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Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:04 PM

Why is the Honor Guard at Dover wearing fatigues?

Whenever I’ve seen this in the past, they’ve worn dress uniforms.

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Reply Why is the Honor Guard at Dover wearing fatigues? (Original post)
brooklynite Aug 2021 OP
spooky3 Aug 2021 #1
rickford66 Aug 2021 #3
spooky3 Aug 2021 #5
nitpicker Aug 2021 #7
nitpicker Aug 2021 #9
GPV Aug 2021 #2
Goonch Aug 2021 #4
Treefrog Aug 2021 #6
lapucelle Aug 2021 #8
quaint Aug 2021 #10

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:07 PM

1. I'll guess--are they on standby to help with Hurricane Ida's results? Nt

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:14 PM

3. They'd be regular funeral guards.

There's a lot of training and practice involved and the regular troops wouldn't be diverted for this. Excuse me for now knowing the proper name for these details.

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Response to rickford66 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:25 PM

5. Thanks. Nt

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Response to rickford66 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:30 PM

7. If the families chose burial in section 60 in Arlington

The Old Guard would probably be involved.

If the families chose a local burial/internment, the local Reserves/NG would be turned out to do the honors.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:08 PM

2. Maybe they would have made an interesting target in dress uniforms? Assuming they flew with the

deceased from Afghanistan?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:25 PM

4. Here's a couple

DoverJanuary 20, 2010
August 6, 2012


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:26 PM

6. We were wondering that too.

Seems off somehow.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:35 PM

8. That's what they always wear.

Soldiers give all to ensure dignified transfers at Dover

Each week, a squad of Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is set aside from the typical ceremonial tasking to take upon itself a most difficult honor. These Soldiers are on call, 24 hours a day, weekday or weekend, to receive the remains of America's fallen heroes at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del.

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The Soldiers on the team wear the Army Combat Uniform when they go to Dover. The Soldiers also wear white cotton gloves, the same gloves they wear when rendering honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

The reason for this uniform is for practical reasons, said Capt. Michael Frank, the officer in charge of ceremonies for The Old Guard. Because there is so much time spent in preparation, and because the Soldiers fly to Dover in Blackhawk helicopters, wearing the ACU is much more practical than wearing the ceremonial blues uniform the Soldiers wear when rendering final honors in Arlington National Cemetery. The Soldiers wear the gloves so they can better grip the casket.

https://www.army.mil/article/33191/soldiers_give_all_to_ensure_dignified_transfers_at_dover

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 02:01 PM

10. Thank you

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