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Unit in Focus~ The Vandenberg Honor Guard

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- It is the United States Air Force's privilege and responsibility to render military honors for the veterans and active duty services members at their interment. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the country. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- It is the United States Air Force's privilege and responsibility to render military honors for the veterans and active duty services members at their interment. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the country. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Members of the base honor guard practice a funeral sequence during a training day at the honor guard building here Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The base honor guard consists of 48 members who are all volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Members of the base honor guard practice a funeral sequence during a training day at the honor guard building here Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The base honor guard consists of 48 members who are all volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- A member of the base honor guard holds the flag during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the county.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- A member of the base honor guard holds the flag during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the county. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- A 10-man base honor guard funeral detail folds the American flag during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the county.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- A 10-man base honor guard funeral detail folds the American flag during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the county. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Members of the base honor guard fold the American flag during a 10-man funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the county.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Members of the base honor guard fold the American flag during a 10-man funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the county. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Members of the base honor guard prepare to fold the American flag during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. It is the United States Air Force’s privilege and responsibility to render military honors for veterans and active duty service members at their interment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Members of the base honor guard prepare to fold the American flag during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. It is the United States Air Force’s privilege and responsibility to render military honors for veterans and active duty service members at their interment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- A bugle player with the base honor guard plays taps during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. It is the United States Air Force’s privilege and responsibility to render military honors for veterans and active duty service members at their interment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- A bugle player with the base honor guard plays taps during a funeral practice at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery here Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. It is the United States Air Force’s privilege and responsibility to render military honors for veterans and active duty service members at their interment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- The base honor guard stand at parade rest in front of Missile V here Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The base honor guard is charged to stand sharp, crisp and motionless for they are ceremonial guardsmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- The base honor guard stand at parade rest in front of Missile V here Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The base honor guard is charged to stand sharp, crisp and motionless for they are ceremonial guardsmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)