Meet the 34th Sergeant of the Guard

April 12, 2016 | Special Report

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.

SFC Basso lays a wreath on March 25, 2016 for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society

SFC Basso lays a wreath on March 25, 2016 for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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.

SFC Basso

SGT Basso changes the guard during his first tour at the Tomb circa 2003.

SGT Basso changes the guard during his first tour at the Tomb circa 2003.

  1. Ruiaterangi Hamlin May 28, 2016

    So so proud of you Paul, well done, love hugs and XXX

    Love Aunty Nin XXX Perth

  2. Jean Douglass May 29, 2016

    The caliber of Sgt. Basso is a tribute to our country. He is a man that makes me proud to be an American. Thanks be to him and all who defend and uphold our rights as members of the United States of America. The standards he lives daily upholds and represents what I believe our country should be. He makes me proud to know him and his family. Carry on Paul Basso you are a true American and may God watch over you and Jessica as you serve the people of the USA. My God bless you and keep you!

  3. Gina Basso Hall May 29, 2016

    Thank you for your service!!

  4. Susy Manning May 29, 2016

    Thank you Brother Basso for your service. You have wonderful parents. You are shining for the world thru your dedication.

  5. Jan Ervin May 29, 2016

    Such an honor to watch over those who sacrificed everything for this nation. It takes special people, who dedicate themselves daily, to those whose names are unknown, but in death we will never forget. Thank you for your selfless service to those who never returned. May God bless you and keep you safe from harm!

  6. FA Tuutau Kalapa May 31, 2016

    Its been an honor and pleasure watching you grow up in Downey! You come from such Goodly parents and the most hilarious siblings who always puts a smile on my face when we meet. Thank you for all your hard work and especially for your beautiful wife who is the real hero for supporting your every step. Love you always Paul..thanks for always being such a kind and respectful cousin! Extremely proud of you

  7. Jeff Jones May 31, 2016

    I have known Paul Basso for 25 years or so . I was his Boy Scout Leader and his Young Mens Leader at church. Paul is a man who is beyond reproach. He has always been respectful and honorable. As a Young man he was the National Explorer of the year in Boy Scouts. It brings me much joy to see the kind of Man he is. Thank you Sgt Basso for your service and your example. I am proud to say I know you and consider you a friend. I hope one that our paths cross again.

  8. Luis & Isabel Estrada May 31, 2016

    We have such love and admiration for Paul. SFC Paul Basso, Sergeant of the Guard is an honorable man, husband and son. We thank God for his life and are so very proud of him! Also grateful we are the parents in law! Love you Paul!

  9. Ron Childress August 28, 2016

    It was my distinct honor to witness the changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns Saturday, August 27, 2016.Very powerful and moving experience that left me in tears as the process unfolded. What a hallowed and beautiful place Arlington is. I have visited the Normandy beaches and the Arizona Memorial, also. I am a USN veteran and wish to thank you and all the participants for such a wonderful and warming respect for our fallen Brothers.

  10. Robert Meis November 16, 2016

    Hi Paul! I was just talking to Lionel in my office and he had me come to this page. It seems like only yesterday that I was taking you to the the airport as you were shipping out for basic training. How the time has passed so quickly. The last time I saw you was at your wedding. Anyhow, I wanted to say how proud I am of you and I often tell the story about you as an explorer who went to serve at the TUO.

    Hopefully the family and I can make it to DC and come and see you!

    Take care and best wishes!

    Bob Meis

  11. Dr. John Coker July 5, 2017

    Congratulations and thank you for your service to our country. I live in Fredericksburg and would like to know if Sergeant Basso would consider speaking to our Rotary Club. We meet in the morning and we have 120 members. Program would last 30 minutes. My e-mail is below and my cell phone is 540-847-5259. Thank you

  12. Dr. John Coker July 5, 2017

    I wanted to follow-up on my last e-mail about having Sergeant Basso speak to our Rotary Club in Fredericksburg. We meet on Wednesday’s in the morning at 7:30 am. We are completed by 8:30am..120 members, men and female. Thank you for your consideration. Dr. John Coker

  13. Alan Turley November 13, 2017

    Thank you for your distinguished service over many years. I am grateful for men like you who uphold and defend the principles this Country was founded upon. Congratulations on your new position. I can tell you will do the job with great honor.