NEWS | March 27, 2013

Air Force Honor Guard visits Joint Base Charleston

By Senior Airman George Goslin Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston, S.C. -
The Air Force Honor Guard recruiting team visited Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, March 25, 2013, to recruit Airmen to join its elite ranks.

During their visit, the team held an Honor Guard Drill Team demonstration inside the Air Base Theater, followed by a question and answer session for potential applicants.

"There is definitely a difference between the base Honor Guard and the Air Force Honor Guard," said Donna Collins, 628th Force Support Squadron Mortuary Affairs coordinator. "At the base level, our members do everything, from presenting the colors to pallbearers to a gun-salute team. At the Air Force level, the Honor Guard has specific flights for the individual teams, so if you're on the firing party, for example, that's all you do."

The Air Force Honor Guard recruits the majority of its members from basic training, but they also need noncommissioned officers. The requirements for this elite team are:

· Airmen must be eligible for a permanent change-of-station reassignment.

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

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

· 20/20 vision is required, or correctable via contact lenses.

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

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

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

· Desired height requirement for males is 5 foot, 10 inches and for females, 5 foot, 6 inches.

· Have no conviction under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice during current enlistment.

Airmen interested in joining the Air Force Honor Guard and who meet the minimum requirements, can visit http://www.honorguard.af.mil/recruiting/index.asp and complete the application process.

For more information, contact Senior Master Sgt. Michelle McMeekin, 628th FSS Career Assistant advisor, at 963-2768.