Local

September 21, 2012

Honoring those who honor us

Tags:
by Tech. Sgt. Harold Padua
March Field Total Force Honor Guard
Honor Guard

Team March came together to honor the outstanding individuals of the March Field Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard at the Cultural Resource Center, Friday, Sept. 14. Their primary mission is to employ, equip and train Air Force members to provide professional military funeral honors for active duty, retired members and veterans of the U.S. Air Force. The honor guard emphasizes the importance of military customs and courtesies, dress and appearance, and drill and ceremonies.

“In my opinion the one word that best describes the men and women of the March Field Total Force Honor Guard is excellence,” said Master Sgt. Octavio Ortiz, team superintendant. “They always seek out and complete all of their responsibilities ensuring their job skills, knowledge and personal readiness are always at their peak. They achieve this by working together and successfully reaching a common goal, emphasizing a team mentality in meeting the operational demands of one of the busiest honor guards in the country.”

The March Honor Guard has performed more than 1,600 military funerals honors and more than 200 military and civilian functions throughout Southern California. They are amazing men and women who are committed to serving others honorably and unselfishly. This year’s special recognition awards are:

  • Honor Guard Excellence Award – Tech. Sgt. Dana Mikles, 452 MXS
  • Flight NCO / Flight of the Year – Staff Sgt. Sonny Madrid, 452 AMXS / “B” Flight
  • Golden Eagle Award – Tech. Sgt. Adriana Bennefield, 163 HC & Staff Sgt. Dejon Fruga, 50 APS
  • Leadership Award – Tech. Sgt. Harold Padua, 412 FSS Edwards AFB
  • Teammate of the Year – Staff Sgt. Dawn Jackson, 452 FSS
  • Augmentee of the Year – Master Sgt. Darryl Willingham, 452 ASTS
  • Volunteer of the Year – Staff Sgt. Daniel Stephens, 163 HC
  • Rookie of the Year – Senior Airman Michael Antonson, 163 AMXS
  • Most Improved – Staff Sgt. John Zimmerman, 163 SFS
  • Best Performer – Staff Sgt. Terrence Mananes, 163 LRS
  • Best Dressed – Staff Sgt. Sonny Madrid, 452 AMXS



All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Megan Crusher

Air Force JROTC cadets graduate Summer Leadership School

U.S. Air Force photo/Megan Crusher Air Force JROTC cadets from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley and Arlington High School in Riverside, graduate from a two week Summer Leadership School, held at March Air Reserve Base,...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

Airmen attend second annual Norton-March reunion

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Senior Master Sgt. Paul Mitt, detachment chief, 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, answers questions about the MQ-9 Reaper at March Air Reserve Base on June 20. Members of the Nort...
 
 
Halle-Berry

Halle Berry Connects With the U.S. Military

Halle Berry stars in the Science-Fiction show “Extant,” which just began its second season. Finding out someone values and appreciates what you do can keep you floating at cloud level for weeks, especially when the someone ...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Charles “Chuck” Flood, Satellite Services, Inc., passed away unexpectedly, June 17, 2015

Courtesy photo Chuck Flood: March 16, 1963 – June 17, 2015 Flood had been employed by SSI since February, 2005. He had been the fire truck mechanic, responsible for over 15 fire fighting vehicles at Edwards Air Force Base and...
 
 
Watchara Phomicinda — LA Daily News staff  photographer

March honor guard gives final honors to America’s veterans

(Final in a two-part series on honor guard, reprinted with permission) Watchara Phomicinda — LA Daily News staff photographer Brittarose Morgan, 77, right, wife of the late Airman First Class Roland Morgan with daughter, Kym ...
 
 
HBI-photo

Fitness at a glance – It’s all about timing!

Ever notice how your anxiety tends to increase around your fitness assessment time (FA)? It is amazing that in 20 minutes (or less) your FA is over, but your anxiety level has cumulatively increased over the 30-90 days (or more...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>