Nebraska JROTC students meet Honor Guard

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tabitha N. Haynes
  • Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
The U.S. Air Force is being represented across the Midwest by two of the service's premiere units - the honor guard and band.

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Colors Team is on tour with the U.S. Air Force Band, assisting in spreading message of the global Air Force mission across Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota.

While in Grand Island, Neb., Oct. 20, the colors team had the opportunity to speak to the Grand Island Senior High School JROTC unit following their presentation of the colors at the Heartland Events Center.

The students had questions on everything from USAF Honor Guard standards and regulations, to what life is like as a ceremonial guardsman.

Staff Sgt. Jon Van Deusen, noncommissioned officer in charge of colors training, along with his team, answered questions.

The colors team talked about the USAF Honor Guard six-week long training program, on-site at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.

The students were interested to hear about the interesting ways the colors team and ceremonial guardsmen and women condition themselves to remain both mentally and physically disciplined for their mission.

"It gives us a chance to let them know about the Air Force, our mission and show them the standards we live by," said Van Deusen.

The mission of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is to represent Airmen to the American Public and the World. The vision of the USAF Honor Guard is to ensure a legacy of Airmen who promote the mission, protect the standards, perfect the image, and preserve the heritage of the United States Air Force.