Frank L. Sklenar
Tomb PositionSergeant of the Guard
Highest Military RankCorporal
Tomb DatesJan 1947 - Dec 1949
CPL Sklenar went to work for various New York City government agencies, and after 18 years as a painter he switched careers and worked as a stage carpenter at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, building sets and performing cue dress in costume on stage. While there he worked on many different types: flying, unit, wagon cues and clearing scenery fly outs. Frank retired in 1992, after 20 years as an acting stage (right) manager.
After retiring, he began to enjoy sailing, reading and competition shooting.
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Units & CampaignsTransportation Company, Fort Belvoir
Ceremonial Company, Military District of Washington
Awards & DecorationsWorld War II Victory Medal
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Do you guard in a blizzard or a bad thunderstorm?
YES, but the accomplishment of the mission and welfare of the Soldier are never put at risk. The Tomb Guards have contingencies that are ready to be executed if the weather conditions ever place the Soldiers at risk of injury or death (i.e. lightning, high winds, etc). This ensures that Sentinels can continue the mission while ensuring safety. It is the responsibility of the Chain of Command from the Sergeant of the Guard to the Regimental Commander to ensure mission accomplishment and soldier welfare at all times.
It was erroneously reported that during Hurricane Isabel, the Sentinels were ordered to abandon their posts for shelter and that they refused. No such order was ever given. All proper precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the Sentinels while accomplishing their mission. Risk assessments are constantly conducted by the Chain of Command during changing conditions to ensure that soldier welfare is maintained during mission accomplishment.