Kentish Guards

Rhode Island Historic Militia
Chartered October 29th, 1774

Line Officers

Colonel Theodore H. Aschman II, Commandant
Colonel Aschman enlisted in the Kentish Guards in 1995. He started off as a rifle man and has served in various positions including Color Guard, Ordnance Officer, Line Captain, Line Major and LTC Executive Officer. He holds company service awards and shooting qualification badges. He is also a past commodore of the Edgewood Yacht Club and a past master of his Masonic Lodge.

Colonel Warren S. Kaye, Executive Officer
Colonel Kaye enlisted in 2005 and worked his way up the ranks, starting as a rifleman and eventually being elected Colonel in 2011. He has held various officer positions within the company, including Ordnance, Quartermaster, and Executive officer. Colonel Kaye has done extensive work in the armory over the years and secured many grants to help with its upkeep. He has and still serves on many committees. Colonel Kaye is the recipient of several awards, including the Rhode Island Meritorious Service Award, US Army Public Service Commendation Medal, State Expert Marksman Medal, Kentish Guard Gold and Silver Medal awards, and Militia Service Award. His family has been very active and supportive with the armory and company over the years. 

Major Matthew McAllister, Line Major/Quartermaster
Major Matthew McAllister joined the company in 2018. He participates as a base drummer in the Fife and Drum Corp, Quartermaster, and Line Major of the company. 

Colonel Richard Sheryka, Line Captain/Chaplain
Colonel Richard Sheryka joined as a founding member of the Kentish Guards Fife & Drum Corps when it was 'reorganized' in 1966. He also served as a member of the Kentish Guards Band in 1966-67. He left for a few years to attend college, but returned to the Fife & Drum in 1974. Enlisting in the Kentish Guards Militia in 1976, he continued to serve for several years as the Fife Sergeant and as the Militia Quartermaster, Line Major and as Colonel Commanding in 2005. Since then, he has continued to serve as a Fifer and in various offices as needed, currently the Company's Line Captain and Chaplain. 

Major Christopher Myers, Bandmaster
Major Myers joined the Kentish Guard in 2004. He has served as Fife Sergeant and leader of the Fife and Drum Corp for many years. He is a skilled musician and well respected in the Fife and Drum Corp community. He donates a lot of time teaching his craft to students both young and old. 

Major Jon Buzzi, Business Manager/Paymaster/Treasurer
MAJ Jon H Buzzi first joined the Kentish Guards Fife and Drum Corps as a Snare Drummer in 1987, after a few years hiatus from playing, including various wind ensembles and community band gigs and a stint in the RI Matadors Drum & Bugle Corps. An interesting sideline is that growing up in Barrington, and always having a passion for history, he would see the Kentish Guards in the Bristol Fourth of July parades growing up. Upon starting his career at Cherry Semiconductor in East Greenwich, he happened to see a newspaper clipping showing the KGF&DC on the office wall of fellow co-worker and fifer Paul Ferrara, and the connection was made. He finally became a member of the militia Company in 2000 and started assisting then Business Manager MAJ Rick Corbett, eventually taking over when MAJ Corbett moved out of State. In 2019, he was asked by then COL Paul Ferrara to take on the role of Paymaster/Treasurer/Business Manager and continues in this role, as well as that of Snare Drummer, to this day.  

Major Mathew Finlay, Adjutant
Major Finlay joined the Kentish Guards in May of 2005. He started out as a rifleman in the unit and was promoted to Lieutenant, then Captain as Company Quartermaster, then Ordinance Department lead officer. He has served on various committees over the years supporting the company and has participated in preserving the historic armory. As adjutant he handles all paperwork and enlistments and coordinates with the Adjutant General’s office. Major Finlay is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. 

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