Central Catholic High School’s JROTC Drill Team ‘The Chaminade Guard’ gets inducted into JROTC Hall
May 18, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper
Central Catholic High School’s JROTC Drill Team ‘The Chaminade Guard’ gets inducted into JROTC Hall of Fame and 2020-2021 Drill Team takes second place at U.S. National Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach
The Chaminade Guard Armed Drill Team, AKA “The Machine,” of Central Catholic High School was recently inducted into the National Drill Hall of Fame at the National High School Drill Team Championships on May 1 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
This award recognized the Chaminade Guard as one of the oldest active military exhibition drill teams in the United States, their commitment to educating young cadets, and for being a model JROTC Drill program.
Since its inception in 1938, the Chaminade Guard has earned numerous accolades for their service to the Army JROTC program, Central Catholic, and San Antonio community.
The honor of induction was received by current commander LTC Andrew Ponce and Army Instructor Retired MSG Herbert Robles.
After 25 years, Central’s Drill Team returns to San Antonio with 8 national JROTC titles.
The 2020-2021 Chaminade Guard Armed Drill Team and Color Guard was sponsored to compete at the U.S. National Drill Team Championships for the first time in over two decades.
With a new cadet commander and platoon comprised of several new cadets, the Chaminade Drill Team had a big undertaking to finish the task handed to them by the previous year’s team.
With great determination and leadership, the Chaminade Guard won eight national titles both at the U.S. National Drill Team Championships and the U.S. Army Drill Team Championships in Dayton Beach.
Awards won included:
First place – U.S. National Armed Inspection
Second place – U.S. National Individual Armed Solo (Andrew Ponce ‘21)
Fourth place – U.S. National Color Guard
Third place – U.S. National Armed Exhibition
Second place – U.S. National Drill Team Competition OVERALL Champions in Multi-Service
First place – U.S. Army Dual Expedition (Grant Estes ’22 and Adrian Guzman ’22)
Second place – U.S. Army Armed Inspection
Third place – US Army Armed Exhibition
“I had a goal when I got to Central Catholic and that was to take the drill team back to nationals in Daytona. It took five years to get there, but God answered my prayers. To think that out of 3,300 JROTC programs, we are now ranked second in the nation … that’s pretty cool. I couldn’t be any more prouder of this team than I am now,” said MSG Robles, who helped lead the Chaminade Guard back to prominence.
Central Catholic’s Chaminade Guard Armed Drill Team This Drill Team is comprised of groups of a minimum of 16 cadets who perform precision marching and drill movements, including rifle spinning and exhibition marching.
Cadets are comprised of students attending Central Catholic High School, Providence Catholic School, and Incarnate Word High School.
The current commander is Senior LTC Andrew Ponce.
The Army Instructor and coach of the Drill Team is Retired Master Sergeant Herbert Robles, and the Senior Army Instructor at Central Catholic is Retired Captain Dwayne Rhodes.