The Honor Guard is a very elite team and source of pride to the Armed Services. The primary mission of the Honor Guard is to provide military honors to active duty, retiree and veteran members who have served honorably in the United States Air Force. This is a very sensitive mission and requires the most distinctive and dedicated individuals. The Honor Guard also provides support for ceremonies honoring distinguished guests, change of command ceremonies, retreats, color representations and civilian programs in the immediate Tampa Bay area. MacDill Honor Guard performs approximately 1300 details annually. Funeral Honors make up 97% of the details performed. The Honor Guard is a highly visible facet of the military and should be accepted as an honor to be a member.
Area of Responsibility
The 6th Air Mobility Wing Honor Guard is responsible for the largest Area of Responsibility in Florida, covering 19-counties, approximately 61,910 square miles, starting at Lake George, towards the north, and running south, to Key West. The Honor Guard supports joint partners Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
Retirement ceremonies are accomplished for Chief Master Sergeants and officers, Colonels and above. Requests for Air Force members below the above listed grades will be performed as manning permits, as the team’s primary mission is the rendering of funeral honors.
Source: 6th Air Mobility Wing Honor Guard