The Chief Brief

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You have an upcoming Line of Duty Death funeral and will be handing the flag to the Sheriff, Police Chief, or Fire Chief who will then hand the folded flag to the next of kin (NOK). What do you say to brief the Chief? Here is something to help you: “Chief, stand at the head of the casket. When I …

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All About The Flag

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This article used to be All About Flag Sizes that I wrote back in 2013 but I felt it needed expanding. Nomenclature The Outside Flag Garrison: 20′ x 38′ Post flag: 8′ 11 3/8″ x 17′ (Army) and 10′ x 19′ (MC/N/CG) Field flag: 6’8″ x 12′ (Army) Storm flag: 5′ x 9’6″ (Army) and 5′ x 9′ (MC/N/CG) Internment …

The Military Hand Salute

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This article originally published on Dec 30, 2014 under the title, When in Doubt, Salute! This is an update and rearrangement of information to help everyone understand this subject better. How to Salute The services have slightly different techniques. One technique is followed by the Army and Air Force. The middle finger is placed on the corner of the eyebrow, …

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The American Flag at Half-Staff and Half-Mast

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Staff = a flagpole on land. Mast = a flagpole on a ship at sea or on a Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard installation or other maritime location. Halyard = the rope used to raise and lower the flag. Never fly a fringed flag on a stationary or mounted (on a wall or post) flagpole. These flags are only …