Grissom Honor Guard seeks new members

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  • By Senior Airman Harrison Withrow
  • 434th ARW Public Affairs

The Grissom Honor Guard is seeking sharp Airmen to grow its ranks.

For over 70 years, the Air Force Honor Guard has served as a representation of all Air Force service members – both past and present – to the American public and world. Through the execution of historical Air Force ceremonies and coordinated movements rooted in a tradition of discipline and integrity, being a member of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard requires exceeding the Air Force standards.

The Grissom Honor Guard has recently gained several vacancies and is looking for Airmen who want to broaden their Air Force experience, said Staff Sgt. Janette Arnold, 434th Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard program manager.

“We do a wide array of ceremonies, including veteran funerals, retirements, changes of command and even presenting the colors at football games,” she said. “In many ways, the Honor Guard is the public face of the Air Force, and that comes with a great sense of pride.”

No prior experience is required to join the Honor Guard, although it certainly helps, said Arnold.

“There are Airmen at Grissom who have previous Honor Guard experience, and we would be thrilled if any of them wished to take it up again,” she said. “For anyone who is interested but doesn’t have a background in Honor Guard, we can certainly train them.”

The Honor Guard is looking for Airmen who have completed their five-level in their current Air Force Specialty Code, and who have a 75% or higher for their fit to fight score.

“We want Airmen with leadership skills who are going to be committed to getting the Honor Guard back to where it needs to be,” said Arnold. “This is a great opportunity for Airmen to network with leadership and veterans, see a different side of the Air Force and show that they can hold themselves to a higher standard.”

For questions regarding Grissom’s honor guard contact Arnold at 765-688-3937.

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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