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

One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) The 1st Battalion, 3d US 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.
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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 es**rt 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 es**rt 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 es**rts 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.

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03/26/2021
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

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

CPT Shaye Haver, Delta Company Commander, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), shares her thoughts on the U.S. Army Value, personal courage.

On 19 March 2021, One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) and Caisson Platoon presented the Basic Horsemanshi...
03/26/2021

On 19 March 2021, One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) and Caisson Platoon presented the Basic Horsemanship Identification Badge to five Soldiers in recognition of their completion of all necessary requirements. We congratulate them on the dedication and hard work they have put forth to reach this milestone!

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03/16/2021

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

After 10 weeks of intensive training, six Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) graduated from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon Basic Horsemanship Course. Each Soldier was presented a Certificate of Achievement during a ceremony in the Caisson Stables on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall.

During the training, Soldiers learn the fundamentals of horsemanship from training manuals as were used by field-drawn Field Artillery up to World War II.

The Caisson Platoon is dedicated to fulfilling their solemn mission of carrying our nation's fallen heroes through Arlington National Cemetery to their final resting place.

(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)
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Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our sister service teammates, provided ceremonia...
01/21/2021

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), along with our sister service teammates, provided ceremonial excellence for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. #InaugurationDay2021

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) team providing ceremonial support to the 59th Presidential Inauguration is a small representation of the many men and women who serve our nation at home and around the world. Joint Task Force - National Capital Region was proud to demonstrate the military’s precision, teamwork, and dedication to ceremonial excellence today as we welcomed our new commander in chief.

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01/19/2021
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

The Joint Task Force - National Capital Region is proud to coordinate all military ceremonial support for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Military involvement in the presidential inauguration is a centuries-old tradition in which we honor our commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate the principles of democracy.

Tomorrow we will demonstrate the military’s precision, teamwork and dedication to excellence.

Here’s a look behind the scenes at yesterday’s rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol.

(U.S. Army Video by Spc. Brandon Muniz)

The Joint Task Force - National Capital Region is proud to coordinate all military ceremonial support for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Military involvement in the presidential inauguration is a centuries-old tradition in which we honor our commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate the principles of democracy.

Tomorrow we will demonstrate the military’s precision, teamwork and dedication to excellence.

Here’s a look behind the scenes at yesterday’s rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol.

(U.S. Army Video by Spc. Brandon Muniz)

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01/19/2021
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

Join the The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps for an inside look at rehearsals for tomorrow’s Presidential Escort! #AmericasRegiment

The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has participated in every presidential inauguration since President John F. Kennedy's. Representing the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Army at the 59th Presidential Inauguration requires the highest standards of ceremonial excellence, only achieved through diligent rehearsals. Join Staff Sgt. Shaina Rush for an inside look at rehearsals and watch for the Fife and Drum Corps in tomorrow’s Presidential Escort!

The Corps will be wearing their traditional uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army. Military musicians of the period wore reverse colors of the regiments to which they were assigned. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps' uniforms consist of black tricorn hats, white wigs, waistcoats, colonial coveralls, and red regimental coats.

(U.S. Army Video by Spc. Brandon Muniz)
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12/30/2020
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

Take a look back at 2020 with the Presidential Salute Battery!

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)

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12/22/2020
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Join us in holiday spirit with a "Sleigh Ride" presented by The United States Army Band and the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, HHC, 1st Bn, 3d Inf Regt!

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)!

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.

Earlier this week, One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) held a prayer luncheon at the Spates Community Cen...
11/26/2020

Earlier this week, One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) held a prayer luncheon at the Spates Community Center, Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall. The battalion luncheon highlighted the Thanksgiving holiday and emphasized importance of family, faith and giving thanks.
(U.S. Army photos by Spc. Laura Stephens)

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) recognizes and congratulates the newest graduates of the Basic Horsemanshi...
11/20/2020

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) recognizes and congratulates the newest graduates of the Basic Horsemanship Course (BHC). Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, HHC, 1st Bn, 3d Inf Regt are required to complete this nine-week course which teaches the basics of horsemanship and ceremonial proficiency on horseback. Course completion is a prerequisite to earning the Military Horseman Identification Badge (MHIB). Additional prerequisites of the MHIB include completing 100 Armed Forces Full Honors Funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, serving honorably for a minimum of nine months in the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon and be recommended by the commander of One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard).

Join us in congratulating the newest recipients of the coveted Buff Strap! Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (Th...
11/20/2020

Join us in congratulating the newest recipients of the coveted Buff Strap! Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were awarded the distinctive unit trimming during a Regimental Orientation Program (ROP) graduation ceremony on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall. ROP is a three-week program designed to train new Soldiers in rifle movements, ceremonial marching, and uniform styles unique to The Old Guard.

(U.S. Army photos by Spc. Laura Stephens)

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11/13/2020

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On this nation’s 67th Veterans Day Observance, we recognize all Veterans who have served and continue to serve during war and peacetime in the U.S. Uniformed Services. It is our privilege to host the National Veterans Day Observance each year at Arlington National Cemetery.

Today, the U.S. Army Military District of Washington conducted a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A wreath was laid by President Donald J. Trump. Vice President Michael R. Pence and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie also participated in the ceremony. Additionally, First Lady Melania Trump, Second Lady Karen Pence, Ivanka Trump and Julia Bullard Wilkie observed the ceremony along with other invited attendees. All were greeted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, Commanding General, Military District of Washington, and Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director, Office of Army Cemeteries, Army National Military Cemeteries, Arlington National Cemetery.

Veterans Day is a time of reflection and recognition. Therefore, please refrain from political remarks and focus on today’s observance and its meaning to our nation.

View all official Arlington National Cemetery photographs at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlingtonnatl/albums/72157716849372997

U.S. Army photos by Elizabeth Fraser.

Arlington National Cemetery
10/27/2020

Arlington National Cemetery

This afternoon, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon; soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard); and the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own;” conducted modified military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Shurer was awarded the Medal of Honor October 1, 2018, for his actions as a Green Beret medic with 3rd Special Forces Group during the Battle of Shok Valley in northeastern Afghanistan April 6, 2008. He was part of a team sent to capture or kill several high-value members of the Hezb-e Islami al Gulbadin militant group.

Shurer received his bachelor’s degree in business economics from Washington State University where he stayed on to work towards a master’s degree. However, after the Sept. 11th attacks happened, Shurer (inspired by his parents who were both in the Air Force) joined the Army on Nov. 21, 2002.

Two years after enlisting, Shurer began Special Forces training to become a Green Beret. He passed the qualification course in June 2006 and was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group.
Shurer deployed to Afghanistan from August 2006 to March 2007, then again from October 2007 to May 2008. It was during that second deployment that he earned his Medal of Honor.

Shurer passed away May 14, 2020, at the age of 41. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

U.S. Army Photos by Elizabeth Fraser

More photos from the service can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlingtonnatl/albums/72157716645270472

Today 30 September 2020 the class of 01-20 was awarded the Military Horseman Identification Badge (MHIB).  From left to ...
09/30/2020

Today 30 September 2020 the class of 01-20 was awarded the Military Horseman Identification Badge (MHIB). From left to right, Private First Class Reece Urban, Captain Jacob Miller, and Private First Class Jacob Smith. The MHIB is the least awarded badge in the U.S. Army. The Badge is worn behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge, which is the third least awarded badge, and in front of the Drill Sergeant badge. CPT Miller is one of few U.S. Army Officers to be awarded the MHIB. The Military Horseman Identification Badge recognizes United States Army Soldiers who have completed the nine-week Basic Horsemanship Course and served as a lead rider on the Caisson team, completed 100 Armed Forces Full Honors Funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, served honorably for a minimum of nine months, while assigned as a member of the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, HHC, 1st Bn, 3d Inf Regt (The Old Guard). They must also be recommended by the Commander, of 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The Ceremony was held in the Caisson Museum on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall, Virginia.

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
09/29/2020

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

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.

One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) Bravo and Hotel Company executed a Department of the Army Retirement ...
09/24/2020

One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) Bravo and Hotel Company executed a Department of the Army Retirement modified Ceremony at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall, VA. The Ceremony honored the service of 25 Army Retirees who will move on to the next chapter in their careers and lives. 24 Sept 2020

09/24/2020
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US Army Military District of Washington

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.

On 9 September 2020 the Battalion (BN) Command Sergeant Major (CSM), CSM Carter completed his final mission in Arlington...
09/11/2020

On 9 September 2020 the Battalion (BN) Command Sergeant Major (CSM), CSM Carter completed his final mission in Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), and ended with the honor of walking out of ANC for the last time as the BN CSM. CSM Carter was instrumental and loved within the One Legion BN. There was never any doubt of how much that love was returned as it was seen in all of his actions. He was a valuable member of One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard), and his presence on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall will be greatly missed! One Legion congratulates you on your upcoming retirement and thanks you for your 25 years of service!

09/10/2020
1-3 Change of Responsibility

Outgoing Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Carter relinquishes command to Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Stackpole in a Change of Responsibility ceremony in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, September 10, 2020.

The Soldiers of One Legion thank Command Sgt. Maj. Carter for his dedication to the mission and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Stackpole.

Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in a Change of Responsibility ...
09/10/2020

Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in a Change of Responsibility ceremony in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, September 10, 2020. During the ceremony, the outgoing Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Carter relinquished command to Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Stackpole.

On August 20th, 2020 One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) executed a Military Funeral with a modified Esco...
08/20/2020

On August 20th, 2020 One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) executed a Military Funeral with a modified Escort Ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). The Ceremony honored the service, sacrifice and return to the United States of Private First Class (PFC Karl Dye. PFC Dye was reported missing on July 16th, 1950, and after over 70 years he has finally been laid to rest in ANC.

A Korean Prisoner of War was returned to the United States on 18 AUG 2020. He died as a Prisoner of War in Korea on  16 ...
08/19/2020

A Korean Prisoner of War was returned to the United States on 18 AUG 2020. He died as a Prisoner of War in Korea on 16 JUL 1950. PFC Dye will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery tomorrow. Soldiers from One Legion 1st BN, 3rd US INF REG, (The Old Guard) had the distinct honor to recieve PFC Dye and render honors upon his arrival.

Today was truly a special day in Headquarters and headquarters 1st battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment. Lieutenant Miller, ...
08/14/2020

Today was truly a special day in Headquarters and headquarters 1st battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment. Lieutenant Miller, Jacob from the Caisson Platoon was promoted to Captain. Effective date 1 July 2020.Captain Miller waited till today to pin on Captain in order for his wife and family to be there. Major Mark Miller, Captain Miller's Proud father had the distint honor and privilege to promote his son to the rank of Captain.

Arlington National Cemetery
08/14/2020

Arlington National Cemetery

On Friday, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon, soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and a drummer and a bugler from the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” conducted modified military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Army Cpl. Henry Phillips in Section 60.

In late 1950, Phillips was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action Nov. 28, 1950, in the vicinity of Anju, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Following the war, returning American prisoners of war reported that Phillips had been captured and died at Prisoner of War Camp #5, on March 17, 1951.

In September 1954, during Operation Glory, North Korea returned remains reportedly recovered from Pyoktong, also known as Prisoner of War Camp 5, to the United Nations Command. One set of remains, Unknown X-13491, could not be identified and was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as "the Punchbowl," in Honolulu.

On June 11, 2018, the Department of Defense disinterred Unknown X-13491 and sent the remains to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory for analysis.

To identify Phillips’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

His niece, Elvira Brooks, received the U.S. flag from his casket.

We honor his service.

(U.S. Army photos by Elizabeth Fraser)

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Was sent this Ceremonial Order from a former member of TOG back in 1977. This was for the Carter Inauguration departure ceremony at Andrews AFB for former POTUS Jerry and Betty Ford, Jan 20, 1977. Guns platoon was once a platoon under H co. Pretty interesting to see this! Such history.
OUTSTANDING!
I've been around alot of military. You guys are 1st class.
What’s going with thus firing line ?
One can only have so much admiration for these men and what they do. God Bless all of you.
I don't know if this is an appropriate thing to ask (let me know!), but... I was curious if anyone in contact with a veteran who served in Normandy during WWII? I would be so grateful to find one. 🙏💛🇲🇫️
Thank you to the men of One Legion who provided honors today at the funeral for MG (Ret) Michitsch. As always, your performance was flawless. His family and friends are grateful for your service and dedication.
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