American Flag in Center of 5-Man Color Team?

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This is another picture where I just have my palm smack my forehead in disbelief. This formation is not allowed for a military color team! This formation is allowed however, if the color forms and remains in a “V” formation with the American flag centered and in front. Yep, go to my Downloads page and start reading the military manuals. …

What’s Wrong With This Honor Guard Picture?

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This US Air Force photo shows Airmen carrying cremated remains of veterans for final honors. It is a touching and respectful ceremony and one in which all who participated can be proud. However, there is a slight problem. The Airmen bearing the colors should be on the right of the Airmen bearing the urns. Also, this is not how the …

What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

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What could be wrong with the following pictures? The flags (hung back-to-back) above are each facing the right way (canton in the upper left) as you view it from either direction. Is this necessary? No, not at all, but someone took the time and cared enough to make sure that everyone, whether flying in or flying out of Melbourne, FL …

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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This installment comes from some veteran and active duty honor guard or color team units, unfortunately. What’s wrong with each? Let’s look: The American Flag is on the wrong side. The position of honor is on the marching right. Always. All flags should be at the same height and the American flag at the far right, next to the right/lead …

What’s Wrong with this Picture

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Another installment of everyone’s favorite post! This makes me cringe since I spent 17 years with the AF’s Base Honor Guard program. Let’s go from the viewer’s left-to-right. Lead/Right Rifle Guard: Fine, good job. NCT*: Close your mouth, stop fish-poling, tuck your gloves. Color Bearer: Turn your right wrist to match he NCT’s, your left arm should be a fist’s …

What’s Wrong with this Picture

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Here is a fairly standard “wrong” I use the quotes around the wrong because caskets travel feet first, but many do not understand the tradition and since it is a tradition, one should not get bent out of shape, just educate. Here is an excerpt from my book, The Honor Guard Manual regarding this subject: The canton (blue field) of …

What’s Wrong With This Picture- Nothing!

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Along with my What’s Wrong posts, I’ll be praising the well-trained teams. Here is the first installment.   This color team is doing a fine job. If anything, I would say there is not need for the right hand to be up at the cup (this is known as the Bearers Ready Two position) since the team is inside and …

What’s Wrong with this Picture

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This is going to be an educational (and sometimes funny) series with a look at what can be improved in a picture from the military drill world. Our first installment comes from the What Were They Thinking Department: Web/ceremonial belts belong over- not above- the uniform belt (like the guards have them), unless you are wearing a uniform blouse (jacket). …