I was stationed in The Old Guard from 1993-1997. One of the best tours of service that I had in the Army. I loved the pomp and ceremony of the Unit. The Pride that every member of The Old Guard takes in their duties and responsibilities was amazing to me. These guys, then and now, are professionals. They endeavor to do everything the right way every time.
I was in Alpha Company. The Commander in Chiefs Guard. They wore the uniforms of Washington’s Guard detachment of the Colonial Army. The assignment was unique. We traveled to places like Yorktown and Williamsburg to put on demonstrations and participate in Colonial Ceremonies and Celebrations. We participated in ceremonies at the White House. The CinC Guard is in every Presidential Inauguration on Capital Hill. They line the steps of the Capital and “stand guard” for the whole of the ceremony. Adding an extraordinary and realistic touch of history to each iteration of the event.
Alpha Company is stationed at Fort McNair. It’s the only unit of The Old Guard not on Fort Myer. The primary mission is burial honors at Arllington National Cemetery and the CinC Guard Ceremonial Unit for the White House and other National Events.
I had a great time on Fort McNair and worked with a bunch of great guys while there. Some with whom I still maintain contact. Though we live on opposite sides of the planet. CinC Guard is one experience in the Army for which I am hugely grateful. It’s a different side of the military. Yet, still and integral part of the whole as shown by the recent deployment of a detachment of The Old Guard to Djibouti. They’re a bunch of pretty sons of bitches who can still fight. Nothin’ wrong with that…