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Citadel News Service
2 Mar 2017

Announcing the Class of 2018 Summerall Guards

First performance to take place after rifle exchange ceremony Corps Day Weekend

The Citadel Summerall Guard

Earning a position on The Citadel’s acclaimed Summerall Guards is among the highest honors a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets can attain. Each spring semester, after weeks of rigorous training and tryouts, 61 new guards are selected from more than 100 rising juniors for their physical stamina and drill proficiency. A rifle exchange ceremony held annually during Corps Day Weekend marks the beginning of service for the new platoon as the seniors who will soon graduate hand over their duties.

This year the ceremony takes place at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, March 18, on Summerall Field. The presentation is one of numerous events that will be held in succession for Corps and Recognition Day, bringing cadets’ families, friends, alumni and community visitors to campus.

The Summerall Guard is a silent precision drill platoon first formed more than 85 years ago. Through a unique series of movements based on the old military close-order drills, the Summerall Guard aspires to exemplify the precise and meticulous training of a Citadel cadet. The intricate movements of the drill are taught from one class to the next and have never been formally recorded. The platoon was named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army and Citadel president from 1931 until 1953.

“The Summerall Guards are composed of some of the best senior cadets on campus and to have been nominated by my classmates to lead them was a huge honor,” said outgoing Guard Commander Blaine Kuhn. “Commanding the Guards was a difficult yet rewarding experience that has proven to be the proudest moment of my cadet career. I congratulate Aaron Tribbett on being selected to command the 2018 Summerall Guards and hope I was able to set an example that he wishes to follow.”

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A FACEBOOK ALBUM OF THE CLASS OF 2018 SUMMERALL GUARDS

The platoon receives frequent invitations to perform around America, most recently appearing in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Charleston, and numerous Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans.

The Class of 2018 Summerall Guards includes:

Name

Company

Hometown

Aaron Tribbett
Commander

F-Troop

Fort Wayne, IN

James Howlin
First Sergeant

Lima

Cumming, GA

John Ferguson
Supply Sergeant

Delta

Greenville, SC

Jon Buckland
Front Guide

Tango

Morehead City, NC

Sal Lackey
Rear Guide

Romeo

Pawleys Island, SC

 

 

Stephen Cleary

1st Bn

McDonough, GA

Dillon Graham

3rd Bn

Conway, SC

Evan Borelli

4th Bn

Wilmington, DE

Justin Mitchell

5th Bn

Irmo, SC

Sam Colt

Alpha

Fort Hood, TX

Richard Foster

Alpha

Cayce, SC

Stuart Morton

Alpha

Huntington Beach, CA

Ronnie Milligan

Band

Greenville, SC

Jackson Baker

Charlie

Lexington, SC

Josiah Carr

Charlie

Raleigh, NC

Ryan Sinnott

Charlie

Lexington, SC

Jay Davis

Delta

Greenville, SC

Alexander Green

Delta

Taylors, SC

Luke Mills

Delta

Myrtle Beach, SC

Andrew Aiken

Echo

Fleming Island, FL

Evan Lee

Echo

Mount Pleasant, SC

Zachary Leggett

Echo

Jacksonville, FL

Dalton Weintraub

Echo

Fayetteville, NC

Harrison Dixon

F-Troop

Charleston, SC

Brody McGrath

F-Troop

Mount Pleasant, SC

Brandon Saxby

F-Troop

Suffolk, VA

Thomas Smith

F-Troop

Columbia, SC

Stanislov Stafford

F-Troop

Satellite Beach, FL

Matthew Agostosa-Viado

F-Troop

Herndon, VA

Justin Craft

Golf

Waldorf, MD

Walter Metcalfe

Golf

Apex, NC

Devon Chatman

Hotel

West Columbia, SC

Brandon Douglass

Hotel

Columbia, SC

Sean Bogertey

India

Fayetteville, NC

Joseph Cook

India

Goose Creek, SC

Greyson Haynes

Kilo

Sumter, SC

Adam McGrath

Lima

Belleville, MI

Ethan Pendleton

Lima

Union, SC

Christian Stokes

Lima

Nacogdoches, TX

Kyle Brady

Mike

Greer, SC

Dakota King

Mike

Fayetteville, NC

Samuel Turner

Mike

Wyomissing, PA

Weston Weber

Mike

Paxton, IL

Jake Bakely

November

Chapin, SC

John Clark

November

Macon, GA

George Carbaugh

Oscar

Chesapeake, VA

Matthews Phoenix

Oscar

Mesquite, TX

Aleksander Rogers

Oscar

San Antonio, TX

Joshua Willet

Oscar

Taylors, SC

Cameron Boeckel

Papa

Essex Fells, NJ

Timothy Holt

Papa

Simpsonville, SC

Zach Keener

PB

Fallon, NV

Joshua Bowman

Romeo

Columbia, SC

David Moll

Romeo

Waxhaw, NC

Ryan Thomas

Romeo

Goose Creek, SC

William Colyer

Sierra

Charleston, SC

Cliff Joseph

Sierra

Dallas, GA

William Caughman

Tango

Salley, SC

Joshua Galletto

Tango

Bradenton, FL

Robert Olsen

Victor

Binghamton, VA

Lee Davis

Victor

Moncks Corner, SC

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