Patriot Honor Guard seeking Airmen for full-time ceremonial positions

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Patriot Honor Guard officials are seeking Airmen to serve as ceremonial guardsmen for rotations ranging from six months to two to three years.

The positions are available for Airmen in the ranks of airman first class to technical sergeant, as well as second lieutenants to captains.

"We're looking to expand our team with quality Airmen who have a calling to support our mission to honor our fallen brothers and sisters," said Tech. Sgt. Mourice McDuffie, 66th Force Support Squadron interim superintendent of the Patriot Honor Guard.

On average, the team supports more than 2,000 annual events throughout New England and New York, providing military honors at veterans' funerals and other details.

"For most friends and families of the deceased, we are the last military interaction they will have so it's imperative that the team render honors professionally," said Staff Sgt. Sarah Hughey, Patriot Honor Guard outreach manager.

McDuffie discussed the gratitude Honor Guard members often get.

"I cannot overstate the thanks and appreciation we receive from the community,” he said. “It offers such affirmation and builds confidence, as well as our pride in what we do as ceremonial guardsmen."

Participation can also offer additional benefits to a member's career, potentially making them more competitive for boards and promotions.

"Diversity in your military record is important, especially for professional growth," said McDuffie. "Widening your Air Force scope and stepping out of your comfort zone are ultimately what builds stronger leaders."

Tech. Sgt. Erick Irizarry, Patriot Honor Guard member and NCO of weapons, said there can also be incentives for outstanding performance, including the opportunity to receive an achievement medal.

Before applying for the Patriot Honor Guard, Airmen should first check with and receive approval from their organizational leaders.

Anyone interested in a three to six-month commitment should contact for the ‘Member-Unit Agreement,’ while those interested in the two- to potentially three-year tour must receive a career field release.

"Airmen with shaving waivers are now eligible to apply," noted McDuffie.

Applicants will also be required to submit an Air Force Form 422, career data brief, last three enlisted or officer performance briefs, most recent physical assessment results, and front-side photos in service dress.

Interested Airmen are encouraged to attend the Patriot Honor Guard's training sessions conducted on most Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at building 1210.

Honor Guard officials also offer a QR code for more information.