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Up-folding traditions

honorguardsman holds flag above her head during a flag folding ceremony

Members of the High Frontier Honor Guard fold a deployment flag at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 26, 2022. Ceremonies like this give key spouses the chance to check in with the families of those deploying to make sure they receive all the support they need while their Guardian or Airman is away. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Christian)

military members stand at attention during a ceremony

Members of Space Delta 3 – Space Electromagnetic Warfare gather together for their pre-deployment flag folding ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 26, 2022. This DEL 3 tradition has been celebrated for over 20 years, carried out every time the delta sends off a deployment team to perform their SEW mission for a geographic combatant command. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Christian)

an honorguardsman presents the flag to the commander during a flag folding ceremony before a deployment

The High Frontier Honor Guard presents U.S. Space Force Col. Christopher Fernengel, Space Delta 3 – Space Electromagnetic Warfare commander, the folded deployment flag at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 26, 2022. This flag will be flown by the DEL 3 members at their deployed location. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Christian)

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of the High Frontier Honor Guard fold a deployment flag at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 26, 2022. Ceremonies like this give key spouses the chance to check in with the families of those deploying to make sure they receive all the support they need while their Guardian or Airman is away. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Christian)

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