Tag Archives: The Old Guard

Caisson Brass Spurs

Riders within the Old Guard’s Caisson platoon receive brass spurs for exemplary service.
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Photo: Spc. Seth Wymer, Sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a flag at the foot of one of four crypts of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 23. The ceremony, known as Flags In, is performed to commemorate and honor U.S. military personnel ahead of Memorial Day weekend and has been conducted annually since 1948. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Garcia/Released)

Army Spc. Seth Wymer, a 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) sentinel assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, places a flag at the foot of one of four crypts of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 23, 2013.
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Photo: Sgt. Dontae Skywalker, tomb sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), lays a rose at the foot of one of the crypts of the Unknowns, March 25, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. The placing of a rose at the foot of each crypt signifies a sentinels' last and final honor before they leave The Tomb of the Unknown. Skywalker served at the Tomb from September 2010 to September 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.

Army Sgt. Dontae Skywalker lays a rose at the foot of one of the crypts of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., March 25, 2013.
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Army Spc. Jacob Eberly, an infantryman assigned to Caisson platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), checks on Tillman, a Caisson horse, at the Caisson stable on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 12,2013. When Tillman fell into a hole during a mission, Eberly's quick reaction helped prevent serious injuries to the horse. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Garcia

As one Caisson team set out for their day’s first mission on Feb. 4, they had little idea that one soldier’s quick thinking would save their horses from certain peril.
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Army Spc. Kevin Morthorst, right, an infantryman assigned to Caisson Platoon, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and members of his squad return to the Caisson horse stables after performing various funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 9, 2012. On this day, Morthorst performed his 1,000th memorial ceremony with the Caisson platoon. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Luisito Brooks

The day started just like any other workday for Spc. Kevin Morthorst. However, by the end of the day, he would reach a huge milestone in his military career.
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