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Corps Of Cadets Announces 2024-25 Leadership

Twelve students representing six states and seven Texas cities will assume senior leadership roles in the Corps of Cadets next year.
By Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets March 27, 2024

A photo of three cadets in uniform standing in front of the arches on The Quad at Texas A&M University.
Deandre Macri ’25, center, will be the commander of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets for the 2024-25 school year. The deputy corps commander will be James Guandolo ’25, left , and the chief of staff will be Carl Witherell ’25, right.

Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets


The Corps of Cadets — Texas A&M’s largest, oldest and most visible student organization — has selected its senior leadership for the 2024-25 school year.

Four cadets were identified to fill the most senior leadership positions of corps commander, deputy corps commander, chief of staff and sergeant major:

    • Corps Commander: Deandre Macri, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
    • Deputy Corps Commander: James Guandolo, Dallas, Texas. 
    • Chief of Staff: Carl Witherell, New Braunfels, Texas.  
  • Sergeant Major: John Andruss, Victoria, Texas.

Cadets complete a thorough selection process that consists of an application and an interview with a panel of peers and staff. All applicants are evaluated on academic performance, performance in the Corps, success in previous leadership positions, peer/staff evaluations, and their leadership vision for the future.

Eight cadets were selected to serve as major unit commanders or sergeants major for the Corps’ four major units:

    • 1st Brigade Commander: Luke Sims, Broussard, Louisiana. 
  • 1st Brigade Sergeant Major: Madison Cronin, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • 1st Regiment Commander: Jordan McConnell, Panama City Beach, Florida. 
  • 1st Regiment Sergeant Major: Jessica Vogt, Commerce City, Colorado.
  • 1st Wing Commander: Aidan Polster, Savannah, Texas.
  • 1st Wing Sergeant Major: Sam Chew, Bryan, Texas.
    • Aggie Band Commander: Tristan Lanclos, Katy, Texas. 
  • Aggie Band Sergeant Major: Avery Owens, Northlake, Texas. 

Dating to 1876, the Corps of Cadets is the oldest and largest student organization at Texas A&M University. Leveraging a military based cultural model throughout the four-year leadership training program, the Corps prepares cadets to lead at the community, state and national levels and produces some of the nation’s finest leaders in the public, private and military sectors. The Corps remains one of the largest uniformed bodies of students in the nation. Membership in the Corps carries no military obligation, with over half of current cadets not pursuing a military commission.

Media contact: Amy Thompson, 979-862-1922,

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