It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of Lieutenant Commander Dennis (Lee) Hassman ’88, United States Navy (retired), a member of the Office of the Commandant’s staff.

Lieutenant Commander Hassman served as a Cadet Training Officer (CTO) in the Office of the Commandant’s staff following his retirement from the United States Navy in December 2008. Lieutenant Commander Hassman served 20 years in the Navy and was a Naval Flight Officer. During his time in the Navy, he served as a Remote Control Mission Commander and E-2C Airborne Mission Commander. Lieutenant Commander Hassman was also an Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer for the Navy. He received an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005.

As a Cadet Training Officer, Lieutenant Commander Hassman worked closely with cadets, providing guidance and direction to cadets at the unit, major unit, and Corps levels. He was well respected and well-liked by all who got the opportunity to work with him and know him. Lieutenant Commander Hassman’s loss will be deeply felt by all of us who knew him so well. He was a valued team member in the Office of the Commandant, and he will be missed.

Lee Hassman was a great American and a great Aggie. He served our country, he served his university, and he served the Corps of Cadets. On behalf of the Corps of Cadets and the Office of the Commandant, I offer our sincere condolences to Lee Hassman’s wife, Marianne, and his entire family. God bless them all.

“We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we. True to each other, as Aggies can be.”


Lieutenant Commander Lee Hassman