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Patriot Honor Guard seeks motivated Airmen

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Members of the Patriot Honor Guard perform a mock funeral at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., last summer. Patriot Honor Guard officials are now hiring Airmen to fill three enlisted vacancies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Patriot Honor Guard officials are now hiring Airmen to fill three enlisted vacancies here.

Staff sergeants and senior airmen at Hanscom AFB who are “highly motivated and extremely sharp” are eligible to apply.

“Applicants must demonstrate high professional and military conduct,” wrote Senior Master Sgt. Brian Tisdall, 66th Force Support Squadron superintendent, in an email to base personnel.

He added that applicants must be physically fit without a history of back or knee problems and able to lift 40 pounds. Applicants must also not be on a shaving waiver.

The position is for two years with an option for a third. Applications are due by May 1.

Members of the Patriot Honor Guard provide military funeral honors throughout New England and parts of New York for active duty Airmen, retired members and veterans who served in the United States Air Force.

The core elements include playing taps, folding the American flag and presenting it to a family member.

Six active duty members and more than 30 others who serve as augmentees staff the Patriot Honor Guard. The team also receives Honor Guard support from Air National Guard and Reserve units throughout the region.

In addition to funeral honors, Hanscom's Honor Guard participates in community and base-related events on- and off-base as staffing permits.

"It's an incredible honor for us to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who, during times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our nation," said Tech. Sgt. David Seng, Patriot Honor Guard noncommissioned officer in charge. "This ceremonial paying of respect is one of the final recognitions a grateful nation can provide to a veteran's family."

For further information, contact Seng or Tech. Sgt. Meldion Shehu at 781-225-5900.