Suggested Sports Field Entrance and Exit

DrillMaster Ask DrillMaster, Color Guard/Color Team, Honor Guard, Honor Guard Training, Instructional 0 Comments

I just finished a critique for a first responder color guard colors presentation which gave me an idea to write this article. Also see the How to Present the Colors at an Event article here. This one will go a little more in depth. Instead of a four-step interval, I suggest that the team enters with shoulders touching so that …

The Color Guard Wedge Formation

DrillMaster Ask DrillMaster, Color Guard/Color Team, Honor Guard Training, Instructional 0 Comments

Never, ever, ever, ever, should a color guard use this line formation with the American in the middle.   Someone will say, “But the American is higher.” That is NOT the standard. The standard is all colors at the same height and the American flag on the marching right. The American flag should never be taller for a color guard. …

The Color Guard and Multiple National & State Colors

DrillMaster DrillCenter News 0 Comments

Multiple National Colors So, what is a team to do when you have more than one national color? Here is some information to consider: When overseas Air Force Base Honor Guard teams carry both colors when called to present them on base and in the local community. The photo here is of the Spangdahlem Air Base team when we (I’m …

The “Silver Brass” of the Silent Drill Platoon

DrillMaster Drill Teams, DrillCenter News 0 Comments

In the late 1970’s, the number one rifle inspector with the Marine Corps Silent Drill platoon passed on his brass, or the buttons and emblems from his uniform, to his successor. The brass continued to be passed on, and over time, the cleaning and polishing turned the once gold-colored brass silver. “Being able to wear the silver brass and to …

Making Things More “Ceremonialer”

DrillMaster Color Guard/Color Team, Commentary, Honor Guard 0 Comments

“Ceremonialer” is the term I created as I’ve watched members of the military, first responders (many who are veterans), and cadets perform movements that do not bring any more reverence or honor to what they are doing at ceremonies . Similar terms would be: When it comes to the American flag and rendering honors, never should anyone use the thinking, …

Color Guard: Two Guards, American Flag, and…?

DrillMaster Ask DrillMaster, Color Guard/Color Team, Honor Guard Training, Instructional 0 Comments

The standard color guard has four members: Right/Lead Guard American Flag Bearer Other Flag Bearer Left/Trail Guard Guards The guards are always armed (except in a chapel, at the discretion of the pastor). The weapons the guards may carry are: Ceremonial-style rifle (M1, M14, M1903) Modern automatic rifle (M16, etc., not as nice looking) Shotgun (fairly standard for law enforcement) …

The Obstacles of a Parade

DrillMaster Drill Team Training, Drill Teams, Honor Guard, Honor Guard Training, Instructional 0 Comments

When I was in AFJROTC (’79-’83), we didn’t have scoopers right behind horse entries in a parade. They were the unsung heroes who brought up the very rear, just in front of the police car with the flashing lights signaling the end of the parade. This meant that everyone in the parade had to dodge, duck, dip, dive and… dodge …

Shaving, a Bane of Existence

DrillMaster Color Guard/Color Team, Drill Teams, Honor Guard, Instructional 0 Comments

The first time one shaves is the beginning of a never-ending cycle when you wear a service uniform. Say hello to nicks, cuts and the occasional abrasion depending on your skin type and especially if you have acne. There are shaving powders, creams, and soaps, but probably the best shave you will find is from oil. You can buy a …

Military Adventure Camp’s New Facilities!

DrillMaster Announcements, Color Guard/Color Team, Honor Guard 0 Comments

Military Adventure Camp, the best in Army-based summer training for cadets ages 12-18! Located in Fleming County, Kentucky, the new Camp Sousley, is the next phase of cadet training that began in 1909. Strength and Honor! Visit www.militaryadventurecamp.com for a complete list of wide-ranging cadet training. I teach the Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy (CJSHGA, click here for the Facebook page), …

Honor Guard Academies for end of 2015

DrillMaster Announcements, Honor Guard, Honor Guard Training 0 Comments

There are two (possibly three) DrillMaster Honor Guard Academies for the last quarter of CY 2015. The first is a law enforcement academy, October 26-30, in Gonzales, LA. Co-hosting the event are the local police department and sheriff’s office with LEOs attending from other states. There are still five “extra” seats remaining*.   The second is a firefighter academy, most …