An original drawing of a Martin B-26 Marauder was shown by Architect Paul Bradley. It will be donated to the Museum when it is completed. An honorary plaque was given to Mr. Bradley in recognition of his support throughout the years.
Captain Pete Husta is currently the Fourth Fleet Liaison Officer to the Headquarters Staff of the U.S. Southern Command and Maddie, his wife is the Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator at SOUTHCOM. (Please read their bios below and visit their respective websites).
Ashore, Captain Husta served at the Fleet & Mine Warfare Training Center, Navy Reserve Command Headquarters and in Mobile Inshore Warfare Unit’s. (MIUW) 209 and 212. He commanded MIUW 209 and subsequently went on to command MIUW 212. He is the first officer to ever command this type of unit in back-to-back assignments. Captain Husta has also served as a Special Assistant to the Commander Armed Forces South in Naples Italy. Returning permanently to the Active Duty rolls, Captain Husta subsequently served in Honduras as the Navy Section Chief and then as the Navy Mission Chief in Colombia. Following five years in Central and South America, he was selected to serve as the Navy Element Commander and subsequently, the Chief of Staff of the Joint Task Force in Guantanamo, Cuba. He is currently the Fourth Fleet Liaison Officer to the Headquarters Staff of the U.S. Southern Command. Captain Husta has served in Navy, Joint, NATO and Combined commands and operations and is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal (2 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and several other personal, Unit and Service awards. He is also authorized to wear the Honduran Medalla de Merito Clase Dos, the Colombian Surface Fleet, Aviation Division and Submarine Fleet Service Commendations and was awarded the Sociedad de Almirante Padilla. Captain Husta was married to the former Madhya Acosta Castillo in the ancient Mayan ruins at Copan, Honduras.
Madhya (Maddie) Husta grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a senior in Tegucigalpa High School, she earned an exchange scholarship and spent a year as an exchange student in Monterey, California, only a few blocks away from the Defense Language Institute. Upon her return to Honduras, she studied undergrad and graduate level psychology becoming a licensed practitioner at the National Psychiatry Hospital. Later in her career, she explored Educational Psychology working in the private school system teaching bilingual students in grade school and high school. Maddie is a Navy wife, married to Captain Pete Husta, the Fourth Fleet Liaison Officer at SOUTHCOM.
Maddie has been working in this AOR for several years, serving in Honduras, Colombia and Cuba. Before coming to Miami she came from the Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, where she supported families of all military branches stationed at the Naval Station. Her work in Guantanamo included the Fleet and Family Support Center as the Life Skills Educator in charge of teaching anger and stress management, parenting, couple’s communication, and loss and grief. On her following duties she was the Cuban Community Assistance Program Manager running the only elder care program in the Department of Defense. In this capacity, she managed a 24/7 service running three Assisted Living Facilities and providing general advocacy for the 44 Cuban families residing aboard the Naval Station. These families are those who chose to remain employed aboard the Naval Station following the 1959 Castro led revolution. Maddie is now the Survivor Outreach Services coordinator at Southcom serving as the liaison and advocating for the families of our Fallen Heroes.
You can reach Mrs. Madhya Husta, Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator for South Florida at:
9301 NW 33rd St.
Doral, FL 33172-1202
Phone Office: 305-437-2178