CAPER National Commanders
This page was created to honor all of the Coed Affiliates Pershing Rifles and Pershing Angels National Commanders.
It's not because we were special, but because each one of us stepped up to the challenge.
Most of us were young college students who because of where we went to college had the chance to take the position. Some didn't even have much experience with the organization when they stepped up. I think most of us had the problem of running the national headquarters with a small number of members. That meant we had to work with our local functions, too. Regardless of how long we had command or how successful we feel our time might have been, we were successful.
We were successful because there are still Pershing Angels today.
Yes, the organization has kept going for 44 years. The name changed. The organizational structure changed. Times have changed. It doesn't matter. We all kept it going in our own way.
We are only special because we are a group of members who had the privilege of seeing the organization from the national perspective. We share that with all of the Pershing Rifles National Commanders and most Regimental Commanders.
I am thrilled that we now have the names of most of the National Commanders. I'm looking forward to the time that all of our National Commanders are named here, have their picture here...and have been found. I am in contact with each of the National Commanders whose names are in bold.
PS. If you have been here is the past or remember anything about CAPER history, you'll notice something different. Since I started in CAPERS I thought that Tanya was our first National Commander. In August 2010, I received some "loaner" copies of the "Pershing Rifleman" yearbooks for more research. Even though I had these issues at one time, I used them for research on coed units and didn't pay any attention to what they said. I'm proud to add the name of CAPER COL Gloria Robertson to this list. I'm adding information I've gained all over this website!
|Rank||First Name||Maiden Name||Married Name||
|COL||Gloria||Robertson||University of Oklahoma||Starting with Kaydettes National and then CAPERS until Tanya took over command.|
|COL||Tanya||McDonald||Miller||University of Oklahoma||?? to May 1967|
|COL||Patricia Gail||Todd||Kish||University of Oklahoma||May 1967 to Jan 1968|
|COL||Kathryn (Kay)||Sykes||University of Oklahoma||Jan 1968 to Jan 1969|
|COL||Nina Rose||Jacoby||University of Oklahoma||Jan 1969 to March 1969|
|COL||Gwen||Coley||University of Oklahoma||March 1969 to Oct 1969|
|BG||Iris||Rodriguez||Franticelli||University of Oklahoma||Oct 1969 to September 1970|
|BG||Linda||Grissette||(Grayson)||University of Oklahoma||May 1970 to September 1971|
|BG||Paulette||Kikugawa||Lum||University of Oklahoma||May 1971 to Jan 1972 (Estimate)|
|BG||Gwen||Howell||Kelly||University of Oklahoma||Jan 1972 to Feb 1972 (Estimate. Paulette just couldn't bear to move the headquarters and transferred command to Gwen who was Linda's Chief of Staff and Paulette's Deputy Commander.)|
|BG||Susan||Lindholm||Kansas State University||Feb 1972 to April 1972|
|BG||Rhonda||McGuire||McCommons||Kansas State University||1972-1973|
|BG||Elizabeth||Crammer||Kansas State University||1973-1974|
|BG||Rita||Screen||Kansas State University||1974-1975|
|BG||Susan||Rice||Appalachian State University||1978-1979|
|BG||Cheryl||Beers||Cullen||Seton Hall University||1979-1980|
|BG||Sharon||Sanders||Seton Hall University||1981-1982|
|BG||Shirley||Jones||Seton Hall University||1982-1983|
We have two different years for when CAPERS officially ended, 1980 and 1982, but the history from Pershing Angels says that the had problems with manpower (our continual problem) and "it closed from 1983-84."
On May 1, 2010 I heard from Irene (Rodriguez) Lee, who was missing from this list until then. She told me that nationally they were called Pershing Angels, but locally as CAPERS.
But more importantly, this group of National Commanders gives us the real link between CAPERS and Pershing Angels. I think we are all together as alumni.
|BG||Fran||Lopes||Steffens||St. Peters College||1985|
|BG||Irene||Rodriguez||Lee||St. Peters College||1986|
|BG||Madeline||Colon||St. Peters College||1989*|
|* The date of
1989 was from the Pershing Angels history, but according to Irene
Rodriguez Lee, Madeline Colon was the year after her, which would make the
year 1987. That would make a 3 year gap with no National
Headquarters before Pershing Angels were re-organized in 1990.
This is a listing of the Pershing Angels National Commanders from their website. The Pershing Angels National Staff members are all alumni. Wanda Green, the immediate past Pershing Angels National Commander, was a CAPER who pledged in 1977.
|BG||Lisa||Cannon||Atlanta, GA||Nov 1990 to 1992|
|BG||Tiji||Murphy-Hipp||Morgan State University||1992-1995|
|BG||Michelle||Richardson||Norfolk State University||2000-2002|
|BG||Wanda||Green||Morgan State University||2002-2010|
|BG||Raja||Morgan||Morgan State University||2010-2012|
|BG||Kimberly||Reece||North Carolina State University||2012-|
If you would like to add names of members that you know were CAPER National Commanders, please click here. Be sure to note in the comments that they were on National Staff, as well as when and where and any other information you have.
If you would like to give us any better information on various headquarters dates, etc, please submit them.
If you would like to send us your contact information, click here.
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The creator of this website, Linda Grissette (the 1970-71 CAPER National Commander) is not asking for any money to help support this project. Her reward will be finding people she remembers and learning about other former members memories. If you appreciate the effort, please use her for all of real estate needs. If you aren't in the St. Louis area where she works, she can find a great agent in your area and will receive a small referral fee. Contact Linda about real estate. See Linda's main real estate website.