Technical Training SchoolThe U.S. Air Force Honor Guard operates a Technical Training School located on-site. The eight-week training program teaches drill, discipline and standards to all incoming ceremonial guardsmen. The school is mandated by the Air Education and Training Command curriculum. The unit provides indoor and outdoor training areas with structures and equipment to simulate locations in Arlington National Cemetery.
Standardization & Evaluations
The Standardization & Evaluations flight assesses, inspects, evaluates and monitors all functions affecting the quality of the Air Force Honor Guard. It provides the commander with feedback on all operations, personnel and programs. Through effective and thorough evaluations on all ceremonies performed in the National Capitol Region and beyond, the Standardization and Evaluation team is responsible for developing, maintaining and preserving all of the unit's operational processes, instructions, manuals and lesson plans.
The Honor Guard operates its own armory on-site. The facility is responsible for every weapon as well as managing the unit's five-vehicle fleet. The armory protects, secures and maintains over two-million dollars worth of weapons, ordinance, vehicles and other resources used in more than 2,500 ceremonies the Honor Guard performs every year. The personnel are responsible for weapon safety and accountability, and must ensure strict adherence of DoD, Air Force and Honor Guard policy and directives. There are four different weapons housed in this particular armory: the Springfield 1903, which is the primary weapon of Color Teams, the Garand M-1, used by the Drill Team and for presidential ceremonies, the Grand M-14, used by the Firing Party and the Ceremonial Flight, and finally, the Smith & Wesson .38 Cal. M-15 that serves as the Noncommissioned Officer's sidearm along with the Beretta Model 92F M9 that serves as the Armorer's sidearm.
Supply manages the mandatory equipment for every member of the Honor Guard by issuing, replacing, and providing on-site alterations and professional dry cleaning to the specialized ceremonial uniform worn only by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsmen. Supply is also responsible for maintaining and servicing all flags used by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard as well as providing special uniform support to Air Force Aides and the White House Social Aides.
Mission Operation Center
The scheduling section orchestrates the commitment and movement of approximately 120 Airmen to more than 10 different ceremonies each day in the National Capital Region. The daily schedule can run from 2:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day of the year, to include federal holidays. To contact the scheduling office, call 202-767-9254 during business hours.
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard houses an on-site barber shop, exclusively available to ceremonial guardsmen and women assigned to the unit six days a week. The Barber Shop is critical in ensuring that the Airmen display the professional image standard set by the Air Force daily. All Ceremonial Guardsmen must have a fresh haircut when they report every Monday, and they must maintain a fresh haircut throughout the work week.
Additionally, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard has a Resource Manager, Force Development Manager and Training Manager -- some of whom are also ceremonial guardsmen.