ISRW Ambassadors in Blue train for excellence

Senior Airman Jeremy, 94th Intelligence Squadron, adjust his ceremonial cap during a Base Honor Guard training session Jan. 10, at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jeremy, 94th Intelligence Squadron, adjust his ceremonial cap during a Base Honor Guard training session Jan. 10, at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Technical Sgt. Corey, 29th Intelligence Squadron, instruct Airmen on the proper placement of the ceremonial cap during a Base Honor Guard training session Jan. 10 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes )

Technical Sgt. Corey, 29th Intelligence Squadron, instruct Airmen on the proper placement of the ceremonial cap during a Base Honor Guard training session Jan. 10 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes )

The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard Airmen learn how to adjust their closed-end loop aiguillette for their ceremonial blouse during a Base Honor Guard training session Jan. 10, at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard Airmen learn how to adjust their closed-end loop aiguillette for their ceremonial blouse during a Base Honor Guard training session Jan. 10, at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jared, 41st Intelligence Squadron, adjusts his ribbons for a uniform inspection during Base Honor Guard training Jan. 10 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jared, 41st Intelligence Squadron, adjusts his ribbons for a uniform inspection during Base Honor Guard training Jan. 10 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

The ceremonial guardsman uniform is unlike the traditional Air Force service dress uniform as it is a modified service dress uniform. This cuts costs and enables installations worldwide to purchase and wear the uniform locally while keeping the intent and vision of the Base Honor Guard ceremonial uniform as stated in the Honor Guard Manual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

The ceremonial guardsman uniform is unlike the traditional Air Force service dress uniform as it is a modified service dress uniform. This cuts costs and enables installations worldwide to purchase and wear the uniform locally while keeping the intent and vision of the Base Honor Guard ceremonial uniform as stated in the Honor Guard Manual. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Master Sgt. John McMahon, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard superintendent, overlooks a colors detail Airman before starting a retirement ceremony Feb. 24 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Master Sgt. John McMahon, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard superintendent, overlooks a colors detail Airman before starting a retirement ceremony Feb. 24 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard Airmen wait for the signal to begin the color presentation for a retirement ceremony Feb.24 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard Airmen wait for the signal to begin the color presentation for a retirement ceremony Feb.24 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Minhoi Brewer, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Logistics, calls commands during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Minhoi Brewer, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Logistics, calls commands during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Master Sgt. John McMahon, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard superintendent, shows Airman 1st Class Michael, 29th Intelligence Squadron, proper placement of the rifle stock during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Master Sgt. John McMahon, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Base Honor Guard superintendent, shows Airman 1st Class Michael, 29th Intelligence Squadron, proper placement of the rifle stock during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Minhoi Brewer, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Logistics, explains commands during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Staff Sgt. Minhoi Brewer, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Logistics, explains commands during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Edward, 41st Intelligence Squadron, practices Base Honor Guard rifle movements after duty hours to ensure proficiency for Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Staff Sgt. Edward, 41st Intelligence Squadron, practices Base Honor Guard rifle movements after duty hours to ensure proficiency for Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Airman 1st Class Michael, 29th Intelligence Squadron, laughs at the end of Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Airman 1st Class Michael, 29th Intelligence Squadron, laughs at the end of Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Minhoi Brewer, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Logistics, calls commands during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Staff Sgt. Minhoi Brewer, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Logistics, calls commands during Base Honor Guard rifle movements training Mar. 2 at Fort George G. Meade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. --

Since 2009, Airmen from the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing have participated in the Air Force Base Honor Guard program  to support Air Force units here and the local community. To maintain the traditions and services a Base honor Guard provides, these Airmen tirelessly volunteer to train and uphold proficiency as ‘Ambassadors in Blue.’

The team is comprised of all volunteers and maintains traditional leadership roles, such as an officer-in-charge, superintendent and a non-commissioned officer in charge. Several other positions Airmen fill are used to support the team, such as training manager, operations manager and equipment manager. Each doing their part to ensure mission success.

“The 70th ISRW Base Honor Guard is a diverse group of members, varying from SNCOs [senior non-commissioned officers] who have participated in HG at numerous bases around the world, to Airmen right out of tech school who are eager to be part of this military tradition,” 2nd Lt. Erica Zentner, 70th ISRW Base Honor Guard OIC, said. “Because the organization is an all-volunteer honor guard, each and every member fulfills a critical role in allowing the HG to execute its mission and pay the necessary respects at ceremonies across Fort Meade and the local area.”

 

Zenter said the members of their team “demonstrate invaluable dedication” because they complete their ISR missions while also supporting their Wingmen with Esprit de Corps. 

 

The Airmen support local agencies with ceremony presentations, retirements, distinguished visitor honor cordons and color ceremonies. They also support events for the city and state with events that honor veterans and military members. One ongoing local partnership with the city is presenting the colors during the Preakness races.

 

As of today, the team only has 10 active members to support these missions, though they are always looking for more volunteers. Because of the nature of the Wing’s mission, some Honor Guardsmen are unable to pull away from their full-time duties to support the base.

 

“Currently, the team is smaller than we’d like it to be, especially as we move into our busy summer season,” Tech. Sgt. Baine Barreda, Base Honor Guard NCOIC, said. “We are always looking for motivated members to join the team.”

 

Once an Airman volunteers for the Base Honor Guard, there is training to complete.

“Training typically takes about a month and includes learning rifle movements and presenting the colors,” Barreda said.


“Our members are hard-working volunteers who strive to assist our Wing in maintaining the USAF's time-honored traditions,” Zentner said. The team’s work and ability to operate at a full mission capacity and simultaneously support our organization is a testament to the kind of personnel we want to join our Honor Guard team.”

 

Airmen who would like to volunteer to join the 70th ISRW Base Honor Guard team can attend their weekly practice Tuesday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Building 9801. For more information, contact a team leader at 70ISRW.HG.HonorGuard@us.af.mil.