3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Welcome to the Official Facebook Fan page of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, traditionally known as "The Old Guard." It's the oldest active-duty infantry regiment in the Army.
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Welcome to the 3D U.S. Infantry Regiment’s “The Old Guard” official fan page on Facebook, where you can find up-to-date information on ceremonies and events. If you're looking for the official source of information about 3D U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” please visit http://oldguard.mdw.army.mil/ “The Old Guard” is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance. The unit received its unique name from Gen. Winfield Scott during a victory parade at Mexico City in 1847 following its valorous performance in the Mexican War. Fifty campaign streamers attest to the 3rd Infantry's long history of service, which spans from the Battle of Fallen Timbers to World War II and Vietnam. Since World War II, “The Old Guard” has served as the official Army Honor Guard and escort to the President. In that capacity, 3rd Infantry soldiers are responsible for conducting military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, national memorials and elsewhere in the nation's capital. In addition, soldiers of “The Old Guard” maintain a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns, provide military funeral escorts at Arlington National Cemetery and participate in parades at Fort Myer and Fort Lesley J. McNair. The black-and-tan "buff strap" worn on the left shoulder by each member of the 3rd Infantry is a replica of the knapsack strap used by 19th-century predecessors of the unit to display its distinctive colors and distinguish its members from other Army units. The present buff strap continues to signify an Old Guard soldier's pride in personal appearance and precision performance that has marked the unit for 200 years. A further distinction of The Old Guard is the time-honored custom of passing in-review with fixed bayonets at all parades. This practice, officially sanctioned by the War Department in 1922, dates to the Mexican War in 1847 when the 3rd Infantry led a successful bayonet charge against the enemy at Cerro Gordo. Today, this distinction is still reserved for “The Old Guard” alone.

Mission: The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducts memorial affairs to honor our fallen comrades and ceremonies and special events to represent the Army, communicating its story to our Nation's citizens and the world. On order, conducts defense support of civil authorities.

Operating as usual

01/01/2021
12/29/2020
Presidential Salute Battery Highlights

As we close out this year, check out the Presidential Salute Battery in action during 2020.
#PSB #GunsRunLong #AmericasRegiment #OldGuard

(U.S. Army video by Sgt. Jacob Holmes)

US Army Military District of Washington U.S. Army GoArmy One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard)

The Old Guard participates in a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony commemorating the 164th birthday of...
12/28/2020

The Old Guard participates in a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony commemorating the 164th birthday of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States.

Happy 164th Birthday, President Wilson! The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) honored President Thomas Woodrow Wilson’s 164th birthday today with a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral. The ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

12/25/2020

LIVE at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery for the annual Christmas Day wreath in honor of the Unknown Soldiers.

12/24/2020
This looks amazing! It was great to be a part of this project and have our mission highlighted to the world.
12/23/2020
Honor Guard | Official Trailer | Time To Kill Productions

This looks amazing! It was great to be a part of this project and have our mission highlighted to the world.

Watch the official trailer for The Honor Guard Documentary Series, available on Christmas Day through Amazon. Witness the depth of dedication of the 3rd U.S....

12/22/2020
Sleigh Ride

Hop on in for a “Sleigh Ride” with The United States Army Band “Country Roads” and the Caisson Platoon of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)!

Soldiers assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier continue their solemn duty during the first snow fall of the season...
12/21/2020

Soldiers assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier continue their solemn duty during the first snow fall of the season in Arlington National Cemetery. No matter the weather, these dedicated Soldiers maintain constant vigil over those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Gabriel Silva)

12/19/2020
Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

The American Holiday Festival Finale featuring all you’ve come to love in our annual holiday tradition: The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Orchestra, and vocalists from the Army Voices and Army Chorus, performing alongside jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, Voices of Service, and Silhouettes International!

#holidays2020 #americanholiday #GregoryPorter #voicesofservice #Silhouettes #usarmy

The holiday spirit could be found at the Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall Dining Facility as leaders of the 529th Regime...
12/18/2020

The holiday spirit could be found at the Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall Dining Facility as leaders of the 529th Regimental Support Company, 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" hosted a holiday-themed lunch. In keeping with Old Guard tradition, leaders staffed the serving line as thank you for their Soldiers' year-round dedication to the mission. #HappyHolidays

(U.S. Army photos by Spc. Gabriel Bacchus)

#DYK that the Wright brothers demonstrated their aircraft's capabilities to the U.S. Army on Joint Base Myer - Henderson...
12/17/2020

#DYK that the Wright brothers demonstrated their aircraft's capabilities to the U.S. Army on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall in 1908?

By Presidential Proclamation, their first successful flight is commemorated each year on December 17, known as Wright Brothers Day.

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the sacred duty of rendering honors for U.S. Army Command ...
12/16/2020

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the sacred duty of rendering honors for U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins in Section 12A of Arlington National Cemetery.

Adkins was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 15, 2014, for his actions as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group - Airborne, 1st Special Forces Command - Airborne, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, from March 9-12, 1966. During the 38-hour battle and 48 hours of escape and evasion, Adkins fought with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms and hand grenades, killing an estimated 135 to 175 of the enemy and sustaining 18 different wounds.

Following his time in service, Adkins taught educational classes to help others pursue college educational opportunities. He founded the Bennie Adkins Foundation to provide college scholarships to non-commissioned Special Forces officers to help their transition to civilian life.

Adkins dedicated his life to service. As former President Obama stated during the presentation of the Medal of Honor: "The first thing you need to know is when Bennie and I met in the Oval Office, he asked if he could sign back up."

12/15/2020
RSP Rope Rescue Training

The Rescue Support Platoon (RSP) of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) shares the responsibility for emergency rescue operations within the National Capital Region. Last week, the highly-skilled Soldiers from RSP conducted squad-level rope rescue training on Fort Belvoir to maintain their proficiency and readiness.

Despite inclement weather, Soldiers assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regimen...
12/14/2020

Despite inclement weather, Soldiers assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) maintain the highest standards and traditions of the U.S. Army and this nation while keeping a constant vigil at our nation's most sacred shrine. Since 2 July 1937, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been guarded continuously, without fail, no matter the circumstance.

"Through the years of diligence and praise
and the discomfort of the elements,
I will walk my tour in humble reverence
to the best of my ability." - The Sentinel's Creed, Line 7-10.

Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Arlington National Cemetery

12/13/2020
National Horse Day

On #NationalHorseDay, we recognize the horses of the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, HHC, 1st Bn, 3d Inf Regt. They are essential in our mission to honor our nation's fallen, carrying them to their final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.

12/11/2020
Go Army! Beat Navy!

Go Army! Beat Navy! ...Stay tuned after the video for bloopers.

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12/11/2020
Retirement Ceremony for BG Mark Towne

Edit: We apologize for the technical sound issue during the live broadcast this morning. The ceremony with corrected sound is available at https://www.dvidshub.net/video/776320/bg-mark-towne-retirement-ceremony.

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the Retirement Ceremony of Brig. Gen. Mark Towne. The retirement ceremony is conducted by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band.
Today's ceremony is hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Tune in today at 2 p.m. as we go live for The Old Guard Change of Responsibility Ceremony in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer...
12/10/2020

Tune in today at 2 p.m. as we go live for The Old Guard Change of Responsibility Ceremony in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall.

The outgoing 32nd Regiment Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Edwin T. Brooks, will relinquish command to Command Sgt. Maj. Philip D. Whittington Jr.

12/10/2020
December Department of the Army Retirement Ceremony

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the December Department of the U.S. Army Retirement Ceremony conducted by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band.
Today's ceremony is hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

On the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt said "will live in infamy," 2,403 #Americans lost their lives when our natio...
12/07/2020

On the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt said "will live in infamy," 2,403 #Americans lost their lives when our nation was attacked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Empire of Japan.

This National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly honor and uphold the memory of the patriots who lost their lives and we reflect on the courage of all those who served our Nation with honor.

Earlier today, Old Guard Soldiers with the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard provided support for the observance at the National World War II Memorial.

#NeverForget #PearlHarbor2020 #HonorThem
Friends of the National World War II Memorial

12/03/2020
TOG Highlights

Though seasons change the mission at The Old Guard remains steadfast.

#NoliMeTangere #AmericasRegiment #TheOldGuard
(U.S. Army video by Sgt. Jacob Holmes)

The 947th Military Police Detachment is the second largest Military Working Dog (MWD) kennel in the continental United S...
12/01/2020

The 947th Military Police Detachment is the second largest Military Working Dog (MWD) kennel in the continental United States. The unit has numerous MWDs with a variety of skills such as Patrol Explosive Detection Dog, Patrol Narcotic Detection Dog, and Specialized Search Dog.

This week, Soldiers assigned to the 947th Military Police Detachment, 289th Military Police Co., 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" conduct training with some of their newest furry recruits on Fort Belvoir.

11/30/2020
The National Museum of the United States Army

The Army's history is America's history.

The National Museum of the United States Army highlights the experiences of Soldiers and honors the accomplishments, commitment and sacrifice of those who have served. Soldiers' achievements are featured in the sprawling 185,000-square-foot building with exhibits and displays that date back to the Army's inception in 1775.

The Old Guard wishes everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. Tell us what you're thankful for in the comments below.
11/26/2020

The Old Guard wishes everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. Tell us what you're thankful for in the comments below.

It is U.S. Army tradition for leaders to staff the serving line and serve their Soldiers a Thanksgiving meal. It's a lea...
11/25/2020

It is U.S. Army tradition for leaders to staff the serving line and serve their Soldiers a Thanksgiving meal. It's a leader's way of saying thank you to the Soldiers who dedicate themselves year-round to accomplishing the mission. The Old Guard is all about tradition! #HappyThanksgiving

11/24/2020
Old Guard Training Exercise

Watch as Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conduct a five-day live-fire exercise beginning with an air assault from Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall to Fort A.P. Hill. The air assault training and follow-on exercises are held throughout the year to develop and maintain tactical proficiency in team level operations.

(U.S. Army video by Sgt. Jacob Holmes)

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducted a five-day exercise beginning with an air assault fr...
11/23/2020

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducted a five-day exercise beginning with an air assault from Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall to Fort A.P. Hill.

During the exercise, Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" performed situational training to maintain tactical proficiency implementing their warrior tasks and battle drills.

11/20/2020
Retirement Ceremony for MG Patrick Burden

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the Retirement Ceremony of Maj. Gen. Patrick Burden. The retirement ceremony is conducted by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band.
Today's ceremony is hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

11/19/2020
November Department of the Army Retirement Ceremony

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the November Department of the U.S. Army Retirement Ceremony conducted by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)) and The United States Army Band.
Today's ceremony is hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

11/18/2020
Veterans Day at the WWII Memorial

#ICYMI Soldiers of 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the honor of paying tribute to those who have served our nation. The Old Guard and The United States Army Band, along with service members from across the national capital region, participated in a special Veterans Day event held at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., November 11, 2020.

Friends of the National World War II Memorial
(U.S. Army video by Pfc. Brandon Muniz)

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the solemn duty and honor of conducting a dignified transf...
11/17/2020

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the solemn duty and honor of conducting a dignified transfer for the remains of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Garza of Fayetteville, North Carolina; U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Ghabour of Marlborough, Massachusetts; and U.S. Army Army Staff Sgt. Kyle McKee of Painesville, Ohio, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Garza, Ghabour, and McKee were assigned to Aviation Company, Task Force Sinai, when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Egypt.

(United States Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Faith Schaefer)

Sgt. Matthew Koeppel conducts his last walk as a Tomb Sentinel after 40 months of honoring the Unknowns and guarding the...
11/13/2020

Sgt. Matthew Koeppel conducts his last walk as a Tomb Sentinel after 40 months of honoring the Unknowns and guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Upon completion of the last walk, the Sentinel participates in a rose-laying ceremony which gives them the opportunity to pay their last respects to the Unknowns with a physical gift versus the gift of self.

(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Gabriel Silva)

Arlington National Cemetery Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier U.S. Army 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard"

11/12/2020
Veterans Day at the WWII Memorial

Service members from US Army Military District of Washington and Friends of the National World War II Memorial pay tribute with a special Veterans Day event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., November 11, 2020.
#VeteransDay2020
(U.S. Army video by Pfc. Brandon Muniz)

11/11/2020

Join us live from the Memorial Amphitheater Chapel for today's Tomb Guard Identification Badge Ceremony!
#VeteransDay2020

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) U.S. Army 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington National Cemetery

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A few recent slide purchases. The photos were taken in the 1960's. If anyone can identify the men please send me a PM. I would like to send the slides to the men or their families. thank you
Hello Honored members of the Caisson Platoon I am a former Infantry soldier with the Canadian Army with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. I am new to the group and am privilaged to be part of your page. I have a request I was wondering if anyone in the group could help me with. I collect Military coins and Mounted Unit coins mostly Police Departments. I have been searching diligently for a US Army Caisson Platoon Challenge coin but so far it has remained my unicorn. If anyone can help me with obtaining one I would be forever grateful. Or if there is any merchandise such as t-shirts or ball caps I would like to support the Unit in any way I can. Thank you for your time and Merry Christmas to all your members and thank you for the very important job you do.
To all the Men and Women in this regiment Thank you all for what you do. To all US Service men & Women God Bless You and Happy Holidays. Always in my prayers
Go ARMY!
Thank you for your service to our country and for the honorable soldiers that your are, God bless you all. I am so very proud of my cousin Sergeant Major Edwin Brooks in his dedication to serving his country. God Bless You.
Thank you to TOG for all that you do, 24/7, and for all the sacrifices that you make in order to offer the greatest honor to those at rest at Arlington. Your dedication may not always be rewarded in outward ways, but is always very much appreciated. And a huge thank you, in advance, for placing wreaths this year. Stay safe and well, please!
Found these photos today from Arlington. Development date on the back is September, 1980. I was 11 years old. Is there any way to identify these members of the Old Guard?