All ceremonial guardsmen of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard have the responsibility of representing the U.S. and the Air Force in a variety of ceremonies conducted throughout the capital area, including ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon, National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and sacred Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The USAF Honor Guard also travels across the country representing the Air Force at hometown events, high schools and some of the biggest major-league sporting events.
As an Airman in the USAF Honor Guard, you are entrusted to uphold the standards of all Airmen in the Air Force -- you represent them. You must epitomize perfection in dress and appearance, customs and courtesies and drill and ceremonies. You are responsible for ensuring that you, and your fellow wingmen, are physically and mentally prepared to flawlessly execute the USAF Honor Guard's mission.
Junior NCOs can serve in leadership positions as NCOs in charge or element leaders in the only selectively manned 210-member squadron with a full-time ceremonial mission. NCOs perform in all unit ceremonies while also executing a variety of ancillary responsibilities, including mission scheduling, standardization/evaluation and U.S. Air Force Drill Team operations. All NCOs ensure subordinate ceremonial guardsmen maintain mission readiness and will have immediate supervision of between five and 10 Airmen.
Senior Noncommissioned Officers
SNCOs are responsible for day-to-day operations of a flight as superintendent or NCOIC, supervising flight-level operations for as many as 50 to 60 Airmen. SNCOs advise flight commanders on planning, operational matters, mission readiness and ceremonial standards. SNCOs are ceremonial guardsmen and perform in all unit ceremonies and ensure subordinate guardsmen maintain mission readiness. Ceremonies include presidential inaugurations, joint-service state and Air Force funerals, joint-service and Air Force wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, White House and Pentagon arrival and departure ceremonies and Air Force and joint-service parades throughout the National Capital Region.
Company Grade Officers
In addition to standard flight commander duties, the USAF Honor Guard officers provide mission briefs to senior DoD and Air Force leadership -- routinely briefing the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other Air Force general officers. Company grade officers primarily lead ceremonial formations in two functions: commanding Air Force formations in joint-service ceremonies honoring the President of the United States, foreign heads of state and senior DoD leaders; and leading Air Force ceremonies during military honors funerals, performing as many as 10 full-honors funerals each week at Arlington National Cemetery.