For the second consecutive year, Missouri Military Academy’s (MMA) Fusileer Drill Team has won first place in the Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) national drill competition. The Fusileers competed and earned first place in Unarmed Regulation Drill in the 2020 competition.
For the AMSCUS competition, military schools from across the nation annually submit performance videos to be evaluated based on the formation commander's command voice and presence, drill sequence timing, the formation's ability to execute drill commands, the difficulty of commands, and the pacing, sequencing, military bearing, personal appearance and energy of cadets. The MMA Fusileers earned top honors in 2019 and again in 2020.
“The Fusileers’ outstanding form, synchronization and professionalism is a direct result of their hard work and dedication as a unified, committed team,” MMA Commandant Colonel Rick Grabowski said. “Our cadets have brought great credit to themselves, the Fusileers, their families and to Missouri Military Academy.”
Beginning in the 2020-21 academic school year, the MMA Fusileers will compete in Armed Regulation Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill, Armed Color Guard, Unarmed Color Guard, Armed Exhibition, and Unarmed Exhibition, expanding their participation in the AMSCUS competition.
“Our expectations are high, and this type of effort, perseverance and outcome is what we expect from our cadets,” said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “I am very proud of them. They are a special group of young men, and they earned this special recognition.”
The AMCSUS 2020 Drill Competition champion members include:
- Garry Siccardi, senior from Fort Smith, Arkansas (commander)
- William English, senior from Saint Louis, Missouri
- Damien Brown, junior from Altus, Oklahoma
- Bryce Bowen, junior from Clive, Iowa
- Fernando Afane, junior from El Salvador
- Rene Garcia Garza, sophomore from Mexico
- Erickson Kagame, senior from Rwanda
- Ruby Kagaragwa, senior from Uganda
- Thinh Nguyen, sophomore from Vietnam
- Bruno Pozzani, senior from Brazil
- Sun Kit Tsui, junior from China
- Jingxuan Yan, junior from China
- Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche, freshman from Portugal
Watch their performance below.