Tomb PositionAssistant Relief Commander
Highest Military Rank1SGT
Tomb DatesSep 1978 - Jun 1979
Military DatesFeb 1975 - Jul 1997
Home City / StateBronx, NY
Current City / StateColorado Springs, NY
Tomb ReflectionsThis experience was the Zenith of my career, I'm very honored to have served as a Sentinel and Relief Commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Units & CampaignsJoint Meritorious Unit Award,
Awards & DecorationsDefense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4), Overseas Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantrymen Badge, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Badge,
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Did you know?
How long does the Sentinel hesitate after the facing movement to begin the return walk? Is the rifle carried on the same shoulder all the time?
The Sentinel does not execute an about face, rather they stop on the 21st step, then turn and face the Tomb for 21 seconds. They then turn to face back down the mat, change the weapon to the outside shoulder, mentally count off 21 seconds, then step off for another 21 step walk down the mat. They face the Tomb at each end of the 21 step walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until the the Guard Change ceremony begins.