United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard

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U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard
Active1962 – Present
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch Flag of the United States Coast Guard.svg U.S. Coast Guard
Type honor guard
Role public duties
Part ofU.S. Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command [1]
Garrison/HQ Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Colors  Coast Guard Blue
Decorations Coast Guard Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Website http://www.uscg.mil/honorguard/
Commanding Officer LCDR Chris Kimrey [2]
Chief ISCS Blaine Piersol [2]
Executive Officer LT Tyler Pfenninger [2]
Operations Officer LT James Rimmele [2]
Training Officer ENS Casey Blowe [2]
Coast Guard Honor Guard Badge
US Coast Guard Honor Guard Badge.png

The United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard is a unit of the United States Coast Guard responsible for the performance of public duties. Stationed in Alexandria, Virginia, the unit was activated in 1962.



The U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard was activated on March 5, 1962 to support Coast Guard ceremonial missions and provide a Coast Guard presence during state occasions, such as the presidential inaugural parade and state and official arrival ceremonies. Prior to this, ad hoc units raised from the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey performed these functions. Initially stationed in Baltimore, Maryland, the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard was redeployed to its current station in Alexandria, Virginia in 1965. [2]



The U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard provides – along with similar units from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force – marching platoons for state and official arrival ceremonies at the White House and the Pentagon, for the quadrennial presidential inaugural parade, for annual Independence Day observances in Washington, D.C., as well as for public events (recently including New Orleans Mardi Gras and the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan). It also provides elements for military tattoos, change of command ceremonies, ship commissioning ceremonies, and its personnel serve as pallbearers, color guards, and firing parties at the funerals of Coast Guardsmen at Arlington National Cemetery. [3] [4]

According to the Coast Guard, most personnel assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard serve a two-year tour of duty with the unit and are selected directly from recruit training. [5]


The unit wears the Coast Guard "full dress blue" uniform augmented with the service identification badge, white belt with embossed brass buckle, white aiguillette, and white gloves. [6]

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