About Us

The Upstate Regional Drill Championships was founded in 2014, when Colonel David A. Rearick, now retired, instructor of the Pendleton High School AFJROTC program, approached Ben Phillips, Executive Director of Anderson Lights of Hope about beginning a drill competition. With the resources between both individuals, the URDC was created.

Pendleton High School and Anderson Lights of Hope hosted the 3rd annual Upstate Regional Drill Championships on March 11, 2017 at the Anderson Civic Center. The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) has units in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. These branches will be represented by students who have spent hundreds of hours training to compete. 

The Upstate Regional Drill Competition featured an estimated 600 cadets. These cadets are from high schools regionally located throughout the Southeast United States. Drill competition is designed to showcase military drill precision and foster an atmosphere of team and individual competition, while promoting true sportsmanship.

Cadets will compete in inspection, regulation, color guard and exhibition events, both armed and unarmed. The goal of JROTC is a program providing students with an opportunity to develop quality character, knowledge of their citizenship, and leadership skills. ALL Veterans and active military are invited & encouraged to attend this event. 

Members of the National Guard Unit in Anderson, area recruiters, Clemson ROTC Officers, and other active military soldiers will serve as judges. Council, Senators, Congressmen, Representatives, Governors, and other elected offices have been invited to attend. The doors open at 8:00 am and the first event begins at 9:00 am. Awards will be given out around 4:00 pm.

Ben Phillips - Co-Founder 2014

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David Rearick, Retired Colonel USAF - Co-Founder 2014


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