The Summerall Guards for the Class of 2024 are now in position. The 61 rising-senior cadets held their first performance during the changing of the guard ceremony, an event that is part of The Citadel’s annual Corps Day/Recognition Day weekend ceremonies. This marks the moment that the Class of 2023 Summerall Guards perform their last precision drills as a unit before passing their rifles to the new platoon.
They were selected after a process that included weeks of Bond Volunteer Aspirant (BVA) training. Junior cadets who pass an initial physical fitness test take part in the six-week BVA training and tryout sessions. They must perform military pushups, sit-ups and rifle-bearing physical training, exhibiting exceptional physical condition and stamina.
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 is named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and The Citadel president from 1931 until 1953. It’s purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness of a 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.
The 61 seniors will be commanded by Cadet Marcus Newman.
The Class of 2024 Summerall Guards:
|Maclean Armstrong||Sullivan Newsome|
|Isaiah Bailey||Griffin O’Shields|
|James Banko||Timothy Overend|
|Mark Burton||Bryson Overton|
|Arch Bynum||Cooper Rhue|
|William Cooke||Vincent Riviera|
|John Coons||Jamison Rogers|
|Scott Dale||John Rosenblum|
|Ashton Darracott||Cody Sauls|
|Jalen Davis||Lawrence Scott|
|Mark Delatte||Spencer Sergant|
|Ayden Devlin||Jacob Simmons|
|William Doherty||Chadd Smart|
|Jackson Dulay||Daniel Smith|
|Carter Eddlemon||Zachary Sowards|
|Trey Edelstein||Christopher Stuart|
|Joseph Emde||Richard Stuckey|
|Carlton Enes||William Summers|
|Heath Erwin||Garrison Swan|
|Gavin Franklin||William Templeton|
|Jackson Fuller||Alex Tiberghien|
|Paul Goldman||Keagan Trahan|
|Colton Horvath||William Varn|
|Hunter Kackley||Blake Vasquez|
|Charles Kellett||Joshua Williams|
|Kubwimana Moses King||Billy Workman|
|Addy Liu||Tyquan Wright|
|Jake McPherson||Justin Wyatt|
|Taylor Merrell||Jack Wysong|
|Gabe Morgan||Jesse Young|