southern University


  • Michael Groeschl, B.S. Structural Engineering, Eckert Schulen-Regensburg


  • Sgt. Isaac Randolph, B.S. Liberal Arts: Military Science, Excelsior College


  • Prisma Rodriguez, B.S. Liberal Arts: Human Services, Excelsior College


  • Kina Focareto, M.S. Business Psychology, Franklin University


  • Myra D. Merritt, M.S. Nursing Leadership, Grand Canyon University


  • Sgt. Victor W. Terrell, B.S. Sports Management, Grand Canyon University


  • Rachel Holmes, M.A. Public Affairs, Indiana University


  • Candace Perez, A. Professional Studies, Iowa Central Community College


  • Sgt. Roy D. Buendia, M.S. Criminal Justice, Lamar University


  • Staff Sgt. Mark Grannan, M.B.A. Entrepreneurship, Northcentral University


  • Brandon W. Harper, M.S. Coastal Zone Management, Nova Southeastern University


  • Master Sgt. Robert Owens, B. S. Human Resource Management, Post University


  • Amber L. Dugan, M.S. Clinical Psychology, Purdue University Global


  • Master Sgt. Caleb J. Smith, B.A. Organizational Leadership, University of Charleston


  • Elizabeth Elco, M.S. Public Administration, University of Colorado at Denver


  • 1st. Sgt. Shanett V. Robinson, M.A. Healthcare Administration, University of the Incarnate Word


  • Mary B. Kampovsky, B.S. Sociology, University of North Georgia


  • Sarah Figueroa, M.S. General Psychology, University of Phoenix

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