Missouri Military Drill Team Wows the Crowd

Dec 8, 2021

Missouri Military Academy Fusileer Drill Team Emerges as Overall Champion in First Competition of 2021-22 Season

MEXICO, MO — December 8, 2021 — The Missouri Military Academy (MMA) Fusileer Drill Team competed in their first competition of the 2021-22 academic year at Ozark High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. The team emerged as overall champions on the day, garnering seven first place trophies.

For many of the Colonels team members, the trip to Ozark was their first taste of a drill competition, according to Coach Rick Dehlinger. The team heightened their practices the week prior to event, drilling three times a day. On Saturday, they started with a very early reveille at 0215 in order to arrive at Ozark HS around 0615. After arrival and unloading the trailer, the cadets’ first competition was at 0815.

MMA’s results from the Dec. 4, 2021 competition at Ozark High School are as follows:

Individual Drilldown (150 cadets participated in the Ozark competition)

  • 7th place, Cadet Aaron Huynh
  • 10th place, Cadet Michael Machary-Pagan

Armed Solo Exhibition: 2nd place, Cadet Yu-Jen Tong

Armed Dual Exhibition: 1st place, Cadets Yu-Jen Tong and Brennan Williams 1st place

Armed Regulation: 1st place

Armed Color Guard: 1st place

Armed Exhibition: 1st place

Armed New Cadet: 1st place

Unarmed Regulation: 7th place

Unarmed Color Guard: 1st place

Unarmed Color Guard: 1st place

Unarmed Exhibition: 3rd place

Overall Champion: MMA

The Fusileers have been a staple of MMA’s excellence in military leadership, structure, discipline and class. Cadets compete in different classifications in each of the following divisions: Armed Regulation Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill, Armed Color Guard, Unarmed Color Guard, Armed Exhibition, and Unarmed Exhibition.

At the 2021 National High School Drill Team Competition (NHSDTC) — competing in the US Army Drill National Championship and the All Service Drill National Championship — MMA’s Fusileer Drill Team placed first in the nation in Armed Regulation at the All Service Nationals Master Level and first in the nation for Armed Color Guard for both the All Service Nationals Master Level and the US Army Drill National Championship.