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.

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Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have the essential mission of rendering final military honors ...
10/16/2020

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have the essential mission of rendering final military honors to our heroes in Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most hallowed ground.

Time-honored traditions of our sacred duty are executed with the utmost care, dedication and respect to honor all who have served our country.

One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard)

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

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our sister-service teammates, had the great honor and privileg...
10/15/2020
'It was an honor': US Army soldier, one of the first women to earn Ranger tab, on leading Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lying in state ceremony

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our sister-service teammates, had the great honor and privilege to render honors for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard)

"I am a huge fan of really strong leaders, and I think that Justice Ginsburg was able to champion a lot of things," Capt. Shaye Haver told Insider.

10/13/2020
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#LIVE Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston hosts a special #LIVE event covering important issues and developments critical to the future development of America's Army, as well as acknowledging some of the highest-performing Soldiers in the Army.

10/12/2020
Sword & Saber

All officers and non-commissioned officers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) are required to undergo Sword and Saber Qualification before they participate in an official ceremony. The rigor of Sword and Saber demands perfection and discipline from all who represent The Old Guard to our nation and the world.

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sister-serv...
10/08/2020

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sister-services, provide ceremonial support during an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony in honor of Romanian Minister of Defense Nicolae Ionel Ciucă at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery.

It is our honor and duty to welcome foreign nationals and dignitaries to the nation’s most sacred shrine and represent the armed forces of the United States to the world.

Romanian Armed Forces Nicolae Ionel Ciucă US Army Military District of Washington U.S. Army

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provide ceremonial support for an Armed Forces Full Honor Co...
10/07/2020

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provide ceremonial support for an Armed Forces Full Honor Cordon in honor of Bulgarian Minister of Defense Dr. Krasimir Karakachanov at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. Following the arrival, a bilateral meeting was held by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper.

Красимир Каракачанов US Army Military District of Washington U.S. Army

09/29/2020
The Old Guard Dining Facility

The mission never stops for our culinary specialists assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard".

The dining facility (DFAC) at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall has implemented several changes to the operation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to reducing the number of Soldiers working in the DFAC per shift, a grab-and-go system has been implemented to include the preparation of over 600 meals a day.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States in August 1993. The 3d U.S...
09/28/2020

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States in August 1993.

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our sister-service teammates, had the great honor and privilege to render honors for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg's remains lay in repose for two days at the Supreme Court Building prior to lying in state at the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

On this Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day we pay tribute to those who know the cost of war, remembering and honoring t...
09/27/2020

On this Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day we pay tribute to those who know the cost of war, remembering and honoring the surviving families of fallen service members.
#GoldStarFamilies

09/26/2020
Drums of Duty

Drums of Duty

Calling all drummers! Enjoy a percussion concert featuring Service Members from The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, and The United States Army Band.

09/25/2020
Retirement Ceremony for Maj. Gen. Donald E. Jackson

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the Retirement Ceremony of Maj. Gen. Donald E. Jackson 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.

09/24/2020
National Dog Week

Continuning with #NationalDogWeek, meet EErek, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois Patrol Explosive Detector Dog!

Spc. Thomas Dove assigned to the 947th Military Police Detachment, 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducts training with EErek at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

09/24/2020
September Department of the Army Retirement Ceremony

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the September Department of the 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.

The Old Guard is hiring talent!  This fall, America's Regiment will select over 40 Army officers from First Lieutenant t...
09/23/2020

The Old Guard is hiring talent! This fall, America's Regiment will select over 40 Army officers from First Lieutenant to Major (across a variety of branches) for two-year assignments beginning summer 2021. This is a broadening opportunity like no other and the hiring process is highly competitive. Eligible officers can preference The Old Guard in the 21-02 AIM2 Marketplace and learn more at www.oldguard.mdw.army.mil/join-us!

09/21/2020
National Dog Week

In celebration of National Dog Week, we made a visit to the Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall to meet Buddy, a seven-year-old German Shepherd who has been with the team for over five years.

The 947th Military Police MWD Detachment, 289th Military Police Company, 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), has more than 20 military working dogs assigned, supporting a variety of missions such as explosive detection, narcotic detection, and specialized search.

Watch as Buddy takes us through some of his training on the obstacle course!

#NationalDogWeek

After more than 75 years, U.S. Army Pvt. William D. Hedtke, 28, of Iola, Wisconsin, is finally home. Assigned to Battery...
09/18/2020

After more than 75 years, U.S. Army Pvt. William D. Hedtke, 28, of Iola, Wisconsin, is finally home.

Assigned to Battery B, 319th Glider Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Hedtke died of injuries sustained in a hard glider landing near Groesbeek, Netherlands, during Operation Market Garden on September 18, 1944. His remains were not recovered during the war.

In 2016, the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency disinterred a set of remains known as X-1230 at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Using dental and anthropological analysis, X-1230 was positively identified as Hedtke on October 17, 2019.

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the distinct privilege of rendering Plane Side Honors for Pvt. Hedtke prior to his burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

#YouAreNotForgotten #POWMIA

Today, on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor and remember the American men and women, who through their ultimate...
09/18/2020

Today, on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor and remember the American men and women, who through their ultimate sacrifice, never returned home from combat. We remember those who were held as prisoners of wars in foreign lands and we remember those who have defended and preserved the American way of life with unwavering devotion. #YouAreNotForgotten

“This assignment has been a very humbling and truly incredible experience to conduct such an impactful and meaningful se...
09/15/2020

“This assignment has been a very humbling and truly incredible experience to conduct such an impactful and meaningful service for the families of our Nation’s fallen heroes within Arlington National Cemetery.” -Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jason S. Sobataka.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jason S. Sobataka, Caisson Operations and Maintenance Officer, conducts his final ride in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, September 11, 2020. Sobataka, currently the only Warrant Officer awarded the Military Horseman Identification Badge, moves on to his next assignment after completing 402 rides in 39 months of service to the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, HHC, 1st Bn, 3d Inf Regt.

09/14/2020

Known as Baltimore's oldest holiday, Defenders' Day, celebrated on September 12, commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of our national anthem.
Join National Park Service Park Ranger Angel Garcia as he describes the defense of Fort McHenry and the inspiration behind the "Star-Spangled Banner."
Filmed onsite at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) join members of the National Park Service in a flag-raising ceremony, followed by a special performance by The United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus.

#NationalAnthem #StarSpangledBanner

09/14/2020
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#ICYMI Deployed 17 times, Sgt. Maj. Payne received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award of valor, at The White House, September 11, 2020.

#HappeningNow:

Watch as President Donald J. Trump awards the #MedalofHonor, the nation’s highest award of valor, to Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne

3 years ago today, the Soyuz MS-06 launched into space towards the International Space Station. NASA - National Aeronaut...
09/13/2020

3 years ago today, the Soyuz MS-06 launched into space towards the International Space Station. NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut and Retired U.S. Army Col. Mark T. Vande Hei carried aboard a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification badge.

After spending 168 days in space, the coveted badge was presented to the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge is one of the least awarded badges in the United States Military. The standards of the coveted award makes it the only military badge that can be revoked for any action during any time that brings disrespect to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Currently, only 685 badges have been awarded since 1958.

On September 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center and ou...
09/11/2020

On September 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center and our nation forever changed. We endured the unimaginable and emerged unbroken.

We will never forget the lives lost, the bravery exhibited and the resiliency that persevered.

#PatriotDay #NeverForget #September11

Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. Suicide is a significant national health issue and it impacts all of us. The Depart...
09/10/2020
The survivor: Soldier overcomes battle with suicide

Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. Suicide is a significant national health issue and it impacts all of us.

The Department of Defense is dedicated to raising awareness about this national health crisis, changing the conversation around suicide and promoting reliable resources like Military One Source, the Military and Veterans Crisis Line, the Chaplains Corps and many other resources dedicated to serving our force.

Meaningful, interpersonal connections between service members, families, commanders, caregivers and providers are important. Throughout our military community, we can use this time to speak openly about how we can be there for each other. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to physically distance and even isolate, but we can still make social connections through social media, smart devices and communities dedicated to strengthening our networks. Check in with one another, text your fellow service members, reach out to your leaders, make a video call with your family members. Whatever it is--connect, reach out, listen and support one another.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and each person has a deep, personal story. With each loss, we know there are friends and loved ones with lives shattered.

Resources:

The Military Crisis Line connects those in need to a trained counselor with a single phone call or click of a mouse. This confidential, immediate help is available 24/7 at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve members, their families and friends. Contact the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, then press 1, or access online chat by texting 838255.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 1-800-273-8255. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

https://www.army.mil/article/238891/the_survivor_soldier_overcomes_battle_with_suicide

The survivor: Soldier overcomes battle with suicide

09/10/2020

Today we honor the incoming and outgoing leadership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters and mark the Change of Command from Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite to soon-to-be Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon. The event will also include a promotion ceremony for the incoming commander and a retirement ceremony in honor of Lt. Gen. Semonite.
Today’s ceremonies are hosted by U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville and conducted by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall, Va.

Happy Labor Day from the The Old Guard!
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day from the The Old Guard!

09/04/2020
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The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, traditionally known as "The Old Guard," is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the #USArmy, serving our nation since 1784.

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 3d Infantry's long history of service, which spans from the Battle of Fallen Timbers to World War II and Vietnam.

#ServeWithHonor | #SoldierStory

#VictoryOverJapanDay, commonly known as #VJDay, signifies Japan's signing of an unconditional surrender aboard the U.S.S...
09/02/2020

#VictoryOverJapanDay, commonly known as #VJDay, signifies Japan's signing of an unconditional surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay and the official ending of World War II.

Today, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and service members from the National Capital Region remember those veterans who answered the call to defend our Nation and its freedom.

Soldiers of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), utilize four unique ceremonial M...
09/01/2020

Soldiers of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), utilize four unique ceremonial M17 Pistols during their solemn duty. The four pistols bear the names of Silence, Respect, Dignity and Perseverance.

Dignity and Perseverance represent Line 5 of the Sentinel's Creed. Silence and Respect represent the request of Tomb Guards to the public when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The wood grips are made of wood from the U.S.S. Olympia. The U.S.S. Olympia carried the World War I Unknown from Europe to the United States in 1921.

The cocking serrations are engraved with XXI, 21 in roman numerals, signifying the twenty-one steps Tomb Guards take when walking the Tomb and honoring the Unknown Soldiers.

The sight plate contains an engraved impression of the three Greek figures on the front of the Tomb: Peace holding a dove, Victory holding palm branch and Valor holding a sword.

The sights on the ceremonial pistol are glass inserts made of marble dust from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The magazines hold 21 rounds and are engraved with the names of the three Greek figures on the front of the Tomb: Peace, Victory and Valor.

The serial numbers of the pistols are significant. "LS” represents Line Six of the Sentinel's Creed, "My standard will remain perfection.” “02JUL37" signifies the date the first 24-hour guard was posted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The final number of “21” signifies the 21 steps Tomb Guards take when guarding the Tomb.

The serial numbers of the four ceremonial pistols are:
LS02JUL37A21 (Silence)
LS02JUL37B21 (Respect)
LS02JUL37C21 (Dignity)
LS02JUL37D21 (Perseverance)

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

08/27/2020
August DA Retirement Ceremony

Join us live from Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall for the August Department of the 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.

Today we celebrate #WomensEqualityDay and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United State...
08/26/2020

Today we celebrate #WomensEqualityDay and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

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