LAAFB Honor Guard Program Gains Five New Members

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  • By Tamry McCauley, SBD 3 Public Affairs
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The Los Angeles Air Force Base Honor Guard Program inducted five new members into the role as LAAFB Ceremonial Honor Guard July 21 in a ceremony held on base.

Having completed their training, the recent graduates will have the responsibility of representing the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force by supporting memorials, military promotions, retirements, changes of command, awards, and a variety of other civic events.

“These performances take a remarkable amount of hard work on the part of our trainees and our training staff, which is a direct result of their hard work, commitment to excellence, and their strong desire to serve and honor our fallen Air Force and Space Force heroes,” said Nia Torres, Casualty Assistance Representative. “Our team is especially grateful to the instructors, Staff Sgt. Jesse Quintana, 163d Medical Squadron, and Tech Sgt. Jason Dixon, 2T2 Air Terminal Operations Center ATOC Specialist, 452nd Aerial Port Squadron, from March Air Reserve Base.”

These individuals successfully completed the course and now have the distinct honor of being called Base Ceremonial Honor Guards: Capt. Roberto Amaya, Space Systems Integration Office, Space Systems Command; Airman 1st Class Ethan French; Airman 1st Class Litzy Jaime; Airman 1st Class Alicia Ramirez, 61st Medical Squadron, Space Base Delta 3; and 2nd Lt. Ruth Carr, Assured Access to Space, SSC, who joined the ceremony virtually.

The ceremony recognized the graduates who completed 80 hours of training including pall bearing, presenting of colors, and the maintenance and wearing of the ceremonial uniform. The course emphasized the importance of military customs and courtesies, dress, and appearance, as well as drill and ceremony. These components are all necessary for each graduate to employ while representing the USAF and USSF at community and official military ceremonies.

“To be a member of the Base Honor Guard you must have high motivation and commitment, and this group performance today exemplifies that,” said Col. Mia Walsh, commander, Space Base Delta 3.

“As these new members move forward in their journey, they will embody the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do and the Space Force Guardian values of Character, Connection, Commitment, and Courage. Being an honor guard member is an honor like no other,” said Master Sgt. Marisa Wills, senior enlisted leader, 61st Force Support Squadron, and former honor guard member.

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