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National Drill Meet 2019

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher Niemi, Holm Center commander from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.,  presents a medal to Cadet Isaiah Watson, West Aurora High School, Ill., for his second place win in the Demilitarized Armed Knockout Competition at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla.  Cadet Watson beat out more than 500 cadets in a mass formation competition where cadets get ‘knocked out’ for not executing commands perfectly.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher Niemi, Holm Center commander from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., presents a medal to Cadet Isaiah Watson, West Aurora High School, Ill., for his second place win in the Demilitarized Armed Knockout Competition at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Cadet Watson beat out more than 500 cadets in a mass formation competition where cadets get ‘knocked out’ for not executing commands perfectly. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Colton Moore, East Paulding High School, Ga., showcases his spit-shined dress shoes during the National High School Drill Team Competition May 3-5, 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Cadet Moore took top honors and won the Demilitarized Armed Commander Trophy. Not only do cadets practice for hours after school on their drill performance, they also put in hours of work on every aspect of their uniform and personal grooming standards.

Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Colton Moore, East Paulding High School, Ga., showcases his spit-shined dress shoes during the National High School Drill Team Competition May 3-5, 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Cadet Moore took top honors and won the Demilitarized Armed Commander Trophy. Not only do cadets practice for hours after school on their drill performance, they also put in hours of work on every aspect of their uniform and personal grooming standards. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jermaine Evans, Holm Center command chief, stands with the Silver Valor Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, Texas, during the National High School Drill Team Competition May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla.  Silver Valor won trophies for five events and placed second overall in the unarmed competition.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jermaine Evans, Holm Center command chief, stands with the Silver Valor Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, Texas, during the National High School Drill Team Competition May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Silver Valor won trophies for five events and placed second overall in the unarmed competition. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Louis D. Brandeis High School, San Antonio, Texas, showcase the rings they received from the 2018 National High School Drill Team Competition following their 2019 victory in the same event May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. The cadets were the first team in 35 years to accomplish consecutive victories in the competition.

Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Louis D. Brandeis High School, San Antonio, Texas, showcase the rings they received from the 2018 National High School Drill Team Competition following their 2019 victory in the same event May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. The cadets were the first team in 35 years to accomplish consecutive victories in the competition. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

John Jay Silver Eagles from Jay High School in San Antonio stand together after winning their fourth national title in five years at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5, 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. The competition was a three-day event where 68 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill teams from all services compete against one another for titles in more than 50 events.  U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., Army Cadet Command commander, presented the Silver Eagles’ trophy during the award ceremony.  In total, John Jay High School took home 22 trophies from the competition.

John Jay Silver Eagles from Jay High School in San Antonio stand together after winning their fourth national title in five years at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5, 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. The competition was a three-day event where 68 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill teams from all services compete against one another for titles in more than 50 events. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., Army Cadet Command commander, presented the Silver Eagles’ trophy during the award ceremony. In total, John Jay High School took home 22 trophies from the competition. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

John Jay High School’s Unarmed Drill Team Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets receive words of inspiration from U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jermaine Evans, Holm Center command chief, May 3-5, 2019, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. More than 900 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets took part in the competition. Of the 151 national-level trophies to be won among all services, the Air Force took home 84.

John Jay High School’s Unarmed Drill Team Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets receive words of inspiration from U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jermaine Evans, Holm Center command chief, May 3-5, 2019, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. More than 900 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets took part in the competition. Of the 151 national-level trophies to be won among all services, the Air Force took home 84. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio, participated in the Unarmed Flight Exhibition portion of the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. In such a high-level, high-stress competition, precision is key to a successful demonstration.

Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio, participated in the Unarmed Flight Exhibition portion of the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. In such a high-level, high-stress competition, precision is key to a successful demonstration. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Gabriel Lewis, Officer Training School military training instructor from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., inspects cadets at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla.  Three MTIs from OTS participated as judges for the event to help determine which units would take home the top prize. The competition was a three-day event where 68 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill teams from all services competed against each other for titles in more than 50 events.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Gabriel Lewis, Officer Training School military training instructor from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., inspects cadets at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Three MTIs from OTS participated as judges for the event to help determine which units would take home the top prize. The competition was a three-day event where 68 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill teams from all services competed against each other for titles in more than 50 events. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher Niemi, Holm Center commander from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., presents a medal to Cadet Isaiah Watson, West Aurora High School, Ill., for his second place win in the Demilitarized Armed Knockout Competition at the National High School Drill Team Competition, May 3-5 2019, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Cadet Watson beat out more than 500 cadets in a mass formation competition where cadets get ‘knocked out’ for not executing commands perfectly. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)