THE DHOF IS HONORED TO WELCOME OUR NEWEST INDUCTEES:
LCDR Ken Bingham / Chief Edwin A. Morales (1997) and the Boca Raton H.S. NJROTC Drill Team
They have glorified drill excellence both Nationally and in Florida for well over 20 years. LCDR Bingham began the program in 1994. Chief Morales came onboard in 1997. Since their arrival the Boca Raton NJROTC program's enrollment has increased from just over 100 cadets a year to 365 cadets. They have won seven state titles and two national titles in the arduous Navy Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship style events. Their drill has always led the unit pacing their top finishes with countless BEST OVERALL DRILL performance trophies. The NJROTC program has earned the coveted Distinguished Unit designation 19 times and it is considered one of the premier NJROTC programs in the country. LCDR Bingham retired after the 2015 school year while Chief Morales still works for the program. Few programs can or have EVER been able to boast the drill accomplishment and recognition that Boca Raton HS has maintains for that duration of time.
USAF Honor Guard Drill Team
The Drill Team promotes the Air Force mission by showcasing drill performances at public and military venues to recruit, retain, and inspire Airmen. They support Air Force Recruiting Service as the official Ambassadors in Blue. USAF HG's origins can be traced to May 1948 when Headquarters Command, United States Air Force, directed the creation of an elite ceremonial unit comparable to that of the other services. A ceremonial unit was activated within the 1100th Air Police Squadron at Bolling AFB with the responsibility of maintaining an Air Force ceremonial capability in the National Capital Region. The USAF HG officially became an Air Force squadron in 1972.
Captain Joe Mathews / Lieutenant Colonel Peter Duggan
This dynamic duo taught for within the Lincoln H.S. MCJROTC Program in Yonkers, New York. This pair formed a very rare combination that had two officers heading a program and running it as a well-oiled machine. Taught JROTC and drill together for 17 years. Lincoln H.S. dominated Marine Corps drill throughout the northeast drill community throughout the 1980s ans early 1990s. Both men were huge supporters of drill. They hosted one of the best drill meets in the northeast for well over a decade. They provided numerous positive suggestions and changes to the drill world to better judging and general drill meets to include the NHSDTC (Masters & Challenge separation, warm-up clock start, and more.)
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THE DHOF IS READY TO ANNOUNCE IN THE COMING DAYS
THE UPCOMING DRILL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016 ENSHRINEES.
PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN TO SEE WHO WILL BE RECOGNIZED
BY THEIR PEERS FOR THE HIGHEST HONOR IN MILITARY DRILL!
Beginning in May, 2012 an illustrious, diverse and amazing group of drill enthisiasts will sit as the initial 13 inductees into the national Drill Hall of Fame. While this list will no doubt grow over the many years to come, these are the individuals and groups that have been earmarked as the standard bearers to lead all others. Scores and scores of other individuals and groups were considered and most all brought extremely strong credentials to the table. However, depite the amazingly tough choices this created, the decision was made to limit the first inductions to just thirteen entities to parallel the initial thirteen colonies of the United States of America. We will always cherish the impact each has made to the drill world and we look forward to expanding this field annually each May.
These chosen entities were selected from a diverse group representing historical figures, national figures, high profile performance groups, and other drill entities who made their mark often through a lifetime of dedication, hard work and sacrifice to an activity they were passionate about. As more and more figures become cornerstones of excellence in this growing movement, you will see them listed prominently herein. Over two years in the making, the national Drill Hall of Fame will remain the leader in recognizing and providing honor to those who have and continue to play a major role in the build up of this exciting form of military-based athletic art form.
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Precision military drill now serves many different missions depending on who is doing the drill! Although one common thread that seems to permeate most all units as a recruitment and retention mission through the military service drill teams to include all four active branches of the military. Additionally, many of the 3,500+ high school Junior ROTC programs, as well as a few high profile ROTC college units across the world use competition drill team for the same purpose, to gain program numbers by attracting new members to the unit, and by building esprit de corps and pride through the marching maneuvers on display. This has expanded to magazines, books and even Hollywood movies (see Hilary Duff starring in Cadet Kelly).
The hundreds of thousands of individuals that have been a part of these military drill units can tell you the benefits and lessons learned through drill extend far off the drill field. These people have in many ways changed their lives through their efforts involving military drill. The teamwork, sacrifice, hard work, leadership and attention to detail are items that make those who carry forward in this activity better for their involvement. More important than these areas in many ways, they have affected and shaped the lives of so many others who have competed, performed, and/or spectated in this beautiful art form. It is my distinct honor to spearhead this website to give acknowledgement to those who have, and who will push the bounds to make drill the high profile event it is now and everything it will become.
So please take a few moments and look through the website. If you have ever gotten goose bumps watching a professional military drill performance, or proudly watched your son or daughter perform exhibition drill in JROTC and/or JROTC, or you are a performer of military drill, this site is for you! To honor the history and the pioneers, both current and past, of those who have worked to make this powerful activity something special is a noble goal we aim to hit with this website. Exhibition military drill is both an art form and a love for tens of thousands of individuals around the world. YouTube and related websites have countless examples of both armed and unarmed exhibition drill for those who are new to this form of entertainment. We welcome all who respect the talent, as well as the sacrifices of time and energy those who perform exhibition drill outlay!
This site supported and maintained by National Drill & Ceremony Event Manager Sports Network International, Florida