The CCF Hundred Drill Competition was held on the Parade Ground on Wednesday 19th November under the watchful eyes of Three Grenadier guest judges.
Two of the judges were OMs - Captain Kit Sandford (C1 2000-2005) and 2nd Lt Kaspar Varmuza (C1 2001-06) – joining Sgt Williams to cast their collective eyes over proceedings.
1 Section were the victors and lead by Cosimo Amati (C3 Hu).Maximus Nobes (CO Hu) should also be mentioned for his excellent leadership of 2 Section all the Hundreds were on good form and can be congratulated for their efforts.
The University of North Georgia honored veterans during a military review and parade held Tuesday, Nov. 11 on the university's Dahlonega Campus. The event was one of several reviews held every semester by the university's Corps of Cadets.
On Sunday, Nov. 9, we held our annual tribute to the veterans of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. On that morning, several cadets from Michigan Youth Challenge Academy were present and participated in the color guard for the ceremony. They were under the direction of Sgt. 1st Class, Mike McNees and his wife, Chris. It truly was an honor to have these young men pay tribute to our veterans.
The Fishburne Military School Color Guard is represented by a cadet from Ohio, one from New Jersey, one from Los Angeles and three Virginians. Some have all recently represented the state, the capital, the nation and more in the historic school tradition.
FMS’ prestigious color guard has recently presented the colors at events such as a Baltimore Orioles baseball game and a Washington Wizards basketball game. Fun events that allowed them to see some of their favorite athletes, they are now looking forward to honoring their heroes as Veteran’s Day approaches.
The team, composed of two guards, a flag bearer and a commander, sometimes extends to six. Hunter Wrenn-Russ, Luciano Dolfi, Tyler Long, Raymond Dua, Howard Marsh and Thomas Fosdick are the team members. The team extends to six to hold other flags, such as when they held the Canadian flag and Maryland flag at the Orioles game in an AL East matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It’s a symbol of excellence for the school,” said Robert Hunt, senior army instructor at FMS. “It represents what we represent. It’s our elite unit here. We always handpick the kids who are going to be in the color guard. It’s going to be our face in front of the school.”
The color guard at FMS also does local parades and ceremonies and several events at the school. The most prestigious event for the color guard has been presenting the colors for the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington D.C., something the team has done for about a decade.
This week, the color guard will be presenting in the Veteran’s Day Parade in Staunton on Saturday and events at Fishburne this weekend.
“It definitely means a lot,” Wrenn-Russ, commander, said about being a part. “When I first came here, I made sure I didn’t get in trouble at all. I did just everything the best I could. One of the main reasons was to be on color guard.”
Fosdick, who is from Staunton, admits that performing perfectly is a challenge.
“Whenever we are doing something really big, I always get a little nervous,” Fosdick said. “You want to make sure you look sharp. It’s what we practice for. You feel confident.”
Fosdick said to present the colors and parade them around, which he said the Veteran’s like to see, means a lot to him.
But for Hunt, what the color guard means to the school is tough to describe.
“Every year, we have had exception color guards. They are carrying on those traditions,” Hunt said.
The FMS color guard will participate in a drill meet in Harrisonburg on Nov. 15.
John DrillMaster Marshall's insight:
Yes, their step is odd, but that is the tradition of the school. Just like some schools do not wear a cover during class or a myriad of other things one might find "strange." It's the school's or unit's policy and if you are uncomfortable with it, then you are going to have to learn to deal with it without insulting or mocking. Be an adult and be open to different ways.