Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard Airmen walk into Hoban Hall at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 3, 2017. Barkdale’s Honor Guard covers a four hour radius that covers parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard Airmen carry an empty casket for an evaluation at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Airmen must pass evaluations on multiple details in order to be a performing Honor Guardsman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard Airmen fold an American Flag for an evaluation at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Airmen must pass evaluations on multiple details in order to be a performing Honor Guardsman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard Airmen fold an American flag for an evaluation at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Airmen must pass evaluations on multiple details in order to be a performing Honor Guardsman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Airman 1st Class Jorge Rodriguez, 2nd Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician, stands at the position of attention at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Honor Guard typically has between 20 to 24 Airmen on a rotation at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard practice for the presentation-of-colors detail at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Honor Guard typically has between 20 to 24 Airmen on a rotation at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Honor Guard Airmen practice for the presentation-of-colors detail at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. A typical detail consist of three to six Airmen. Presentation of colors requires four Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Airman 1st Class Jorge Rodriguez, 2nd Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician, prepares the flag for the presentation-of-colors detail at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Honor Guard applicants are graded on their presentation of self, uniform, marching skills, and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

Honor Guard’s high tempo pride

Airman 1st Class Kenneth Serzynski, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fuels distribution operator; Airman 1st Class Morgan Breaux, 2nd Maintenance Squadron phase inspection journeyman; Airman 1st Class Jorge Rodriguez, 2nd Maintenance squadron nondestructive inspection technician; Airman 1st Class Noland Macy, 2nd Maintenance squadron aircrew egress systems technician; all Honor Guard Airmen, practice for a detail at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 2, 2017. Honor Guard consists of Airmen from all across Barksdale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Due to recent hurricanes, Barksdale's Honor Guard Airmen have been experiencing higher than normal operation levels in order to honor fallen veterans affected by the storms.  

As four Airmen prepare for a color guard detail, they check each other's uniforms to ensure perfection for the presentation of colors. To them, honor guard is a privilege, one worth honoring, even when the job is demanding.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a lot of requests for Honor Guard came through. For the last few weeks, honor guard has handled an average 10-12 details a weekend.

 

"Usually, we process about three to five details in one weekend," said Tech Sgt. Brandon Henry, Honor Guard noncommissioned officer in charge. "It can be hard on the Airmen sometimes, being around death all of the time. They handle it well and are trained to respect and honor the deceased and their family with honor and pride. This kind of training helps their entire career."

 

They give their all, even when the work flow is normal. To them honor guard is much more than just a brief break from their day to day jobs. According to these Airmen, Honor Guard is about pride and dignity.

To one particular Airman, honor guard is about reputation and being an excellent representative of military customs.

 

"We are the last, or only, representation of the military that these families see," said Senior Airmen Trey McClain, 2nd Medical Group diagnostic imaging technician. "We can make the entire Air Force look good or bad. That is why it is important for us to look good, be on point, and have such high honors for our deceased service members."

 

Attending a funeral can be difficult for friends and family involved. Being an Honor Guard Airman involves attending many funerals. To these Airmen, it is not a time to fall apart, walk away or shut down; it is a time to rise and stand for the service members that fought for America; it is a time to toast their brethren.