The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter
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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Crisp movements match the uniforms of the ceremonial guardsmen entering the room. Two guardsmen carrying ries ank the United States ag and the U.S. Air Force ag as the team marches onto the stage. e detail leader orders the team to halt. e next order is, present arms, and the guards men comply awlessly lowering the Air Force ag, honoring the U.S. ag during the national anthem. e U.S. Air Force Honor Guard was formed in 1948 when it was activated by Headquar ters Command, U.S. Air Force, within the 1100th Air Police Battalion at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. Now most bases have their own base honor guard that supports base events. Even though Lajes Field is small, it does have a base honor guard. Sta Sgt. Monteceo Perry, 65th Air Base Wing Base Honor Guard noncommissioned ocer in charge, has the honor of leading the guardsmen at Lajes. For Perry, leading this team of ceremonial guardsmen does come with its challenges, which he says he is ready for. e greatest way to overcome (the challenges of bringing everyone together) is to be stern, be patient, be bold and be motivational, Perry said. According to the USAF Honor Guard website, a ceremonial guards man is an individual of good reputation, having integrity, ethical conduct and exhibiting standards which merit respect; responsible for protect ing and overseeing the maintenance of standards on and o duty. It is truly an occupation which re quires outstanding devo tion and commitment to duty. By maintaining our history and exceptionally high standards, Team Lajes, As we approach the anksgiving Day holiday Beth and I would like to thank all of you for what you do every day. ank you to all of the Airmen and civilians here at Lajes for working hard to make the mission happen. Without your hard work we would not be able to accomplish all the great things we do. Your bold and innovative ideas are moving us forward through uncertain times and challenges. We would also like to thank all of our dependents, those who are here or back in the states. While we face a new dynamic within our community your support is always and will always be our founda tion. Without your love and support we would not be able to meet the demands of our mission partners. Lastly, a big thank you goes out to our Portuguese partners and neighbors. You have all been extremely supportive of our service members and families. You continue day aer day to open your hearts and homes to us. e generosity of the Portuguese people is second to none and that is what makes serving at Lajes so wonderful. Not only is it a day to celebrate with family and friends but it is a time to look back at what each of you are thankful for. ank you again for what you do every day in service to the Team Lajes Family and the United States Air Force. Happy anksgiving! Col Martin Rothrock Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force COMMANDERS ACTION LINE Honor lives at Lajes Facebook USAFE By Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf 65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs November 21, 2014 US Embassy, Portugal For more on "Honor Guard" see page 2 Members of the 65th Air Base Wing Honor Guard practice


Eagle Eyes Drinking Water Leak Detection Study GTC Payment Options Public Health anksgiving Food Safety Tips Holiday Mailing Season Expanded Inuenza Vaccine Available New housing website All members PCSing from Lajes Field with Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) TMO Information Civilian Personnel Newsletter Non-command sponsored dependents memorandum BAH Revalidation Required for All Airmen 65th Medical Group Closed for Training 2nd Tuesday of Each Month Wing Promotion Ceremony November 26 Wing anksgiving Meal November 27 Tops in Blue November 30 Tree Lighting Ceremony December 5 Community Events Base Annoucements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2014 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Photo Perspective Island Events honor guards will continue to remain an icon of excellence. Once an Airman shows interest in being a ceremonial guardsman, Perry sends them an application that has to be lled out and rout ed through the chain of command. Once the commander signs o, that Airman reports to Perry to see if they have what it takes to become a guardsman. is includes basic drill commands during a tryout session. Aer the guardsman is trained, they can be seen honoring promotees and retirees or posting the colors for other ceremonies. Whenever the wing calls upon them, they will be there in their ceremonial dress ready to represent the legacy of the Air Force Honor Guard. I had a mentor who told me a while back to always make your boss priorities your prior ity and if the honor guard is a priority of the wing and the priority of the Air Force, then its my priority and it should be our priority to maintain it. Being a part of the honor guard is not just about giving to the Air Force and honoring the history and legacy of it, but it also helps the guardsman. e main entitlement would be that you become part of an elite team, Perry said. You stand as elite among your peers and the base. Only a handful of people can say they served on the Lajes Honor Guard. Other benets include being eligible for an Air Force achievement medal, an honor guard coin and a chance at winning Honor Guardsmen of the Quarter or Year. I want the sharpest Airmen, Perry said. I am looking for that person who accepts an opportunity, a challenge and those Airmen who accept a greater responsibility other than themselves. e honor guardsmen practice every urs day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and interested Airmen should contact Perry at 535-5727. Angra Praias Auditrio do Ramo Grande, Praia eater Forte de Santa Catarina Open House Praia eater Click to read for more Base Anoucements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events Click to read more articles "Honor Guard" from page 1