Highest Military RankSSG
Tomb DatesMar 1980 - Apr 1981
Military DatesJul 1977 - Mar 1994
Home City / StateWichita Falls, TX
Current City / StateCentral City, KY
Tomb ReflectionsProud to have served; humbled at their sacrifice.
Wet gloves and frozen fingers.
Lonely, dark nights.
Walking even when nobody is watching.
Details, details, details.
Spit and polish, ching, ching.
Pride, Honor, Respect, Humility
Units & CampaignsMy war was the Cold War.
B 1/18th Inf., Ft. Riley, KS
D 1/3rd US Inf., Ft Myer, VA
E 1/3rd US Inf., Ft. Myer, VA
B 4/31st Inf., Ft. Sill, OK
C 1/46th Inf., 1st Arm. Div., Germany
C 2/6th Inf., 2nd BDE., Germany
USA NCOA/DSS, Ft. Knox, KY
E 15th BN 4th BCT, Ft. Knox, KY
E 2/46th Inf., 4th Tng. BDE., Ft. Knox, KY
C 1/27th Inf., Schofield Bks., Hawaii
HHC 1/27th Inf., Schofield Bks., Hawaii
A 3/502nd Inf., BN. 101st ABN. Div., Ft. Campbell, KY
HHC 3/502 Inf., BN. 101st ABN Div., Ft. Campbell, KY
Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard Identification Badge
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal (3)
Army Achievement Medal (13)
Good Conduct Medal (5)
National Defense Service Medal
NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (2)
Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB)
Airborne Badge (ABN)
Air Assault Badge (AAS)
AAS (Rappel Master)
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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.