Fusileer Drill Team

Missouri Military Academy's Fusileer Drill Team is first in the nation. 

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.

Competing in the Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) 2019, 2020 and 2021 Annual Drill Competitions, the MMA Fusileer Drill Team won first place against military schools such as Marine Military Academy, Randolph-Macon Academy, Army and Navy Academy, Riverside Military Academy, Fork Union Military Academy, Fishburne Military School, St. John’s Northwestern, Valley Forge Academy, and more.

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.

In sum, the Fusileers earned a total of 49 trophies during the 2020-21 academic year, including 20 first place finishes, competing in six contests in Missouri (Ozark, Waynesville, Joplin, Blue Springs), Kansas (Leavenworth) and Daytona, Florida (nationals).


Fusileer Drill Team

Athletics Event

The 2021-22 Team

Armed Exhibition

  • Gage Blanton
  • René Garcia Garza
  • Michael Henderson
  • Domingo Holguin
  • Gabriel Iglesias Osorio
  • Michael Machary-Pagan
  • Patricio Regis
  • Yu-Jen Tong
  • Jingxuan Yan
  • Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche

Armed Color Guard 

  • René Garcia Garza
  • Gabriel Iglesias Osorio
  • Ryan Miles
  • Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche


Unarmed Exhibition

  • Gage Blanton
  • Evan Corley
  • Brayden Edwards
  • Kruze Hagan
  • Hayden James
  • Isaac Krentz
  • Nathaniel Laughlin
  • Landon Meyer
  • Damian Moore
  • River Punab-Mitchell
  • Patricio Sanchez Berentsen
  • Duane Thompson
  • Sebastian Valdes Barreto
  • Preston Vo

Unarmed Color Guard 

  • Kellan Mugisha
  • William Terrell
  • Samuel Way

Regulation Drill 

  • Agustin Anaya Cisneros
  • Andres Escobedo
  • Matthew Hallam
  • Aaron Huynh
  • Logan Lockhart Guditis
  • Ryan Miles
  • Blake Mills
  • Kellan Mugisha
  • Ishimwe Noble
  • Luis Orozco Navarro
  • Diego Pineda
  • Gerardo Quiroga
  • Ezekiel Richardson
  • Alan Salazar De la Paz
  • Adam Swenson
  • Lucas Sydlewski
  • William Terrell
  • Angelo Urdaneta
  • Brennan Williams
  • Parker Woodruff
  • Zijie Zhou


Fusileer Drill Team Coach

Rick Dehlinger, Fusileer Coach 

As former MMA Color Guard, Coach Dehlinger has a personal understanding of the hard work, commitment and discipline it takes to be a MMA Fusileer. As a ten-year U.S. Navy veteran, his discipline and attention to detail is refined and sharp. Now, he is coaching the MMA Fusileers for the third year, and they have already taken first place in several national competitions under his guidance.

According to Dehlinger, being a MMA Fusileer teaches cadets about personal responsibility and accountability; develops self-confidence, pride, independence and team mentality; and strengthens the bonds of brotherhood among their fellow Fusileers.

 “I look forward to watching our team continue marching forward with our heads held up high and finish first place everywhere we compete,” Dehlinger said. “I want them to know what being on a winning team feels like and always look to improve. I want cadets to have ownership of the team. They decide the routine, how to improve the routine, what we need to work on during practice because this is their team. My job is easy when cadets know they own the team, they own their disappointments and their success.”

MMA Fusileers News Updates

Missouri Military Academy Drill Team Trophies

National competition in May — with first and second place finishes — capped off a successful competitive year for the MMA Fusileers. The drill team earned a total of 49 trophies, including 20 first place finishes, competing in six contests in Missouri (Ozark, Waynesville, Joplin, Blue Springs), Kansas (Leavenworth) and Daytona, Florida (nationals)

MMA Places 2nd in Nation in Armed JROTC Drill, 1st for Armed Regulation and Armed Color Guard

Following their outstanding performance at the National High School Drill Team Competition in Daytona, Missouri Military Academy Fusileers Drill Team ranks second in the nation in Armed JROTC Drill and first in Armed Regulation and Armed Color Guard. Five cadets placed in the top 10 out of 400 cadets drilling in Armed and Unarmed Individual Drill Knockout Competition. 

MMA Fusileers Take the JROTC Drill Competition Trophy

On Tuesday, January 26, the MMA Fusileer Drill Team emerged victorious at the JROTC Drill Competition in Waynesville, Missouri. In addition to scoring high as a team, several cadets scored in the top ten of over 50 other cadets in the individual drill down. 

Winter Sports Progress: Fusileers  

The Missouri Military Academy Fusileer Drill Team is a cadet marching unit that performs sequences in armed regulation drill, unarmed regulation drill, armed color guard, unarmed color guard, armed exhibition, and unarmed exhibition. Read about their progress.


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