Tomb Guard Assistance Program (TGAP) Update
1 month ago
Greetings, the Tomb Guard Assistance Program (TGAP) Co-chairs are seeking local Society members to support the Platoon. As some of you may be aware, earlier this year Carnell Nettles moved to San Antonio, Texas which caused a gap in the local support to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Platoon as related to Society.
That support entails at a minimum to be a physical presence at New Badge and Last Walk Ceremonies as needed on behalf of Society. This could also include attendance to occasional external events that current Platoon members are present for.
Typically, all notices for these events are generated greater than two weeks in advance and disseminated by the current Sergeant of the Guard (SOG). Duties would be simply to present coins during these events and take photographs on the behalf of the Society and then forward to TGAP Co-Chairs for social media use.
We need your Help
We would like to establish a list of Society members that are in the commutable area to the Arlington National Cemetery ANC. Dave Hathaway (Quartermaster) does a great job of preparing the items that are donated to the Soldiers and regularly represents the Society. Moving forward we would like to have a stronger Society presence with the Platoon in all areas, not just ceremonies.
If you currently live in Maryland, Virginia and/or District of Columbia we are soliciting your help. Please provide the following information:
Badge number and years of service
We would like to stand up a process of helping and guiding the Tomb Guard Platoon in support of their personal development. This opportunity would be available to all members of the Society, including Associate and Legacy Members for the purpose of mentorship. Society members are asked to contact the TGAP with their contact information to be a volunteer . Members can volunteer professional or personal expertise that they feel would be beneficial to these young Soldiers.
Possible mentor candidates would be business owners, pilots, subject matter experts at applying for federal jobs, electrician, collector, executive, instructor, hunter, hobbyist or other professionals.
If you feel that you can provide other members with assistance in your field of experience and want to give back, feel free to volunteer.
Please send you information or requests to Paul Basso at Bosdeo@hotmail.com or Carnell Nettles at email@example.com. Please include Contact information, areas of specialization that you could provide guidance and your availability and willingness to assist.
Paul Basso, Co-Chair (2000-04, 2015-17)
Carnell Nettles, Co-Chair (1983-85)
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Did you know?
Is it true after two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as Guard of the Tomb, that there are only 600 presently worn, and that the Guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin?
The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is awarded after the Sentinel passes a series of tests. The TGIB is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served nine months as a Sentinel at the Tomb. Over 600 have been awarded since its creation in the late 1950's (on average 10 per year). And while the TGIB can be revoked, the offense must be such that it discredits the Tomb of the Unknowns. Revocation is at the 3rd Infantry Regimental Commander’s discretion and can occur while active duty or even when the Sentinel is a civilian. The TGIB is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.