The 2012 National Cadet Competition (above) Drill Team and Color Guard champions.
Scenes from the different phases of the drill team and color guard competitions.
Photos by Maj. James Kalemis, Great Lakes Region, and Capt. Paul Creed, Ohio Wing
OHIO -- Cadets representing the Southeast Region captured the color guard crown and the Southwest Region team took the drill team title in the National Cadet Competition, held Wednesday through Saturday at Wright State University in Dayton.
Rounding out the top three in the color guard competition were the Pacific Coast Region and the Northeast Region.
In the drill team competition, the Great Lakes Region entry placed second and the Southeast Region representative finished third.
The Southeast Region color guard team, hailing from the Puerto Rico Wing’s Dr. Casareo Roa-Nieves Cadet Squadron, finished first in five phases of the color guard competition – standard drill, indoor practical, outdoor practical, in-ranks inspection and mile run – and rounded out its championship performance with a third-place finish in written exam and fourth in panel quiz.
The Pacific Region color guard team, made up of cadets from the California Wing’s Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47, placed first in the mile run; second in indoor practical, in-ranks inspection and written exam; third in standard drill and mile run; and fourth in outside practical.
The Northeast Region color guard team, consisting of cadets from the Rhode Island Wing’s West Bay Composite Squadron, finished third in the panel quiz; fourth in the standard drill, outdoor practical and exam; fifth in the indoor practical and in-ranks inspection; and eight in the mile run.
The Southwest Conference drill team finished first in three categories – in innovative drill, mil run and panel quiz – and added a third-place performance in volleyball, fifth place in written exam and sixth place in standard drill. Its members came from the Texas Wing’s Sheldon Cadet Squadron.
The Great Lakes Region drill team won the volleyball competition and placed second in written exam and mile run, third in standard drill and in-ranks inspection, fifth in innovative drill and sixth in panel quiz. Members came from the Ohio Wing's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron.
The Southeast Region drill team finished first in standard drill, second in volleyball, third in innovative drill and mile run, fourth in written exam and panel quiz and sixth in in-ranks inspection. Six Tennessee Wing squadrons – the Lewis County, McGhee-Tyson, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma composite squadrons and the Music City and Williamson County cadet squadrons – contributed members to the team.
In all, 152 cadets representing 31 squadrons in 13 wings participated in the competition.