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Honor Guard Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Nicole Reynolds

By | 437th Civil Engineer Squadron | August 20, 2008

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Name: Airman 1st Class Nicole Reynolds

Hometown: Charleston, S.C.

Squadron and job title: 437th Civil Engineering Squadron engineering apprentice

Time in the Air Force: one-and-a-half years

Time in the Honor Guard: five months

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard? I joined the Honor Guard not quite knowing what I was getting into. I knew that it involved rendering honors at military funerals and colors ceremonies but, until I went to my first funeral I didn't fully understand the meaning behind the ceremonies. I wanted to contribute my part in paying respects to those who have served so proudly before me. Being able to positively impact the family during a time of grief is very fulfilling.

What is your favorite aspect of the Honor Guard? My favorite part about the Honor Guard is that I am able to see the impact and difference my job makes firsthand. The appreciation from the families of the deceased makes it all worth it.

What is your most memorable moment in the Honor Guard? My most memorable moment in the Honor Guard was the first time I presented the folded flag to the next-of-kin. It was a boy, about 17, whose father had just retired from the Air Force and was killed by a drunk driver. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. Keeping my bearing when everyone around me was sobbing and knowing that this boy had lost his father because of someone else's fault, was heartbreaking. I'll remember that forever.

What are your future career goals? To take advantage of the Montgomery G.I. Bill and continue an education while hopefully raising a family with my husband, Joshua.

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