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.
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.