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JBSA Honor Guard
Mission
The ultimate goal of the Honor Guard is "To Honor With Dignity". The Joint Base San Antonio Air Force Base Honor Guard, part of the 502d Air Base Wing, provides military funeral honors for all active duty members, retirees, and veterans who have served honorably in the Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces or the Air Force.  The Honor Guard also provides "Colors" support for promotions, retirements, change-of-commands, recognition ceremonies, and other base/civic activities.

Vision
The vision of the Joint Base San Antonio Base Honor Guard is to ensure a legacy of Airmen who promote the mission, protect the standards, perfect the image and preserve the heritage of the organization.

Geographic Area
The Honor Guard supports a 65,000 square mile region throughout 69 counties, comprised of the Southern portion of Texas.
Counties

1. Aransas
2. Atascosa
3. Austin
4. Bandera
5. Bastrop
6. Bee
7. Bell
8. Bexar
9. Blanco
10. Brazoria
11. Brazos
12. Brooks
13. Burleson
14. Burnet
15. Caldwell
16. Calhoun
17. Cameron
18. Colorado
19. Comal
20. Coryell
21. De Witt
22. Duval
23. Falls 


24. Fayette
25. Fort Bend
26. Frio
27. Galveston
28. Gillespie
29. Goliad
30. Gonzales
31. Grimes
32. Guadalupe
33. Harris
34. Hays
35. Hidalgo
36. Jackson
37. Jim Hogg
38. Jim Wells
39. Karnes
40. Kendall
41. Kenedy
42. Kerr
43. Kleberg
44. La Salle
45. Lampasas
46. Lavaca 



47. Leon
48. Lee
49. Live Oak
50. Llano
51. Matagorda
52. McMullen
53. Medina
54. Milam
55. Montgomery
56. Nueces
57. Real
58. Refugio
59. Robertson
60. San Patricio
61. San Saba
62. Travis
63. Victoria
64. Waller
65. Washington
66. Wharton
67. Willacy
68. Williamson
69. Wilson
 
 
 

FUNERAL SUPPORT

Air Force Instruction 34-242, Mortuary Affairs mandates a team of 20 members for active duty funerals and teams of 2 members for retiree and veteran funerals.  For the honor guard to support a funeral, submit an Honors Request Form with all pertinent information, along with a copy of the deceased member's latest DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, showing honorable service.  If a DD214 is not submitted, honors cannot be performed.  In cases where a DD214 is not available, contact the Saint Louis National Archives at 314-801-0800 to obtain a Certificate of Military Service (please note, this process can take up to a week to fulfill).

 To schedule funeral honors, Honors Request Form and DD214s should be e-mailed to JBSA.HG@us.af.mil or faxed to (210) 671-3665.  All submitted documents will be verified and confirmed via phone.  To guarantee support, please provide documentation no later than 24 hours prior to the requested honors time.

Additionally, according to Title 10 Section 1491: Honors consists of a 2-person flag fold, the playing of Taps using a ceremonial bugle and flag presentation to the Next of Kin regardless of veteran status, rank, years of service.

 

CEREMONIAL SUPPORT

The Honor Guard supports promotions and retirement ceremonies when able.  Furthermore, the JBSA Honor Guard also supports on-base ceremonies, such as Quarterly/Annual Awards, Airmen Leadership School /Community College of the Air Force graduations, the Air Force Ball, and other Wing-level programs.  Other local and off-base events are only supported with approval of the base Public Affairs office.

To schedule "Colors" events, Colors Request Forms should be e-mailed to JBSA.HG@us.af.mil or faxed to (210) 671-3665.

Funeral honors take precedence over all other events.  Due to the unpredictable mission of the Honor Guard, support cannot be guaranteed at any time.  Should the Honor Guard be unable to provide support, requestors may seek former Honor Guard members from within their units.  The Honor Guard does not schedule/track unsupported events.  However, necessary equipment may be borrowed.

 

 
Contact Information

JBSA Honor Guard
Commercial: (210) 671-2562 DSN: 473-2562
Email:  JBSA.HG@us.af.mil
Normal operating hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
For after-hours urgent
assistance please call
(210) 671-4225
Colors request form
Military Funeral Honors request form

Helpful Links:
Air Force Mortuary Affairs Office
Military Funeral Honors Website
Official Flag-folding Script