Wyoming Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire
Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors instructor, Staff Sgt. Dean Dawes, and State Coordinator Laura Ward turn up the pressure on students standing at attention for an hour, answering questions from the cadre to start the final exam portion of a 40-hour class at the 213th Regional Training Institute at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Dec. 3, 2018. Attention to detail in every aspect of the extra duty is expected of those who earn the ARNG Honor Guard tab, and when they honor and thank our veterans and their families
CAMP GUERNSEY JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Wyo. - "On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."
Those words are not taken lightly by the small percentage of Wyoming Army National Guard personnel who join the Military Funeral Honors team and utter those words, while kneeling and handing a carefully-folded American flag to the loved one of a fallen service member.
In order to perform the solemn ritual, a soldier must learn, practice and pe...