And On Beyond Basic Training
Cadet Leo Matthews completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy. He was accepted into the Corps of Cadets at a parade and formal review August 13 at West Point.
Also referred to as “Beast Barracks”, CBT is an intense program of initial military training to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence, and a high sense of duty. Among the areas of summer instruction are first aid, mountaineering, land navigation, rifle marksmanship, heavy weapons and chemical training.
Mathews began his academic semester August 15. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2015 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Cause for Celebration
Congratulations, Commander Somma
Lieutenant Commander Dan Somma was recently selected for promotion to Commander (O-5) in the US Coast Guard. He has 14 years of active duty service and is now assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he is working on waterfront facility and port security issues. The 1990 Rye High School graduate is the son of Nancy and Dan Somma of Rye.
Cathy and Mike Hansen announce the birth of their first child, Christopher Duffy Hansen. He was born June 30 at Greenwich Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
His maternal grandparents, Terry and Anne Duffy, reside in Rye.
His paternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Hansen, also live in Rye. Chris is named after Christopher P. Melera, a former Rye resident who passed away in May of 2010.
Crispin Cunningham Spaeth and Dale Alan Sather were married August 20 in their Seattle garden.
The bride graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in Studio Art. She is a choreographer and a consultant to non-profit arts groups. She is the daughter of Ann Barringer Spaeth and Otto L. Spaeth Jr. of Rye. The bride’s father has his own corporate identity consulting business; her mother is a retired community organizer.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He is a software architect at Microsoft and has worked on such projects as Windows and Xbox. He is the son of Chaplain Colonel Donald R. Sather, (US Army, retired) and the late R. Allene Sather. The groom’s step-mother, Kay Sather, is a retired Army social worker. They reside in Denver.