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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Battle Color brings brass and bayonets to Pendleton

By Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | March 18, 2013

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The Silent Drill Platoon marches toward the field where more than 1,000 spectators were in attendance during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15.

The Silent Drill Platoon marches toward the field where more than 1,000 spectators were in attendance during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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The Silent Drill Platoon performs a maneuver called the “bursting bomb” during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15.

The Silent Drill Platoon performs a maneuver called the “bursting bomb” during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Cpl. Tyler Dutton, the Silent Drill Platoon Rifle Inspector, conducts a rifle inspection during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15.

Cpl. Tyler Dutton, the Silent Drill Platoon Rifle Inspector, conducts a rifle inspection during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Lance Cpl. Garrett A. Troutner is a rifleman, assigned to the Marine Corps' Silent Drill Platoon, who performed in the 2013 Battle Color Ceremony held on the Paige Filedhouse Football Field here March 15. In addition to the countless hours these Marines spending perfecting their drill sequence, they also make time to maintain their Marine rifleman skills with field training exercises.

Lance Cpl. Garrett A. Troutner is a rifleman, assigned to the Marine Corps' Silent Drill Platoon, who performed in the 2013 Battle Color Ceremony held on the Paige Filedhouse Football Field here March 15. In addition to the countless hours these Marines spending perfecting their drill sequence, they also make time to maintain their Marine rifleman skills with field training exercises. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Capt. Christopher Hall, the Drum and Bugle Corps executive officer and Lance Cpl. Tyler Thompson, the Battle Color Detachment guidon bearer, march on to the field during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15.

Capt. Christopher Hall, the Drum and Bugle Corps executive officer and Lance Cpl. Tyler Thompson, the Battle Color Detachment guidon bearer, march on to the field during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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The Silent Drill Platoon stands in formation awaiting a rifle inspection, while more than 1,000 spectators sat in attedance at the 2013 Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15.

The Silent Drill Platoon stands in formation awaiting a rifle inspection, while more than 1,000 spectators sat in attedance at the 2013 Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Staff Sgt. Scott Wilkie, the Silent Drill Platoon Sergeant, awaits review by the platoon commander during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15.

Staff Sgt. Scott Wilkie, the Silent Drill Platoon Sergeant, awaits review by the platoon commander during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, center, thanks the Marines from the Battle Color Detachment for their performance after the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. Toolan is the commanding general for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force here.

Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, center, thanks the Marines from the Battle Color Detachment for their performance after the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. Toolan is the commanding general for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force here. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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The Battle Color Detachment from Marine Barracks Washington march past, reviewing officers Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese and Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. Coglianese is the base commanding general and regional authority of five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States and Toolan is the commanding general for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force here.

The Battle Color Detachment from Marine Barracks Washington march past, reviewing officers Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese and Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, during the Battle Color Ceremony at the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here March 15. Coglianese is the base commanding general and regional authority of five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States and Toolan is the commanding general for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force here. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

More than 1,000 spectators filled the bleachers of the Paige Fieldhouse Football Field here during the Battle Color Ceremony March 15.

The Silent Drill Platoon, the Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Corps Color Guard make up the Battle Color Detachment. The detachment is based at the historic Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., the oldest active post in the Marine Corps.

“The Battle Color Detachment strives to motivate, entertain, and inspire Marines and the public with every performance,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Miles, the 29-year-old narrator for the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment.

“We perform together nearly 50 times per year throughout the United States and abroad,” Miles said.

The detachment featured a variety of musical performances followed by a performance by the Silent Drill Platoon.

Marines.com site described members of the Silent Drill Platoon as “handpicked to represent the Marine Corps. Through intense practice, they learn to perform precise rifle drill movements flawlessly for audiences across America—without a single verbal command ever being spoken.”

“We have to show the public and the rest of the Marine Corps what we’re all about,” said Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Smith, the 21-year-old rifleman with the Silent Drill Platoon. “I try to portray precision and discipline with every performance.”

The Silent Drill Platoon performed numerous drill sequences and concluded with a one-of-a-kind rifle inspection, which demonstrated more showmanship than function.

Smith, one of the inspected riflemen, said he felt the inspection went very well. Things can go wrong in a split second and marines have to be able to react quickly, and Smith said he has to focus hard every time.

The Battle Color Detachment spends countless hours perfecting drill and musical expertise.

After the ceremony, the audience was welcomed on the field for a meet-and-greet with Marines from the battle color detachment. It wasn’t long after the ceremony until the detachment was back on the road, headed to their next event at the School of Infantry here that afternoon.

For more information visit, community.marines.mil.

Contact Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca at Trevon.Peracca@usmc.mil.

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