Maxwell Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > Feature - Maxwell honor guard relies on units in order to focus on mission
 
Photos
Previous ImageNext Image
Honor Guard provides for families of fallen
Members of the Maxwell Air Force Base Honor Guard perform a memorial ceremony held Aug. 22, 2012 at the Alabama National Cemetary in Montevallo Ala. Although Mr. was U.S. Naval veteran, Honor Guard Airmen participate in joint service funerals around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Voss)
Download HiRes
 
Related Links
 http://www.maxwell.af.mil/photos/slideshow.asp?id={FDBA7417-AD58-4F51-A0EF-C810593AD0E6}
Maxwell honor guard relies on units in order to focus on mission

Posted 9/4/2012   Updated 9/4/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class William Blankenship
Air University Public Affairs


9/4/2012 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  -- The Maxwell Honor Guard is on the road most days of the year providing honors for fallen service members in the Southeast. During a four-month rotation, it is common for honor guard members to spend many Saturdays in service dress. With a small team of often-junior Airmen, this alone requires massive amounts of dedication. Add to that the number of promotion, retirement and change of command ceremonies on base and it is easy to see why the unit is always seeking volunteers.

Recently however, the Maxwell Honor Guard faced with a decision between supporting an on-base event or a funeral service stated they would be unable to continue support of events like promotions, retirements and special events; instead, the base would reach out offering unit personnel training to facilitate posting the colors at various events around base.

"We are looking for ways to partner with units to both reduce the Honor Guard footprint in their organization, sustain support for their events and continue to provide funeral honors to our fallen heroes," said Master Sgt. Danny J. Bradberry, Superintendent for Maxwell Honor Guard. "We will continue supporting base-wide community events, pending that they do not conflict with honors being provided for fallen military members."

The training of unit personnel assists in honor guard efforts to become more efficient in supporting the needs of almost all of Alabama and a few counties in Georgia.

"With increased unit support we can better serve the Maxwell community," said Airman 1st Class Lance Thornton, Air University computer programmer and honor guard member. "The honor guard members train the unit representatives to do everything that the base honor guard does; this will include how to fold the flag, all the facing movements, and the proper ceremonial way to do everything."

While trained unit personnel are staffing the smaller base events, the base honor guard will continue providing eligible veterans the military funeral honors required by law including those from the sister services in the area.

"Generally there are about four to 12 funerals a week," said Airman 1st Class Benjamin Smith, Air University finance office and honor guard member. "There is a feeling of humility knowing you are supporting a fallen military member."

The mission of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is to represent Airmen to the American public and the world.

"I believe with honor guard capabilities it gives you a better chance for awards," said Thornton. "It's really a fulfilling duty and now more Maxwell Airmen have the opportunity to be a part of this team."

If there is uncertainty regarding the appropriate level of an event, the waiver authority is the 42nd Mission Support Group commander at 953-4204.



tabComments
No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Maxwell AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabSocial Media Dashboard
Facebook

Facebook

Twitter

Twitter

YouTube

YouTube

tabTop StoriesRSS feed 
AF women try out for basketball team

Holly Petraeus touts financial protection resources availabe through CFPB

Officer Training School graduates first total force class

Maximize your work out with MaxFit  1

CCAF graduates largest class to date

Maxwell-Gunter wingmen plan to "rise to the occasion"

NASCAR driver visits Maxwell

Happy 67th Birthday Air Force from Maxwell Air Force Base

"Hiring our Heroes" stops in Montgomery

SOS shortens to increase attendance

  arrow More Stories

tabAETC NewsRSS feed 
ANG Focus Day: strengthening a key AF, AETC partnership

AF women try out for basketball team

Key Spouse program supports military families

VFA-101 "Grim Reapers" introduce F-35C to NAS Oceana  1

Defense officials establish Ebola medical support team

Goodfellow first in AETC to reach CFC goal

Goodfellow memorializes Sgt. Brandenburg


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act