Osan Honor Guard salutes veterans
By Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 11, 2014
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Honoring service member, past and present, is the foundation of what Veteran's day is all about. The Honor Guard does this each and every day when they do their different details.
On Veteran's Day, Americans give tribute to members of the U.S. armed forces who have served and are currently serving. They honor the many sacrifices the armed forces have to do to protect the freedoms they enjoy on a daily basis.
Honor Guard member witness firsthand the contribution they provide for Veteran's Day.
"It just makes me realize that in every volunteer opportunity that you get, especially here in the honor guard, it make you look at veterans day in a different way," said Staff Sgt. David Montenegro, 51st Force Support Squadron incoming NCO in charge of base honor guard. "You appreciate it more because you see what happens behind the scenes, per say, to make this holiday what it is supposed to be for us."
But at the same time that they are honoring veterans, as military members themselves, deserve to be respected for the sacrifices they make.
"They set aside a lot of their off time to come here, practice, and do the details," said Tech. Sgt. Noel Abad, 51st FSS outgoing NCO in charge of base Honor Guard.
The Osan Air Base Honor Guard differs from other base Honor Guards by not having set members.
"One of the main things here is that everyone is a volunteer," said Montenegro. "They still have a regular job on a daily basis."
Tech. Sgt. Scott Salmone, 694th Intelligence Support Squadron Distributed Common Ground System project manager, has been a part of Honor Guard for nine and a half years and has a lot of pride in that.
"There is no greater honor than paying respect to the veterans," he said," especially the ones who have sacrificed their lives and service to our country."
Military members continue to honor past veterans by carrying on providing their services and sacrifices. Abad has no doubt that an excellent way to do this is to volunteer your time to the Honor Guard.
"Honestly, I firmly believe that everybody in the Air Force should serve at least a little bit of time in the honor guard," he said. "It gives you a different perspective in serving in the military."
Whether you are celebrating Veteran's day with a barbeque or with an endless movie marathon, remember what the day is all about. Take a little time to reflect and recognize the men and woman of the armed forces who have and will continue to provide their sacrifices and services.