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Famous Veterans: Hiram Bingham III Brings Machu Picchu to the World

Photo courtesy of Martin St-Amant, Wikipedia.

It has been a little over a 100 years since Hiram Bingham, as leader of an expedition from Yale University, rediscovered the forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu. Bingham had been in South America a few years before and had been persuaded that the last stronghold of the Inca dynasty was close. In 1911 Bingham, with the help of two of the indigenous farmers, found Machu Picchu. Although there are claims that others found it earlier, the pictures Bingham took showed the world the incredible sight. When Bingham returned to Peru in 1911 and over several subsequent visits, he took literally over a million pictures to document the sight. Today Machu Picchu is one of the most visited sites in South America. Bingham achieved the rank of captain of the Connecticut National Guard in 1916. In 1917, he became an aviator and organized the United States Schools of Military Aeronautics at eight universities to provide ground school training for aviation cadets. As a Colonel he commanded the Third Aviation Instruction Center, the Air Service's largest primary instruction and pursuit training school, in Issoudun, France. Bingham was later Governor of Connecticut for one day and then a U.S. Senator.

Bingham's son, Hiram Bingham IV, was also a decorated war hero and has been credited with saving the lives of countless number of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust, including the famous painter Marc Chagall and a famous German biochemist, Otto Meyerhof. Meyerhof, did some of the first work on muscles and metabolism, immigrated to the US and worked in the Philadelphia area. Six years after Bingham's death in 1988, his son found hidden documents in his father's closet. The documents proved that he had processed documents for thousands of European Jews, even though it was against official US diplomatic policy at the time. In June 2002, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell presented Bingham's children with a "Courageous Diplomat" award and praised Bingham's "constructive dissent." To read more about Bingham see 
USEmbassy.gov.

Competitive Drill: Drill Culture

Until the rise of the professional driller in 2009, the culture of drill was restricted almost entirely to teams. Every team had their own culture, move names, best driller, and lore. As the drill community has expanded, so has the culture. Now, there's a culture that exists outside of teams. On your own, you may not know where to find the right resources to explore the wider drill culture, but this short guide will tell you where to start.

The first place you'll want to go to learn more about the culture is to the Independent Drill Facebook Group. Log onto Facebook and join the group. This is currently the premiere hang-out location for discussion on drill, video sharing, and making friends in the community. Now, this community currently has over 1,700 members, and that might be overwhelming. A smaller alternative to the Independent Drill group is also on Facebook, under the name of Generation Drill. It’s a similar group, just smaller. For the best experience, join both!

Next, you'll want to know the "official" names of the tricks in the community. Many teams have different names for different tricks, and there has only been one attempt to standardize those names. The list of tricks (along with videos) is available at IndependentDrill.com under the Trick Library tab. Learn the community-official names to have an easier time navigating the group chats.

In addition to the Independent Drill projects, there are several others that contribute to the culture of drill. One of these is a YouTube channel hosted by the 2014 World Drill Champion, Samuel Gozo, titled "Drill Motivation." In the Drill Motivation channel, you'll learn about Sam Gozo's journey towards becoming a World Champion. You'll hear about why drill is special, how it changes people for the better, and why you most definitely, absolutely, positively, MUST go drill RIGHT NOW. If you need some motivation, this is the channel for you.

There are far too many sources of culture to list here. It's exciting to drill in a time when our sport is growing as rapidly as it is. Drill is still a newer professional sport, and is always looking to fill in gaps in the culture. While there are already some successful drill operations happening, there is always room for more. After you've found your way into the wider drill culture, find a way to contribute to it. It's up to us to expand drill culture into something bigger than it is.

Adam Jeup has been an active driller for 11 years and has competed at IWDC. He owns and operates Independent Drill, a learning resource for drillers of all skill levels. Adam is a regular contributor to the Bugler. Stay tuned for his exclusive articles on competitive drill!

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