Cutting the cake at the Southern Maryland Mustang Association (SMMA) 19th Annual Dinner were SMMA Secretary Lt. Andy Fedak; SMMA Treasurer Lt. Dan Bronk, Rear Adm. John Lemmon, guest speaker; SMMA Historian Lt. Cmdr. (ret) Harry Errington; Capt. Christopher Cox, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer; SMMA President Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Dorschner; and SMMA Vice President Lt. Cmdr. Joe Appleby. Sixty active duty, retired and Honorable Mustangs, with their wives and guests, attended the dinner, held Oct. 3 at River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center here on base. Rear Adm. Lemmon and Capt. Cox were inducted as SMMA Honorary Mustangs. Photo by Mellissa Johnson.
I am 20 years old and was born on January 23, 1999 at the Naval Hospital at Commander, Naval Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. I have moved fairly often growing up in the military lifestyle, and, therefore, I have been given the opportunity to live in Japan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maine, Virginia again, California, Japan again, California again, and finally Seattle for college. I am very dedicated to my academic pursuits and have maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average since my junior year of high school. I graduated with honors from Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan in June of 2017. I am now studying Nursing at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington and just finished my sophomore year. During my high school years, I played on the Soccer Team for 4 years and the Tennis Team for two years. I continued my participation in sports by joining the Seattle University Rowing Team in my freshmen year. This year, my sophomore year, I joined two club soccer teams at my school, women’s and coed. Staying active is a big part of my lifestyle so, besides playing sports, I also like exploring downtown Seattle and going on wilderness hikes with my friends. I have been given a lot of opportunities in my life and am extremely grateful for all the support I have received from my parents, Melissa and Matthew, my coaches, my siblings, and my teachers.
Natasha is a recent graduate of Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze, FL. She is honored to be the recipient of such an incredible scholarship. In two short months she will be a part of the Auburn Engineering Family as she pursues her dreams of earning a degree in Chemical
Engineering. Not only will she be joining the engineering family but she will also join the
marching band family as she will soon march trombone in the Auburn Band. She is so grateful to be a brat of a Navy Mustang and she can’t wait to start her journey at Auburn. War Eagle!