Meet the Drill Operations Officer

1/C John Gemma hails from Exeter, Rhode Island. Mr. Gemma is currently in his fourth year with Drill Team and in his last year of study in "Marine Sciences, Marine Safety  & Environmental Protection " program at the Academy.

Drill Team

Band marching down Constitution Street

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Drill Team is a precision drill platoon. Their primary mission is showcasing the discipline of Massachusetts Maritime Academy both regionally and nationally through solid routines displaying "discipline, knowledge and leadership" with the general issued M1 Garand rifles. The Drill Team is led by 1/C John Gemma along with his assistant staff officers 2/C Pandora Walker and 2/C Patrick Gherardi. The Drill Team competes annually at Drill & Military Excellence Competitions regionally, consistently earning top awards in color guard and exhibition drill. The Drill Team has it regulation and, "trick", exhibition drill components and you will often see the drill exhibition unit, "Alpha Platoon" on parade with the Regimental Field Band and Honor Guard. 

Honor Guard