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.

The Old Guard conducts a Change of Command Ceremony for One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard). Best wishes ...
05/31/2020

The Old Guard conducts a Change of Command Ceremony for One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard). Best wishes and great thanks for the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Allen L. Kehoe. Please give a warm welcome to the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Richard A. Towner. #FixBayonets #OneLegion

Join us live today at 1 p.m. for the 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, Change of Command Ceremony...
05/28/2020

Join us live today at 1 p.m. for the 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, Change of Command Ceremony between the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Richard A. Towner, and outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Allen L. Kehoe.

Soldiers of The Old Guard conduct the Dignified Transfer of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Trevarius R. Bowman, of Spartanburg, South...
05/27/2020

Soldiers of The Old Guard conduct the Dignified Transfer of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Trevarius R. Bowman, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, May 23, 2020.

This week on Connection Point, Chaplain Joe Salem delivers a message on trust.
05/27/2020

This week on Connection Point, Chaplain Joe Salem delivers a message on trust.

Flags-Out. Before the sunrise on the morning after Memorial Day, Soldiers of The Old Guard set out to remove over 250,00...
05/26/2020

Flags-Out. Before the sunrise on the morning after Memorial Day, Soldiers of The Old Guard set out to remove over 250,000 miniature U.S. Flags from Arlington National Cemetery. The flags were collected, transported and placed in Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall to dry out before getting packaged up for next year. The field became a visually striking sea of red, white and blue. Every single flag represents someone who rests in America's most sacred hallowed ground. The Old Guard is forever grateful, and humbled to honor such heroes.

Soldiers of The Old Guard participate in an Armed Forces Presidential Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier...
05/25/2020

Soldiers of The Old Guard participate in an Armed Forces Presidential Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in honor of our nation's fallen heroes.

Generations of heroes have given everything for something greater than themselves. Memorial Day is a unifying way to com...
05/25/2020

Generations of heroes have given everything for something greater than themselves. Memorial Day is a unifying way to commemorate those who died protecting freedom and the American way of life.

05/25/2020
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Today, Americans reflect and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country. Join us live for the 152nd National Memorial Day Observance from Arlington National Cemetery.

President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper & Chairman The Joint Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley #HonorOurFallen with a #MemorialDay wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Memorial Day, Americans are encouraged to take time to honor the memory and sacrifices of fallen heroes. Our nation i...
05/25/2020

On Memorial Day, Americans are encouraged to take time to honor the memory and sacrifices of fallen heroes. Our nation is indebted forever to our service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is about the service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. The Old Guard is humble...
05/24/2020
The Old Guard honors America's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Day is about the service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. The Old Guard is humbled for the opportunity to come together and honor the fallen with Flags-In.

As the official ceremonial unit of the U.S. Army, The Old Guard places flags at every grave in Arlington National Cemetery each Memorial Day.

Senior leaders of our Armed Forces join The Old Guard to participate in Flags-In to honor our nation's fallen heroes. Ev...
05/24/2020

Senior leaders of our Armed Forces join The Old Guard to participate in Flags-In to honor our nation's fallen heroes. Every year, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, flags are placed at each and every headstone and in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. We remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. #FlagsIn

05/22/2020
Flags In 2020

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) honors our nation's fallen military heroes with "Flags-In" on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

The Old Guard executes Flags-In to honor America's fallen heroes in Arlington National Cemetery. We remember our friends...
05/22/2020

The Old Guard executes Flags-In to honor America's fallen heroes in Arlington National Cemetery. We remember our friends. We remember of husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. On Flags-In, we remember all. #FlagsIn

#FlagsIn 2020. Mission accomplished.
05/21/2020

#FlagsIn 2020. Mission accomplished.

05/21/2020

Live at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for #FlagsIn 2020.

Tomorrow is Flags-In. The Old Guard is once again fortunate enough to have the privilege of placing flags in Arlington N...
05/21/2020

Tomorrow is Flags-In. The Old Guard is once again fortunate enough to have the privilege of placing flags in Arlington National Cemetery. About a thousand Soldiers will load up their rucksacks with upwards of 250 miniature U.S. flags each to pay tribute to over 250,000 graves. At each, they will place their flag, centered on the grave marker, with care to ensure the rows are dress-right-dress. Placed just so, the flags seem to stand in formation like those that they honor once did.

Dear Old Guard Community,  It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of MG Don C. Hilbert's passing on Sunday evening. ...
05/19/2020

Dear Old Guard Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of MG Don C. Hilbert's passing on Sunday evening. As many of you know, he served as our 62nd Regimental Commander and dedicated his life to serving Soldiers and Families. He was the only officer in history to command both the Regiment and the Military District of Washington. He was deeply committed to honoring the Fallen in Arlington National Cemetery, celebrating national events and protecting the nation's capital. To the fullest, he lived Duty, Honor, Country.

After retiring, MG Hilbert was unanimously selected to serve as our first Honorary Regimental Commander. This was a position he actively held since 1995. Throughout his tenure, his legacy set the standard of excellence which continues across the Regiment today. His presence and caring leadership will be sorely missed.

Old Guard Sir!
Be Thou at Peace.

Sincerely & Respectfully,

James J. Tuite
RCO '82

Soldiers assigned to The United States Army Drill Team, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard," practice their routin...
05/18/2020

Soldiers assigned to The United States Army Drill Team, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard," practice their routine while following U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) COVID-19 precautionary measures. While most events have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, the Drill Team maintains their skills, training to be ready to perform when called upon.

Old Guard Aid Station Leads Fight Against PandemicBy Staff Sgt. Nicholas FarinaJOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – Sol...
05/17/2020

Old Guard Aid Station Leads Fight Against Pandemic

By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Farina

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Aid Station lead efforts to maintain force readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Regimental Aid Station remains operational and open to all Soldiers who serve in The Old Guard who are in need of medical attention, said 1st Lt. Caroline Vickers, a physician assistant with The Old Guard.

Soldiers who come to the Aid Station concerning symptoms of COVID-19 go through a screening process, Vickers explained. Before entering the facility, they have their temperature taken and are asked a series of questions that help medical staff determine how likely it is that the individual is infected with the virus.

“We ask them if they have any fever, chills or shortness of breath, if they have lost their sense of smell or had any abdominal issues,” said Sgt. Gregory Taylor, the Aid Station’s treatment noncommissioned officer for The Old Guard. “If they have had any symptoms that coincide with COVID-19, we send them to get tested before handling any issues as long as the issue is not emergent.”

Andrew Rader Health Clinic facilitates COVID-19 testing.

“If we do have a high suspicion that it is related to COVID then we send them over to Rader Clinic where they can get a nasal swab and tested,” said Vickers.

Soldiers who are tested are tracked, monitored and cared for throughout the entire process, Vickers assured.

Aid Station staff continue to take precautionary measures in order to protect themselves while they serve on the front lines of the pandemic on behalf of The Old Guard.

All Soldiers who enter the Aid Station are required to wear a face covering and to maintain 6 feet of distance when possible while in the waiting room, said Vickers.

Staff scheduling changes have been implemented in order to prevent the virus from spreading within the medical facility, explained Pfc. Jacob Neel, a combat medic specialist for The Old Guard. Physical training is still conducted by Aid Station Soldiers regardless of altered schedules.

“We are here to provide force readiness. We are force multipliers. We make sure people stay able to do their job,” said Neel.

Today is Armed Forces Day. The Old Guard would like to thank our fellow brothers and sisters in arms for their service a...
05/16/2020

Today is Armed Forces Day. The Old Guard would like to thank our fellow brothers and sisters in arms for their service and sacrifice to this nation. You are the guardians of freedom and the American way of life. #ArmedForcesDay #Salute

This week on Connection Point, Chaplain Joe Salem delivers a message of hope in our current situation.
05/13/2020

This week on Connection Point, Chaplain Joe Salem delivers a message of hope in our current situation.

05/12/2020
Dignified Transfer 11 May 2020

Soldiers of The Old Guard conduct the Dignified Transfer of U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Wesley Curry of Terre Haute, Indiana, May 10, 2020 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. We will continue to honor our fallen service members with steadfast dedication on behalf of a grateful nation.

05/11/2020
529th Covid-19 Motor pool Ops

From behind the scenes with Soldiers who never let our fleet of vehicles break down, The 529th Regimental Support Company turned a bad situation into a better one for The Old Guard.

05/10/2020
A Special Day for a Special Person

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and Army moms out there. Thank you for your love and support you give our Soldiers every day.

Seven Old Guard Soldiers have been inducted into a very select group, having the honor of wearing the Order of Saint Mau...
05/09/2020

Seven Old Guard Soldiers have been inducted into a very select group, having the honor of wearing the Order of Saint Maurice collar pin.

Soldiers are nominated by existing awardees and are selected by the Order of Saint Maurice board at the National Infantry Association using a vigorous vetting process ensuring the future integrity of the honor.

The award was named in honor of Saint Maurice, who was the Primicerius of the Theban Legion in the Roman Army during the 3rd century.

In 287 AD the Theban Legion marched in service of the Roman Empire fighting against the revolt in the Berguadae Gauls. Saint Maurice’s men were composed entirely of Christians recruited from upper Egypt, near the Valley of the Kings. The Legion marched to the Mediterranean Sea, was transported across, and traveled across Italy to an area in Switzerland.

Serving under Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus Herculius Augustus, better known to history as Maximian, Saint Maurice was ordered to have his legionnaires offer pagan sacrifices before battle near the Rhone at Martigny. The Theban Legion refused to participate, and also refused to kill innocent civilians in the conduct of their duty, and withdrew to the town of Agaunum. Enraged, Maximian ordered every tenth man killed, yet they still refused. A second order was given for the legionnaires to participate and again they refused. Maurice declared his earnest desire to obey every order lawful in the eyes of God. "We have seen our comrades killed," came the reply. "Rather than sorrow, we rejoice at the honor done to them." At this Maximian ordered the butchery of the Thebans and the martyrdom of Saint Maurice.

The United States Army created the Order of Saint Maurice in 1995 to honor those who display the virtues of Saint Maurice and who support the infantry.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a way to honor the contributions, strength and resilience of military spouses who se...
05/08/2020

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a way to honor the contributions, strength and resilience of military spouses who selflessly serve alongside their military husbands and wives. Thank you Old Guard spouses!

Join your Old Guard Chaplains today at Connection Point for an encouraging message that helps us to think differently ab...
05/06/2020

Join your Old Guard Chaplains today at Connection Point for an encouraging message that helps us to think differently about unfairness and injustice in our lives.

May is Military Appreciation Month and in honor of such a celebration, The Old Guard would like to take this opportunity...
05/05/2020

May is Military Appreciation Month and in honor of such a celebration, The Old Guard would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU, America! It's a privilege to serve our country and an honor to defend our way of life. We appreciate your support.

05/04/2020
May the 4th Be With You

United States Space Force do you have a ceremonial unit yet? As the U.S. Army's official respresentation to our nation and the world, we have some ideas. May the 4th be with you!

Soldiers of One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) conduct Plane Side Honors at Ronald Reagan Washington Nat...
05/03/2020

Soldiers of One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) conduct Plane Side Honors at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Joaquin Andujar. Regardless of conditions or circumstance, The Old Guard is committed to their mission of rendering honors to the fallen.

05/01/2020
PSB Covid-19

One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery adapts to Covid-19 and CDC guidence procedures by staying safe while getting back into training. The PSB fires every Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery.

04/30/2020
Video: Old Guard stays on duty

Soldiers of The Old Guard continue their eternal vigilance over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The standard is perfection, regardless of conditions.

ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports on the guarding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the midst of the pandemic.

04/30/2020
Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall

This week's Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall COVID-19 Town Hall panelists include Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and Military District of Washington, Joint Base Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples, and the Commander of the Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic, Lt. Col. Soraya Goddard, who will answer questions about COVID-19 and provide updates on steps being taken to mitigate the risk of transmission on base.

#HappeningNow: Join us live with joint base leadership for a community forum to discuss how we are protecting the force and helping stop the spread of the #COVID19 virus.

This week's #TeamJBMHH COVID-19 Town Hall panelists include Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and Military District of Washington, Joint Base Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples, and the Commander of the Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic, Lt. Col. Soraya Goddard, who will answer questions about COVID-19 and provide updates on steps being taken to mitigate the risk of transmission on base.

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04/30/2020
Month of the Military Child

Since April 1986, the U.S. Army has observed Month of the Military Child to recognize and honor the commitment, contributions and sacrifices military children make to our nation through the strength they provide our Soldiers and Families. Old Guard Family members serve as the heart of our community and we are grateful for the motivation they provide our Soldiers.

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Finished this painting on Memorial Day and was able to hang it today during the 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment Change of Command Ceremony
This is also the Unknown Soldier Platoon Army Division...if you click on the US Army Decal it will let you view each platoon and the ceremonies they represent. 🇺🇸
Please let the soldiers placing the flags in Arlington National Cemetery know how much what they are doing is APPRECIATED and LOVED 💜 (and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!)
I have just been informed that a former member of the Honor Guard (1965 to 1968) 3rd Platoon, Firing Squad, has passed away today. His name was Timothy Patrick Dolan. I served with Tim from 65 to 67. I will miss my friend and brother in arms. RIP Tim.
Look what I found while prepping to move. Ahhh, the military life.
Arlington National Cemetery 2 December 2005.
On this date, April 13, in 1792, Major General Anthony Wayne was installed as the Senior Officer of the Army, only the 5th Officer so appointed. The title was changed in 1821 to “Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army”. Wayne served in the position for 4 years, 246 days, until his death on December 15, 1796. Anthony Wayne had been promoted to Major General on October 10, 1783, and after a sterling career during the Revolutionary War, had left the Army the following year, serving in the state legislature of Pennsylvania for a year in 1784. President George Washington recalled Wayne to provide leadership during the Northwest Indian War, and then placed Wayne in command of a newly formed military force called the “Legion of the United States” (now the modern-day U.S. Army), from which the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the oldest unit in the Army, still exists, now known as “The Old Guard".
Gracias
my son Chris is going to be moving forward in a higher calling from God he's going to go to the old guard in Virginia.and I'm so proud of him God has been with him these hope 14 years of the army
When is the Old Guard going to get some black leather M1907 rifle slings for your M14's? Looks a lot better than the M1 canvas slings Food for thought...
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2020
Does everyone in The Old Guard now wear the “honor guard” tab or is it still just E company.