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Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard are selectively chosen to represent Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force. Through their precise drill movements, immaculate uniform appearance and attention to detail, these Airmen display the integrity, service and excellence expected of airmen around the world. To be selected for the USAF Honor Guard means you are chosen to be the face of the Air Force to American and global audiences as you represent the Air Force in ceremonies, special events and performances across the nation and around the world.

What to Expect

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.

U.S.Air Force Honor Guard RecruitingAs 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.

Noncommissioned Officers U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Recruiting
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
U.S. Air Force Honor Guard RecruitingSNCOs 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 U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Recruiting
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.

Commander's Statement

Vowing to stand sharp, crisp and motionless, members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard practice every day to represent the Air Force in events in the nation's capital, around the country and across the world. Throughout their tour on the USAF Honor Guard, ceremonial guardsmen display the excellence and precision of all Airmen as they participate in ceremonies for the President, Secretary of Defense, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, among other national and international dignitaries. However, the duty they train for the most is also the most somber - they honor Airmen and their families every day during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery.

The USAF Honor Guard is always looking for sharp Airmen with a deep devotion to duty and a strong sense of dedication. If you want to have a memorable and rewarding assignment; if you exhibit the highest professional military standards; if you look forward to the challenge of leading Airmen and representing all others serving your nation, then you are exactly the Airman the USAF Honor Guard is looking for - come join "The Chief's Own."

- Lt. Col. Thurston

How to Join the Honor Guard

There are two ways to join the USAF Honor Guard: as a basic trainee or as a prior-service Airman.

Have you not yet joined the Air Force?
Basic trainees are recruited regularly from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. If you are interested in joining the Air Force and becoming a member of the USAF Honor Guard, your recruiter can contact us and assist you in the process. Click here to learn more about how to join the Air Force.

Already an Airman who has fulfilled your minimum time-on-station requirement?
If you are considered a prior service applicant, ensure you meet the minimum qualifications. Your chain of command will have to recommend you via Developmental Special Duty. After being recommended, you will need to fill out an application electronically.

The USAF Honor Guard does not have any positions for those serving in the Air National Guard or AF Reserve.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Members must be eligible for a permanent change of station reassignment.  Reference AFI 36-2110, Assignments Quality Control, paragraph 2.40, for specific requirements.

2. Performance reports must show the applicant has consistently demonstrated high standards of character, discretion, loyalty and performance.

3. No physical disqualifiers, to include history of posture, back, knee, feet, joint or equilibrium problems.

4. 20/20 vision is required, or it must be correctable via contact lenses.

5. Must present impeccable military image and conform to exacting grooming standards; no shaving waivers allowed.

6. No fear of firearms or have a history of anxiety, emotional or nervous system disorders.

7. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly with no speech impediment.

8. Desired height requirement for males is 5'10" and for females it is 5'6".

9. Have no conviction under the uniformed code of military justice during current enlistment.

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Permissive TDY Shadows Program
(available to E6 and above)
This program allows approved individuals to travel (at their expense) to Washington, D.C., and setup a shadow program with a current USAF Honor Guard guardsmen.  The USAF Recruiting section will handle the schedule of the day. This offers first-hand experience for those considering this assignment.  This program is available right now for E6 and above applicants.  If you are on a government TDY in Washington, D.C., consider contacting us to arrange a one-day extension to participate in this program.

PCS Sponsor Program
The USAF Honor Guard has a sponsor package prepared to send to every approved applicant. Depending on rank, a military training leader or technical training course supervisor will be the applicant's official sponsor. The USAF Honor Guard is committed to ensuring that everyone has a smooth transition to the unit, so please contact us if you are experiencing delays in receiving information (choose the "URGENT - I have PCS sponsor issues!" recipient choice). 

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NFF | USAF Honor Guard Drill Team members perform at Six Flags America in Bowie, MD, July 2-4, 2018. Over 500 patrons enjoyed our Ambassadors in Blue taking part in the amusement park's Fourth of July festivities. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Cameron Gregory) #NeverFailFriday
TBT | 1100th Ceremonial Squadron Commander, Capt. Frank Rehak, and MSgt Charles W. Burkhart pose with the newly designed United States Air Force flag prior to being approved by President Harry S. Truman on March 26, 1951. (Credit United States Air Force Honor Guard Alumni Association) #ThrowBackThursday
INDEPENDENCE DAY | USAF Honor Guard members march in the 233rd Annual Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, RI, July 4, 2018. Approximately 200,000 spectators came out to enjoy the nation’s longest continuous Fourth of July celebration. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Joshua Freely) #AmericasAirmen #IndependenceDay
NFF | June has been a busy month for the USAF Honor Guard Drill Team, with performances in Florida, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Please enjoy this video of Drill Team executing their four-man routine at the Europa Fitness Expo at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX., June 16, 2018. #NeverFailFriday
TBT | Captain Steven L. Woolf served as Commander, United States Air Force Honor Guard, from 1981 to 1983. #ThrowBackThursday
NFF | USAF Honor Guard Drill Team members perform at the Thunder of Niagara International Air Show at the Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, NY., June 10, 2018. This two-day public event was hosted by the 914th Air Refueling Wing and featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the CF Snowbirds / Snowbirds des FC. #NeverFailFriday
Guardsman Spotlight | This week's spotlight is on Senior Airman Thomas Dorsey. Son of a U.S. Army service member, Dorsey joined the U.S. Air Force in 2014. After basic training, he was selected to come to the National Capital Region for Honor Guard technical training. After completing the 8-week-training course in 2015, Dorsey was selected to the Colors element, where he performed in over 450 ceremonies and parades around the country. The most memorable ceremonies that he has been a part of include: Pope Francis’ arrival ceremony at the White House, Presidential Inaugural Concert and Ball, and Disney Land performances in California. "I feel like I'm witnessing and contributing to history in every ceremony that I perform in," said Dorsey. In 2017, he became fully qualified in his element and was chosen to be a member of the Standards and Evaluations team. As a subject matter expert in drill and ceremony, Dorsey observed performances of fellow guardsmen and provided helpful feedback to the unit. He says he feels fortunate to have family that lives in the area and enjoys spending time with them and helping with farm work. Dorsey graduated security forces technical training in April of this year and will be leaving the honor guard to be stationed at Joint Base Andrews. He plans on continuing his military service until he retires. #GuardsmanSpotlight
TBT | The USAF Honor Guard and Joint Service members stand at ease during an arrival ceremony in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (circa 1994). Originally built in 1934, Conmy Hall has been the principle performance center for presidential functions and other military ceremonies. #ThrowBackThursday
Guardsman Spotlight | This week's guardsman spotlight is on Airman 1st Class Angelina Bucher. Bucher, a Glendale, Ariz. native, joined the United States Air Force in 2016. After basic training, she was accepted into the USAF Honor Guard. After graduating tech school, Bucher was selected into the Firing Party element. In 2017, she earned a position as a tour guide at the Pentagon where she has given more than 530 tours to the public. Since assuming her position, she still has an active role in the Honor Guard mission, performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2016 presidential inauguration, 2016 New Orleans Sugar Bowl, and the 2017 Fiesta Bowl. When she completes her Honor Guard tour, she plans to continue her career as a personnelist. After the military she would like to open a business and start a family with her husband.
NFF | The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team performs for students at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., June 15, 2018. #NeverFailFriday https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Summer-Staycation-Family-Flight-Day-Promotes-STEAM_Washington-DC-485647421.html
TBT | Lt. Col. Gaylord Z. Thomas assumes command of the United States Air Force Honor Guard from Maj. Anthony Maisonet in June of 2005. Lt. Col. Thomas served faithfully as the commander of the Honor Guard until January of 2007, retiring from military service just two months later. #ThrowBackThursday
Please enjoy this video of C-Flight 2018's graduation ceremony from earlier today. Congratulations to our newest guardsmen and welcome to the family! #NeverFailFriday
GUARDSMAN SPOTLIGHT | This week the spotlight is on Tech. Sgt. Jerome Bryan! Jerome was born and raised in a small rural town called James Hill, on the island of Jamaica. While attending Excelsior High School, he was accepted into the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF), an organization similar to the JROTC in the United States. Jerome’s fascination with the military structure and way of life grew rapidly. He began seeking out recruiters from all services when he immigrated to the United States in 2006. After speaking with multiple recruiters and doing his own research, Jerome decided to join the Air Force and began Basic Military Training in September of 2007. After graduating Basic Military Training, Jerome worked in Material Management. His first duty station was Langley AFB in Virginia. He stayed in Virginia before coming to Washington, D.C to become a Ceremonial Guardsman in October of 2014. After graduating Honor Guard technical training, he was performed in the Firing Party Element until May of 2015. Currently, he is the Flight Chief of Honor Guard Formal Training where he directs the Honor Guard's technical training program and manages the Base Honor Guard Training Program. He provides guidance and implements Honor Guard policies to 225 bases worldwide. Jerome is currently pursuing a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Logistics Supply Chain Management at Colorado Technical University. He enjoys spending time with his wife, coaching/playing/watching soccer, and work! When Jerome leaves the Honor Guard, he looks forward to returning to his career field and sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience that he has gained from his time as a ceremonial guardsman. We are also happy to announce that Tech. Sgt. Bryan was selected to promote to Master Sgt this past month! #GuardsmanSpotlight
TBT | On this day, in the year 1995, Air Force pilot Scott O' Grady was rescued after surviving nearly a week in hostile territory in Bosnia. On June 2, 1995, Scott was forced to eject from his F-16 after the fighter jet was hit by a soviet made missle. He spent the next six days evading Serbian forces and escaped death multiple times by using the survival training that was given to him earlier in his Air Force career. On June 7th he managed to signal his location to nearby allies and was rescued by U.S. forces just after midnight. #ThrowBackThursday
D-DAY | On June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in Northern France. This began a decisive victory that changed the course of World War II. At the WWII Memorial today, hundreds honored the 2,499 Americans and 1,914 Allied service members who sacrificed their lives on this day to liberate Europe and defeat fascism. #tohonorwithdignity
NEVER FAIL FRIDAY | Congratulations to the 13 ceremonial guardsmen who were recognized during this week's promotion ceremony. We are very proud of you all, keep up the great work. #NeverFailFriday

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