RAF Mildenhall Airmen guard honor of tradition

August 27, 2014 in DrillCenter News

RAF MILDENHALL, England – Traditions are a valued part of the Air Force and its history. Traditions must be passed down from generation to generation — otherwise they may be lost forever.

Currently entrusted with teaching Airmen the Air Force traditions are honor guard trainers U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Sternberg, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator from Panhandle, Texas; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Stay, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron flight service center supervisor from Chicago, Illinois; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Klarenbach, 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman from Vancouver, Washington; and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jesse Dunsmore, 100th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman from Wichita Falls, Texas. 

These Airmen are looking for more service members to become part of their elite team. Everyone is welcome to try out.

“No matter who comes in, we can always train them up. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow someone learns. We have individuals here who will work closely with them to help them,” Dunsmore said. “Come along to a few practices. Try it out. We’re not going to come and hunt you down. Basically if you want to join it’s on you. We’re looking for those individuals who want to be here. We want that enthusiasm.”

It takes dedication to represent the Air Force at public events, and the team trains hard. The role of an honor guard can be challenging and the trainers ensure their Airmen are prepared.

“One challenge is the unknown, we train a specific way to do a detail the same every time but no detail is ever the same,” Stay said. “It’s always different so we have to adapt to or overcome. That’s the biggest challenge, but it also makes it interesting. Nothing is ever the same twice.”

The trainers don’t take their duties lightly. They know the importance of training the next generation of Airmen entrusted with the responsibility of Air Force history and culture at ceremonies. They are a huge part of events such as funerals, where a grieving family will look to the honor guard to represent the career, and life, their loved one was a part of.

“I enjoy being a part of the tradition. Knowing that I can make the retirement ceremony, funeral or whatever ceremony that we are doing a little more meaningful for those involved is important to me,” Sternberg said.

For many people who join the honor guard, it’s the families they want to help. To make a somber day a little more bearable and memorable using the honor and traditions their loved one was a part of.

“Seeing that grateful expression on somebody’s face, that’s why I joined — to make a small difference to someone’s life,” Dunsmore said. 

The skills these Airmen learn can continue when they move to another base. Once learned these skills stay with them for life. The enthusiasm that brought them to the honor guard in the first place stays with them for their career. Klarenbach has prepared well for his time in the honor guard.

“Read the honor guard manual. It gives you everything that you will ever need to know,” Klarenbach said. “The honor guard is something I hope to do my entire career so I wanted to be prepared.” 

It’s not an easy skill to learn and it takes a great deal of practice and teamwork. Everyone must work as a unit and help the other Airmen. 

“It’s about keeping everyone together. I know everything as far as details and training, so it’s getting everyone on the same page so we all perform as a cohesive unit, making sure all our movements are exactly the same — standardizing,” Klarenbach said.

This training serves the Airmen well, not only when all eyes are on them at a public event, but also in their primary role on base and in their lives in general. What makes these people great Airmen also makes them great honor guard members.

“I would say to stay flexible. Things can change at the drop of a hat, and you will have little to no control over it. The places you go and the people you work with are always changing. So stay focused on the things you can control. Don’t stress about the things you can’t change,” Sternberg said. “It’s not for everyone. Just like the military isn’t. It takes a lot of dedication, a lot of commitment. A lot of times we are spending our weekends and time after work to go train. But it’s definitely worth it.” 

Practice is held Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Training is all day the second Tuesday of each month.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/140479/airmen-guard-honor-tradition#.U_3Vr_mwKuk#ixzz3Bb4ZS76R

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Magic Valley Stampede: Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard Rides Again – Twin Falls Times-News

August 26, 2014 in DrillCenter News

Magic Valley Stampede: Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard Rides Again
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He said mounted color guard’s presentation this year promises to be a moving experience. It’s the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

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Wildkit band hits the Yellow Brick Road – Evanston Review

August 26, 2014 in DrillCenter News

Wildkit band hits the Yellow Brick Road Evanston Review While the 80-member Wildkit band – 26 of them new – follow the Yellow Brick Road, ETHS theater actors will portray Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and the Witch, and the color…

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Grammar Rules and Exhibition Drill “Rule” Equivalents

August 26, 2014 in Drill Team Training, Drill Teams, Instructional

grammar (1)A routine is like a document that contains words, sentences, paragraphs and, finally, a “story.” We communicate through writing and we communicate through our actions as well. One aspect of exhibition drill is clear communication. Here we take a look at how to effectively communicate.

Grammar Rules and Exhibition Drill “Rule” Equivalents

Above, the word, “Rule” is in quotes because, in this context, we don’t necessarily have strict rules like the rules listed in a drill meet standard operating procedure (SOP), this is more like guidance. However, this guidance can really help you understand the concepts of creating a more effective routine for your drill team or yourself.

You may not realize how spelling can work here, but let’s take a look the words, their, there and they’re. While these words have completely different definitions, it is the sound on which I want to concentrate. What is the exhibition drill parallel? The same type of move that can be performed in slightly different ways, for instance, the Ninja. Today’s known variations are the . Here is a video of a friend of mine performing


Variations of different moves are great! Variation keeps a routine alive and fresh.

Unfinished Words

I see this in many Drillers who are new to exhibition drill. While some people seem to speak without finishing their words, no one would ever want to write like this:

“Thi natio, unde God, sha ha a ne birt o freedo.”

This is actually a line from President Lincoln’s Gettybserg Address, “This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” But it is unrecognizable; communication is lost. Exhibition drill is about communication: clear, effective communication.

Many new armed and unarmed Drillers fall into this mistake in their drill. While performing one move, their concentration shifts to the next move and they never complete the current move and the same with the next move and the next, etc.

Punctuation (i.e. periods, commas and exclamation points)
This is similar to Unfinished Words, above. This problem is when move after move after move is performed without appropriate transitions. You need to have visual pauses and breaks. These come in the form of stops (foot, arm or any other part of the body) and also. This is different from what we call “flow.” Flow, is a segment in a routine that is smooth with the rifle passing from one side of the body to the other, up and down, back to front, etc. with smooth, clean effortless movement without stopping.

Awkward Transitions
When we write effectively, one paragraph needs to seamlessly transition into the next by having the last sentence of a paragraph contain the idea that creates a bridge to that next paragraph. When transitions don’t exist or they do not fit very well, then reading becomes difficult. The same goes for exhibition drill. (<—that’s the transition sentence to the next paragraph.)

A big culprit in destroying a routine’s effectiveness is the lack of appropriate transitions as I mentioned above. But, what is an “appropriate transition”? Let’s take a look.

GrammarFacing movements are some of the worst moves one can perform in a routine. Field coverage is part of the score, yes. But relying on a facing movement to move to another part of the field shows a lack of creativity. Now, when a Driller/team is first beginning, basic movement is expected, but with experience, should come growth as well. Let the rifle guide you around the field. Which way are your shoulders facing when you finish that toss or flow segment? That is your new direction. Don’t want to go that way? Change your entrance into the move or during the move if you are able or even create a way to move that does not include a basic facing movement to change the direction in which your body is facing.

Cadets Faint at JROTC Drill Meet at Midview High – 2007, YouTube

August 25, 2014 in DrillCenter News

Kids Faint at JROTC Drill Meet at Midview High

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How’s that lack of hydration working for you?

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TJ Kowalik and Pablo Martinez, color guard – Wharton Journal Spectator

August 24, 2014 in DrillCenter News

TJ Kowalik and Pablo Martinez, color guard
Wharton Journal Spectator
T.J. Kowalik and Pablo Martinez, color guard. Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:30 pm. Making part of the color guard at the leadership conference are, on the far left, T.J.

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Right shoulder or order?

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Kaiser HS Drill Meet : CMI Armed Dual Exhibition – YouTube

August 23, 2014 in DrillCenter News

3rd Place! C/SFC Hossain, Mehran and C/MSG Salvador Fierros

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Gulf Regional JROTC Drill Competition – YouTube

August 23, 2014 in DrillCenter News

Men’s Armed Platoon

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OshKosh Drill Competition 2014 – YouTube

August 23, 2014 in DrillCenter News

Loma Linda Filipino Church Pathfinder drill competition in the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, WI on August 14, 2014. Both Basic and Fancy dril…

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JROTC Color Guard LET1 x Frankford High School – YouTube

August 23, 2014 in DrillCenter News

Delsea Drill Meet LET 1 Color Gaurd Competition It was my first time commanding /.\ (#FlashBackFriday back to my first time commanding a color guard at drill competition.

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