Introducing The Citadel Class of 2019 Summerall Guards

2019 Summerall Guards

The military college of South Carolina’s nationally known precision drill team.

The Citadel Class of 2019 Summerall Guards are now in position to begin their mission. The 61 rising-senior cadets held their first performance after the rifle exchange ceremony with the 2018 guards on March 24.

Known around the United States as one of the elite military drill troupes, membership is a high honor at the military college of South Carolina. Created in 1932, The Summerall Guards have represented The Citadel at events around the nation, including performing in five presidential inaugural parades.

The platoon’s purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness of a Citadel cadet’s training through a unique series of movements based on old, close order Prussian drills. The maneuvers have never been written down, are passed from class to class, and are performed to a silent count.

In 2019 the guards will be commanded by Cadet Clayton Kuhn.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to lead an organization whose members uphold themselves to high standards within The South Carolina Corps of Cadets. It is our mission to The Citadel to reflect its core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect,” said Kuhn.

The selection process includes weeks of Bond Volunteer Aspirant (BVA) training. More than 100 junior cadets who pass an initial physical fitness test take part in the six week long BVA training and tryout sessions. They must perform military pushups, sit-ups and rifle-bearing physical training, exhibiting exceptional physical condition and stamina.

In 2017, the Summerall Guards made their fifth appearance at a presidential inaugural parade. The guards also participated in the inaugurations of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, Ronald Reagan in 1985, George H.W. Bush in 1989, and George W. Bush in 2005. The unit performs annually in New Orleans in multiple Mardi Gras parades. Other examples of performances include appearing multiple times at Disney World, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., and St. Patrick’s Day parades in Charleston, and Savannah, Georgia.

The platoon is named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Citadel president from 1931 until 1953.

Class of 2019 Summerall Guards:

  • Alday, Juan
  • Barber, Logan
  • Barnes, Cedric
  • Barnett, Riley
  • Blanchard, Richard
  • Boyd, Jackson
  • Christensen, Andrew
  • Conroy, Jack (Front Guide)
  • Coppola, Matthew
  • Cucinotta, Nick
  • Days, David
  • Dees, Isaac
  • Dekold, Richard (Rear Guide)
  • Delao, Kevin
  • Felt, Mitchell
  • Foor, Andrew
  • Gailbraith, Brad
  • Gray, Connor
  • Hammond, Kyle
  • Hession, Hank
  • Hickey, Brandon
  • Hudson, Bobby (Supply Sergeant)
  • Hurley, James
  • Imhoff, Robert
  • Johnson, Talmadge
  • Kelley, Jonathan
  • Kinson, John
  • Kirby, Ryan
  • Kuhn, Clayton (Commander)
  • Linton, Jonathan
  • Lott, James
  • MacEwen, Nathan
  • Mai, Koy
  • Matthews, Hamilton
  • McDaniel, Trey
  • McLeod, Hunter
  • Meredith, Morgan
  • Milhouse, Marcus
  • Mitchell, David
  • Muller, Payton
  • O’Rourke, Jake
  • Osborne, Tanner
  • Powers, Jacob
  • Sawyer, Cam
  • Sementilli, Michael
  • Shively, Noah
  • Stallings, Marion
  • Stanley, Caleb
  • Subervielle, Matt
  • Susanke, Damon
  • Sutler, Will
  • Usrey, Garrett (First Sergeant)
  • Vandiver, A.J
  • Viteri, Anthony
  • Watson, William
  • Wendling, Joseph
  • White, Martayez
  • Wilder, Matthew
  • Wilson, Devan
  • Wilson, Robert
  • Yearman, Keelan