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Citadel News Service
13 Mar 2015

Integrity, fitness and leadership set these upcoming seniors apart from the rest

Introducing The Citadel’s most elite: the Summerall Guards for 2016

 

When they move, people stop to watch. When they march, people gather along the streets of cities across the state and the nation to admire their ability to perform complex drills as a singular unit of excellence. Since 1932 The Citadel’s Summerall Guards have provided precision drill performances and made appearances, representing the best of the best of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Each March, on the college’s Corps Day, the next year’s group of Summerall Guards is presented – 61 rising seniors who came out on the top of the list of juniors who put themselves through rigorous training and competitions in hopes of being selected. This year, the changing of the guards occurs on Summerall Field at 9 a.m. on Sat., March 13, which is the 172 birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The event will be marked by a ceremonial exchange of rifles from the 2015 platoon to the new guards, along with a drill demonstration. (In the event of rain the ceremony will be moved to Deas Hall). For many, being a guard will be one of their greatest achievements in their educational careers.

The Summerall Guards are some of the most respected cadets on campus, living by and exhibiting The Citadel ideals of honor, integrity, leadership, loyalty, self-discipline and patriotism. Their purpose is to exemplify the thorough training cadets undergo; the willpower and physical stamina required for success; and the precision and unity that result. The drills they perform are verbally passed down from class to class and are based on a unique series of movements from old European close-order drills. Each year's Summerall Guards take responsibility for teaching the next unit. When the platoon was created, it was named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army and president of The Citadel from 1931 until 1953.

Following the ceremony, the platoon will present the Clubb Award to Matthew Rogers, the supply sergeant for the 2015 platoon who was chosen by his peers for outstanding dedication to the guards. The award is named for Harold K. Clubb, Class of '68, who died in a plane crash in 1971. Also presented is the Anthony Griffin Sword, which is passed down from the current Summerall Guards commander to the new commander each year.

Introducing the 2016 Summerall Guards:

FIRST BATTALION

Alpha Company

Seth S. Grant

Robert C. Lowe

Bravo Company

N/A

Charlie Company

Aiden D. Childs

Kevyn D. McNeil

Delta Company

Weldon H. Brandon

Matthew D. Chilton

SECOND BATTALION

Echo Company

Walker R. Myers

Ryan R. Salke

Foxtrot Company

William C. Cranford

Ryan P. Davalos

Timothy S. Gaddis

James R. Moore

Jacob D. Nedoma

Charles M. Parrott

Golf Company

Russell G. Johnson

Hotel Company

Ryan T. D’Ambrosio

Hunter E. Livingstone

Matthew J. Nedolast (Commander)

Bowen W. Parkins

Regimental Band Company

James A. Jenkins (First Sergeant)

THIRD BATTALION

India Company

Nicholas L. Alford

Miller M. Dial (Front Guide)

Matthew C. Kraft

Robert W. Waldrop

Kilo Company

Anthony J. Parker

Brooks S. Wagstaff

Lima Company

Brent S. Keifer (Supply Sergeant)

Aaron B. Lebrun (Rear Guide)

Anthony Milani

Mike Company

Charles A. Buehring

Brad A. Hylton

John N. Kouten

Kevin T. Thieme

FOURTH BATTALION

November Company

William R. Motley

Oscar Company

Michael D. Carter

Sean F. Cutrone

William Z. Long

Daniel T. Walker

Christopher V. Williams

Romeo Company

Robert M. Clark

Gregory J. Maris

Tango Company

Danny M. Bruce

Nicholas A. Prestigiacomo

Landon J. White

Austin P. Winkler

FIFTH BATTALION

Palmetto Battery Company

Fernando U. Gonzalez

Nicholas J. McKenna

Papa Company

Nicholas J. Grossi

Andrew S. Mai

Jamie P. Meyer

Miguel D. Mirano

Andrew L. Quick

Jordan L. Wigger

Sierra Company

Matthew M. Ireland

Jonathan L. Reed

Victor Company

Matthew R. Bryant

Wyatt J. Kirven

Peyton M. Cavanaugh

Ryan K. Malouff

Graham B. Stolte

John E. Wilson

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