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Creating a Ceremonial Guardsman

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Airman and Guardians from the Peterson-Schriever Garrison stand in formation on their first day of Honor Guard training at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 12, 2021. The High Frontier Honor Guard has an area of responsibility spanning 93,000 square miles of Colorado, to include eight counties in west Kansas and parts of Wyoming. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justine Bicego, High Frontier Honor Guard trainee, demonstrates proficiency of the ceremonial at-ease position during training at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 12, 2021. During their two weeks of training, trainees will learn skills such as drill movements, firing ceremonial rifles, folding and displaying the U.S. flag, and full military funeral honors sequences. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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High Frontier Honor Guard trainees engage in strength and core exercises during a training session at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 13, 2021. It is important for Ceremonial Guardsmen to establish and maintain high fitness standards to meet the physical demands of their duties. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jesus McClain, High Frontier Honor Guard trainee, holds up the U.S. Flag during training at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 13, 2021. One of the many duties performed by Ceremonial Guardsmen is the presentation of the colors at promotions, retirements, funerals and other official ceremonies. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justine Bicego, High Frontier Honor Guard trainee, collects rifle rounds from the floor during a training session at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 14, 2021. Collecting the rounds is used as motivational training tool, encouraging a sense of urgency and attention to detail. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

rifle casings

Spent rifle casings from honor guard training are polished and presented to families during funerals. Three shells are presented, each one representing one of the Air Force core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

people holding a casket

High Frontier Honor Guard trainees practice holding up a casket at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 15, 2021. Trainees practice carrying caskets, rifles and flags for extended periods of time to prepare them for the physical demands of their ceremonial duties. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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U.S. Space Force Spc. 4 Kaitlyn May (right), High Frontier Honor Guard trainee, practices holding her military bearing at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 19, 2021. It is important for Ceremonial Guardsman to maintain perfect military bearing during any situation in any ceremony. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

girl holding rifle

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justine Bicego, High Frontier Honor Guard trainee, learns how to handle a ceremonial rifle at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 20, 2021. One of the duties performed by Ceremonial Guardsman is a firing party during funerals, which is an honor provided to fallen active duty, veterans and retirees. Depending on the ceremony, firing parties range from three to seven guardsmen. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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High Frontier Ceremonial Guardsmen recite the honor guard creed during their graduation ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 25, 2021. During graduation, the new Ceremonial Guardsmen demonstrate the skills they learned during training. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

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PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Bertain, one of two High Frontier Ceremonial Guardsman distinguished graduates, presents the U.S. flag during the honor guard graduation ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 25, 2021. The 18 graduated Ceremonial Guardsman will now begin performing their official duties. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airman and Guardians from the Peterson-Schriever Garrison stand in formation on their first day of Honor Guard training at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, July 12, 2021. The High Frontier Honor Guard has an area of responsibility spanning 93,000 square miles of Colorado, to include eight counties in west Kansas and parts of Wyoming. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

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