Colonel Marcelo S. Goncalez, a retired infantry officer from the Brazilian Army, has found his new purpose in helping teenagers reach their potential.
“What I really enjoy in my work as a Cadet Life Supervisor is the fact that I can offer some kind of help for the students that are facing a so critical phase in their lives,” he says. “Watching them change habits and become more mature and balanced in different areas is something amazing.”
Col Goncalez graduated in 1986 from the Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras – AMAN, the equivalent of the US Military Academy at West Point. He joined the Brazilian Army in 1980 at the Army Preparatory Cadets School and stayed active duty until October of 2011, receiving several awards and commendations for his dedication and service for his country.
Even during his military career, Col Goncalez’s assignments seemed to be heading him towards his future path in military academies. He worked as a physical education instructor, fencing coach, teacher of international relations and military leadership and E-5 of the Brazilian Army Academy in two different tours of duty. Over these seven years he instructed, coached, and mentored future Brazilian Army officers on daily basis, much as he would soon do with teenagers.
When he moved to the U.S. with his wife, Sgt. Milena Goncalez, Col Goncalez was invited to teach Spanish at Massanutten Military Academy (MMA) in Woodstock, VA and spent the next six years there as a teacher and coach, eventually moving into the positions of Deputy Commandant, Executive Officer of the Commandant, and finally, MMA Commandant of Cadets.
In November of 2017, Col Goncalez joined the CLS Team at R-MA. “The entire structure that R-MA promotes on its program is directed to make them become successful in life and that is something priceless and extremely rewarding on being part of,” he says. He immediately encouraged fun in the boys’ dorm, promoting “shining” parties to help the students learn how to properly shine their shoes and hosting late-night movie viewings that feature his wife’s popular Brazilian chili.
One of Col Goncalez’s favorite sporting events is fencing, a passion developed during his time on the Brazilian Army Academy Fencing Team. After he graduated, he remained on the team as an officer for another five years, then spent another decade as a coach. “In Brazil, the Army Team practices together for about two months each year to participate on the major competitions, including the World Military Championship,” he explains.
In 1999, Col Goncalez was invited to be the fencing coach of the Brazilian Modern Pentathlon Team for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. His involvement in the Modern Pentathlon bloomed from there, and in 2012, Col Goncalez was nominated to be one of the twelve members of the “Union International de Pentathlon Moderne - UIPM” Technical Committee. He has now worked more than thirty top-level competitions of the Modern Pentathlon, including the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, the World Championships and other world class events.
When off duty, “Col G” (as he is affectionately known) loves to go to the gym with his wife and to take Henry (the Pug) and Oliver (the Yorkie) for a walk on the Academy campus.
- M.S. Military Operations, Army Officers Advanced School
- M.S. Physical Education, International Education Evaluators, USA
- B.S. Military Science Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras, AMAN (Brazilian Army Academy)
- B.S. Physical Education, Brazilian Army Physical Education School
- Specialist (“Latu Sensu”) in International Relations, Candido Mendes University - Brazil