By Staff Sgt. Adora Gonzalez, 3rd U.S Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)March 8, 2011
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va., March 7, 2011 -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. personally recognized more than 350 Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), March 7, 2011 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
Casey expressed his gratitude for The Old Guard's support in conducting more than 14,000 ceremonies during his 4-year tenure as Chief of Staff of the Army. He specifically thanked the Soldiers who maintain a 24-hour vigilant watch at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery and commended the Old Guard's precision in rendering final honors to our fallen comrades from every single U.S. war to date.
Additionally Soldiers of The Old Guard perform in General Officer and Department of the Army retirement ceremonies, arrival ceremonies for visiting foreign dignitaries and serve as the only Army unit to fulfill the honorable duty of escorting the remains of fallen servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan, from Dover Air Force Base, Del., to their final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.
Elements of the Old Guard include the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Presidential Salute Battery, the Caisson Platoon, the Continental Color Guard, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard and Fife and Drum Corps.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the President of the United States. Soldiers in The Old Guard are personally selected throughout the Army to be a part of this historic and elite unit, which remains committed to maintaining the traditions of the U.S. Army and defending the dignity and honor of our fallen comrades.