Joining the Maine Army National Guard Honor Guard
17 February 2011 » By Maine Army National Guard
Specialist David Chabe with the Maine Honor Guard shows Kayla Emery and Branden Mullen, members of the Navigators, how to conduct proper military facing movements Tuesday, February 15, 2011 as part of the Honor Guard’s community outreach program. The Maine Funeral Honors Program was established in 2003 in support of the great need to provide honors for Maine’s Veterans. To date they have performed ceremonies for over 6200 services.
The Maine Army National Guard Honor Guard will conduct its annual 40 hour course from 14-18 March 2011. This comprehensive course covers both Honor Guard and Funeral Honors procedures, including colors posting, colors presentation, flag folding, drill and ceremony, manual of arms with M-14 rifles, and exhaustive uniform preparation and maintenance.
All of the instructors are currently assigned Maine Army National Guard Honor Guard NCO’s who have been trained by former members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard).
This year, in addition to training new members of the Maine Army National Guard Honor Guard, they will be training six members of the Maine State Police who have sought their professional guidance as they seek to improve and build upon their own Funeral Honors detail.
Upon graduation, successful candidates will be awarded Maine’s “Honor Guard” tab to wear on their ACU and dress uniforms. For more information, please contact Mr. Frank R. Norwood at Frank.Norwood1@us.army.mil, 207-626-7822.