We asked the new Sergeant of the Guard (SOG) to write a brief introduction for our last newsletter and we are happy to share it here.
Greetings fellow Tomb Guards. I am Sergeant First Class Paul Basso the new Sergeant of the Guard. I have taken over as the SOG and Platoon Sergeant. I am a former Tomb Guard and served from 2000 to 2003 and have been given the unique opportunity of serving TUS again. I’m married to my wife, Jessica without children and we live in Dumfries, VA. My hobbies include woodworking, numismatics, and antiquing.
I have been in the Army for 17 years as a Military Policeman and have served in many assignments while stationed at Fort Myer, Scofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Fort Drum, West Point, Smith Barracks, Germany, Afghanistan (2012-13) and Iraq (2007-08).
While looking for a new assignment near my wife’s school I had two options, Korea and Fort Myer, it was an easy decision. To prevent separation from my wife I choose to return to the Old Guard. Good timing provided me an interview for the SOG position. I was selected and I re-entered TUS Training in October, to brush up on the changes since I was here last, and completed training in February. Working with and for Soldiers is what has kept me in the Army, it’s the most rewarding work for an NCO. The opportunity to work with Soldier who are also Tomb Guards is especially important for me. I look forward to helping and watching these fine Soldiers grow as Soldiers and Guards.
As I write this the weather has changed and it is finally what appears to be spring outside, the Cemetery is beautiful place. The TUS Platoon is filled with a new generation of Guards, they are better than I ever was and it’s an honor to serve those that serve the Unknowns.
Its good to be back.