MACC Veteran’s Ceremony - Generational Military Service in the USMC featuring Staff Sergeant Matt Everts, ceremony open to public
Moberly Area Community College will honor veterans at a public ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Main Auditorium on the Moberly campus.
The ceremony will include the posting of the colors by MHS JROTC, under the direction of LTC (R) Christopher A. Lambert, Senior Army Instructor. The National Anthem and additional music will be performed by Denise Caldarello, MACC Trustee.
The featured speaker will be Staff Sergeant Matt Everts, who served in the United States Marine Corps for ten years. Everts, who was raised in Iowa, began his service in the Marine Corps and graduated from boot camp in San Diego, California. He completed Marine Combat Training at the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, California, and then attended Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for Basic Hygiene Operator. He was promoted again as a distinguished honor graduate for his exemplary leadership. Throughout his career, he was well known as an expert marksman. He competed on the Marine Corps shooting teams at 9th Engineer Battalion in Japan, and the 8th Engineers at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Staff Sergeant Everts has served in Japan; Thailand; Puerto Rico; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Mount Clemens, MI; and the Naval Amphibious Assault Aircraft Carrier USS Bataan.
Everts has been involved in several humanitarian efforts. He deployed to Sasebo to install and operate twelve reverse osmosis purification units which provided over 60,000 gallons of drinking water to drought stricken villages. In Puerto Rico, he deployed to assist with hurricane relief efforts.
Everts has had the honor of being an Inspector and Instructor where he was responsible for activities in the community, such as performing in color guards, wreath laying ceremonies, flag presentations to families at Veteran’s funerals, and the Toys for Tots program. In this role, he trained over 300 Marines (enlisted and officers) yearly on the rifle and pistol range.
Everts is employed at the City of Moberly, as the Chief Operator of the Water Filtration Plant, where he has been for the past fifteen years.
Everts met his wife, Stefanie, while serving in Okinawa, Japan. They have been married for 21 years and have two children. Stefanie served as a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant for eight years. She graduated from the MACC Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Currently, she is a flight nurse with Air Evac Lifeteam.
Their son, Skylar, who was born on base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, went to boot camp in August 2016, and is currently a Lance Corporal serving in the Marine Corps at 29 Palms, California. His Military Occupational Specialty is electronics maintenance.
Daughter, Samantha is currently attending Moberly High School and is planning on becoming a Marine Corps Officer through an ROTC program.
A special invitation is extended to local veterans as well as active duty guard or reserve personnel to gather after the ceremony for light refreshments served by the Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. A Wall of Honor will display MACC students, faculty and staff who are veterans, or are currently serving our nation. The service is open to the public. Please join us!