By Anthony Juan, Special to Horizons
Tuesday, March 9th, ERAU’s Strike Eagle Club, consisting of the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard, Rifle Drill Team, and Sabre Drill Team, performed in the Student Union Courtyard on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA) Elections Committee. Each team was able to perform not once, but two times back to back in unfavorable weather conditions while remaining sharp, crisp, and motionless.
This is the first time that each team stepped up to complete two performances within a half hour. All teams strive to never let their performance be dictated by the type of ceremony, severity of the temperature, or size of the crowd.
In a pre-Covid world, these teams would usually head to Southern California to compete in the Southern California Invitational Drill Meet (SCIDM). Although SCIDM is a completely different ambiance, the teams were able to dedicate the same work ethic and commitment as if they were going to SCIDM and make appropriate adjustments with social distancing and face coverings.
Members of the Honor Guard and drill teams practice from 8 to 12 hours a week in order to achieve the precision required to perfect their movements. They ensure their quality of performance is a solid representation of the U.S. Air Force’s professionalism and excellence. Strike Eagle Club succeeds not only because of its members’ dedication, but also through the support of Air Force ROTC, its faculty advisors, TSgt Reese and SSgt Anderson, Student Campus Enhancement Fund (SCEF), and SGA.
For any presentation requests from Strike Eagle Club’s performance teams or information on joining Strike Eagle Club, please contact the club President, Logan Stevens [firstname.lastname@example.org], or the Vice President, Isael Villanueva [email@example.com].