1st Female USADT Commander

1st Lt. Lauran Glover, the first woman drill commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team [USADT], 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and her Soldiers perform, Nov. 23, at a football game at Candlestick Stadium in San Francisco, Ca. (Courtesy photo)

1st Lt. Lauran Glover, the first woman drill commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team [USADT], 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and her Soldiers perform, Nov. 23, at a football game at Candlestick Stadium in San Francisco, Ca. (Courtesy photo)

Being a female officer in a mostly male military is not the easiest job; however, there are women who continue to tear down the walls and barriers that have prevented them from certain positions.
1st Lt. Lauran Glover, a military police officer, has paved the way for women in the U.S. Army when she was recently selected as the first woman drill commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team [USADT], 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
For more than 50 years, the USADT has showcased the U.S. Army both nationally and internationally through breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles.
As the commander, Glover will lead that team of Soldiers in drill and ceremony during performances for military, government, non-profit, and civilian organizations.
“I am honored and proud for this opportunity to represent the Army, women and my country,” said Glover.
A graduate of the officer candidate school, Glover was first assigned as a military police officer at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Following that assignment, she became a platoon leader for the 289th Military Police [MP] Company (The Old Guard) on Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall, Va.
“When I joined the Army, I had know idea the Army even had a drill team,” said Glover. “After I saw one of their performances, I knew I wanted to be part of that team and their legacy.”
She added only at The Old Guard can a Soldier conduct tactical training one day and then perform a world-class ceremony for the American public on the next day.
Performing in ceremonies is nothing new to Glover; after all, she was as a key member in the Military District of Washington’s 2014 Twilight Tattoo [TLT] and Spirit of America [SOA] performances.
TLT and SOA are live-action military pageants featuring Soldiers from The Old Guard and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” They give a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army Band Downrange and U.S. Army Band Voices, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and The U.S. Army Drill Team.
“I enjoyed my time as a narrator during those shows,” said Glover. “It took countless hours of preparation and execution to prepare for the crowds averaging in the thousands from all across the country.”
Glover’s performances earned her numerous positive comments from not only the attendees but also from the senior leadership at The Old Guard.
“I have great leaders at here, and their experience and guidance has helped mold me to be the commander of the drill team,” said Glover. “It shows that if you work hard it doesn’t matter your race or gender.”
Glover said she is happy that more women in the military are stepping up to take on rolls traditionally filled by men.
“I hope I do inspire other women and Soldiers just as I was inspired by my mother, who also serve in the military,” said Glover. “If you want to be or do something, it is all up to that individual.”

1st Lt. Lauran Glover, the first woman drill commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team [USADT], 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), leads her Soldiers during a half-time performance, Nov. 23, at a football game at Candlestick Stadium in San Francisco, Ca. (Courtesy photo)

1st Lt. Lauran Glover, the first woman drill commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team [USADT], 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), leads her Soldiers during a half-time performance, Nov. 23, at a football game at Candlestick Stadium in San Francisco, Ca. (Courtesy photo)

Thanksgiving Day Meal

Thanksgiving MealThanksgiving is a time to reflect on what is most important. It is a time to spend with those you are close to and share a meal that reflects the many blessings received in the prior year.

Thanksgiving is important to service members since it is time spent with families coupled with copious amounts of food. The importance of those two things is never lost on the members of the United States Army.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH ) celebrates Turkey Day Thanksgiving Meal-10with a Thanksgiving meal on the Wednesday before the official holiday. It gives senior leaders a chance to serve the Soldiers that work tirelessly all year to make the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment the premier ceremonial unit in the U.S. Army.

The obvious question posed is a simple one: What are you thankful for?

For Sfc. Deneva L. Payne, the NCOIC in the dining facility, giving a joyful food experience is fulfilling her primary mission. She said she was thankful for being able to work with with a chain of command and Soldiers who work as a team.

Thanksgiving Meal-54           “I’m thankful for the fact I have an opportunity to do that and feed the Soldiers,” said Payne.

Payne said the motivation and dedication of her chain of command and her staff allows the vision of the Thanksgiving Meal to become a reality.

“Our goal in food service is to bring morale to a unit and installation to a high level,” said Payne. “And by doing that we provide outstanding food service and excellence in everything we do.”

Two members of the Regiment’s senior leadership that helped serve food at the Thanksgiving meal were Maj. Tim Meadors and Capt. Marjana E. Bidwell.

“I’m thankful for America, the opportunity to serve in the Army along some of the greatest Americans I have ever known,” said Meadors.

“I’m thankful for my family and friends and their good health,” said Bidwell. “And I’m thankful for being an AmerThanksgiving Meal-86ican.”

Spc. Henry J. Lajara was at the dining facility enjoying the holiday meal.

“I’m thankful for serving my country and being here,” said Lajara. “Right now I’m in a pretty good mood.”

Pfc. Drew J. Pasquarette was thankful for the U.S. Army.

“I’m thankful for all things the Army provides,” said Pasquarette. “They
provide me a room that I don’t have to pay money for, they provide me a place I can eat for free, and I’m thankful for all of the great people I have in my life.”

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings of a meal and people to share it with. The opportunity to spend time with people you care about and come together for the sole purpose of enjoying each other’s company.

Soldiers of The Old Guard however, who often spend time conducting Thanksgiving Meal-78memorial affairs for fallen service members, do not overlook this occasion. The Soldiers of The Old Guard witness first hand how precious moments spent with people you care about are to be treasured.

Pfc. Kendrick B. Jackson summed up the holiday when he said, “I’m thankful to be alive.”

Dining Facility Prepares for Holiday

DFAC-5            According to a Food Network Magazine article published in 2013, the average amount of guests at Thanksgiving is 12. The same article found the average amount of side dishes cooked along side a traditional roasted turkey is seven. Anyone that has ever prepared a Thanksgiving meal knows the immense amount of effort it takes to pull off a delicious turkey meal with all of the fixings. The amount of difficulty only rises when factoring in appetizers and dessert.

The Dining Facility on Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall is expected to serve more then 30 times the average amount of guests said Ssg. Toby L. Maratita, the rations NCOIC.

“Right now we are expecting a little bit more then we did last year,” said Maratita. “We’re trying to change up the menu, so they aren’t getting the same thing.”


Maratita said the mammoth undertaking begins on Saturday before the planned meal on Wednesday. Prep will begin with baking bread. All breads are made from scratch. Meats will also be prepped for marinade. On Sunday, fruits and vegetables will be sliced.

Monday and Tuesday are reserved for completing any tasks that couldn’t be completed over the weekend, said Maratita.

The menu will include (but is not limited to) the following:



10 lbs. of sliced pepperoni

30 lbs. of assorted cheeses

30 lbs. of crackers

40 lbs. of meatballs

50 lbs. of shrimp cocktail



430 lbs. of prime rib, accompanied by 15 gallons of au jus

DFAC-3-2150 lbs. of pork loin

325 lbs. of TurkeyDFAC-2-2



450 lbs. of redskin mashed potatoes

84 lbs. savory bread stuffing

15 gallons of brown gravy



450 desert bars

9 cases of pies

Assorted cakes made on site

Triple Badge Ceremony

tripbadge-13     In the 240-year history of the U.S. Army, only 637 Soldiers have earned the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge. Three 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldiers Spc. Dakota Wilburn, Pfc. Justin Lee Robinson and Spc. Aaron Zachary Lopez-Stoner were awarded the Tomb Badge simultaneously in a ceremony on November 17, 2015 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (TUS) in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Each new Sentinel comes from a different background. All three faced a variety of personal challenges to achieve this honorable distinction. Yet each of these Sentinels devoted themselves in the constant pursuit of perfection and reached their goal.

Wilburn is a 42A (Human Resource Specialist) from Orange County, tripbadge-3California. Human Resource Specialists are typically responsible for maintaining the personnel records of their fellow Soldiers.

Much like his job as a 42A, being a Sentinel requires a lot of attention to detail. That attention was tested in numerous ways during Wilburn’s training.

In addition to memorizing a 17-page information packet on the TUS and being graded on walks at the Tomb, prospective Sentinels are also graded on their uniforms.

Wilburn viewed the uniform component as the most difficult part of his training.

“You think in one phase you have a good grasp on it,” said Wilburn. “But as you proceed through training, there’s more and more attention to detail.”

Wilburn put in about a year of training to earn the Tomb Badge.

Becoming a Sentinel is something Wilburn has always wanted to do after visiting the TUS as an eighth grader on a school trip.

“Even then I thought they were really cool,” said Wilburn. “Just by luck I was assigned to The Old Guard. As soon as I found out I was coming here, this is what I wanted to come and do.”

Learning to manage his time was a challenge at first since the TUS does not follow a traditional work schedule, said Wilburn.

“We work 26-hour shifts,” said Wilburn. “We call it a 9-day work set.”

Wilburn was motivated to work on his uniform components, rifle movements, and study rather than sleeping in on his days off.

Yet, all of the motivation he could muster would not have been enough to be successful without the support of his family, said Wilburn.

“My wife has been a huge help this whole time,” said Wilburn. “She’s kept everything together at home, its allowed me to focus on work here.”

Unlike Wilburn, Robinson only became interested in becoming a Sentinel when he was assigned to The Old Guard.

“I just heard that it was hard,” said Robinson. “I wanted the challenge.”

tripbadge-5An 11B (Infantry), Robinson found certain aspects much more difficult than perceived. In contrast, other areas weren’t as difficult as he first thought.

Realizing what the TUS represents was the biggest challenge he faced, said Robinson.

“You come down here not really knowing,” said Robinson. “And then when you get to a certain point, it hits you.”


Lopez-Stoner of Clarksville, Tennessee, is a 74D (Chemical, Biological,
Radiological Specialist).

Lopez-Stoner could boil down his biggest challenge to one word: shoes.

“A lot of time and effort go into our uniforms,” said Lopez-Stoner. “A lot of meticulousness goes into our uniform prep.”

Lopez-Stoner said being at the TUS was a huge culture shock at first.

Off time is spent working on uniforms and studying or getting rest for the long hours, so he had to designate time to spend with his spouse to strike some kind of balance.

“I did reserve certain days where I put my stuff down and it was a me and tripbadge-19wife day,” said Lopez-Stoner. “Usually Tuesdays, five dollar movies.”

The sacrifice was worth it, as his wife was the one to pin on his Tomb Badge.

The experience has been equally difficult on he and his wife.

Ultimately the success is shared because she helped him, said Lopez-Stoner.

Lopez-Stoner is not as tall as the typical Sentinel, standing at 5’8”, but nothing would deter him.

“I had no clue there was a height requirement to come here,” said Lopez-Stoner. “I came here and did something that’s usually reserved for people that are taller. But I accomplished it.”

tripbadge-14            All three of the soldiers who earned the Tomb Badge could not explain the pride they felt.

What unites the three is their dedication to their new duties: preserving the reverence of Soldiers that gave everything, including their identities, to the nation.

Washington International Horse Show’s Military Appreciation Night

(U.S. Army Photo  by Spc. Brandon Dyer)

(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brandon Dyer)

The 57th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted its 5th annual Military Appreciation Night, October 23, 2015, that featured members of the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

Most notable guest at the Military Appreciation Night was Klinger, a horse in The Old Guard Caisson Platoon. The Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor and Service has been awarded for the past three years.

The Klinger award recognizes a horse, individual or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger.

“Thanks in part to the generous support of corporate and individual donors, WIHS has been able to foster a strong and lasting connection between the equestrian community and the United States Armed Forces,” said WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan. “We are proud of our efforts to support the men, women, and their families that serve our country.”

The Old Guard was also featured in The Army v. Navy Celebrity Barrel Racing Competition.

Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time.


(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brandon Dyer)

The race paired representatives from the U.S. Navy Equestrian Team and U.S. Army Caisson Platoon with top international show jumping riders and some of the nation’ s fastest professional cowgirls affiliated with the National Barrel Horse Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and American Professional Rodeo Association.

Other competitions included the The Boeing Company $25,000 International Jumper Puissance High Jump class alongside the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final presented by Rushy Marsh Farm and AAA Equestrian.

The $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final hosted the “Jump for TAPS” Challenge to raise funds for The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the WIHS Official Military Charity.

Each time the jump was cleared, a monetary donation was made to TAPS.

(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brandon Dyer)

(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brandon Dyer)

TAPS is an organization devoted to caring for the families of fallen soldiers with immediate and long-term support.

The WIHS is a prestigious equestrian sporting event that attracts world-class level horses and riders to the National Capital Region each October.

Established in 1958, the six-day show includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events.

More than 500 top horses and riders come to DC from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money.

Tabbed Out: Maj. Lee Spencer Wallace


(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brandon Dyer)

Story by Spc. Brandon Dyer:

The Executive Officer Fourth Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Maj. Lee Spencer Wallace arrived at the Army’s premiere memorial and ceremonial unit in July of 2015.

Wallace has an incredible amount of experiences throughout his military career to draw upon.

Over the course of his career Wallace has deployed twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.

As a battalion executive officer some of his responsibilities include managing personnel and logistical challenges as well as supervising and mentoring company commanders.

Wallace is well versed in developing leaders and building teams.

The Old Guard is the 9th infantry battalion he has been assigned to.

Wallace first began his career as a Specialist in the Mississippi National Guard as an 11M, mechanized infantryman.

In 2000, transitioned to active duty and became an Infantry officer.

Then in October of 2001 Wallace attended Ranger school.

“Ranger school for an infantry officer is one of those thing you just know you are going to do,” said Wallace. “Its part of the profession.”

Ranger School is one of the best leadership courses in the Army, said Wallace.

“I see it as a capstone training event in your initial entry training,” said Wallace. “What it provided me was really an understanding of my physical and mental limitations.”

Wallace added the biggest lesson he learned was how to persevere.

Although, Wallace concedes mental toughness alone would not have been enough at some stages.

There was one incident in particular that highlighted the importance of teamwork, when Wallace was dealing with blisters all over his feet.

“That was a big limitation for me, and I had a lot of doubt,” said Wallace. “I just kept persevering and honestly, through teamwork, I succeeded. I could not have done it alone.”

From Ranger School Wallace attended the Mechanized Leaders Course before an assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

While in the 3rd ID, Wallace said he was lucky enough to be attached to a Special Operations Task Force early in the Iraq War.

Witnessing Rangers conducting missions left Wallace feeling impressed, he said.

The impression led Wallace to request an assignment with the Ranger Battalion when he returned from Iraq.

From a leadership perspective, there is not much difference between Ranger Battalions and other assignments in the Army, said Wallace.

The biggest difference is the speed in which the Ranger organization moves.

Whereas in the Ranger Battalion planning might only take a couple of hours, other units’ preparations, rehearsals, and execution would take days, Wallace said.

Wallace said the reason for the accelerated ability to accomplish missions is a focus on the basics.

The basics are five core areas: marksmanship, small unit tactics, medical skills, physical training, and mobility.

The success of the Rangers has inspired other units to emulate their formula, said Wallace.

The Soldiers that surrounded him in the Ranger Regiment had a common identity and a common purpose, and being a Ranger was central to their identity, said Wallace.

While deployed, that “warrior culture” was displayed on a daily basis.

“The motivation and the eagerness of the Rangers to do their mission as assigned, and what I mean by motivation is that we stayed very, very busy,” said Wallace. “They were ready to get after the enemy.”

Wallace’s vast combat experiences lead him to become an instructor in the Ranger’s Training Brigade.

Wallace was a Instructor at the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader Course.

It was in his role as an instructor Wallace recognized how detailed planning helped accomplish missions and keep Soldiers safe. He utilized those lessons while conducting counter-insurgency operations on his next assignment with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.

Detailed planning allowed for his subordinates to adapt, improvise and fight more like the enemy rather than fight the plan. Leaders were better equipped to deal with the fluid nature of battle and could think their way around problems, said Wallace.

Obstacles leave Soldiers with three choices: breach it, bypass it, or report it and request assistance, said Wallace.

Wallace’s relationships built in the Ranger Regiment also helped when he was dealing with Afghans.

His combat experience in both special operations and conventional units in allowed him to give the village elders he would meet with a better understanding of what is happening in battle, said Wallace.

“Its about relationships,” said Wallace. “When I look back, its one thing to have the experience, but it’s totally another to have the relationships you have made along the way.”

The different stops along the way have shaped Wallace as a leader.

“I taught Troop Leading Procedures and reconnaissance planning when I was working at 4th Ranger Training Battalion,” said Wallace. “I saw the Special Operations side of things when I was in 1st Ranger Battalion and 3rd Ranger Battalion. I experienced high intensity conflict, what we call now “Decisive Action,” during the initial days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

The breadth of his experiences allows Wallace to draw from his past and find solutions to the challenges that he faces presently.

“It helps me provide perspective and expectations to those that are here in The Old Guard,” said Wallace. “Talking with my staff and NCO’s about here’s what life is like in the 3rd ID, here’s what life is like inside the Ranger Regiment.”

“I not only saw a lot of different leadership styles, I saw a lot of different unit cultures and climates,” said Wallace.

Wallace said the summary of these experiences has now culminated in The Old Guard.

From his early career as a Specialist in the Mississippi National Guard where he learned attention to detail, to the perseverance it took to get through Ranger training, Wallace applies the lessons learned to the highly visible mission of The Old Guard.

“I think this unit more then any other unit in the Army that I’ve been in speaks to me from the standpoint of humility and honor,” said Wallace. “Its extremely exciting.”

Three U.S. Army Soldiers Lost in Vietnam War Laid to Rest

VIETBURIAL-19Three U.S. Army soldiers, Maj. Dale W. Richardson, 28, of Mount Sterling, Ill.; Staff Sgt. Bunyan D. Price Jr., 20, of Monroe, N.C.; and Sgt. Rodney L. Griffin, 21, of Mexico, Mo, were buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. October 20, 2015.

The soldiers were missing since the Vietnam War and were identified by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) using circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, to include mitochondrial DNA, matched with their siblings.

Richardson, Price, and Griffin, all assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, were passengers aboard an UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter that was en route to Fire Support Base Katum, South Vietnam, when it was diverted due to bad weather.

After flying into Cambodian airspace, the aircraft came under heavy enemy ground fire, causing the pilot to make an VIETBURIAL-14emergency landing in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia.

Richardson, Price, and Griffin died at the site of the crash during a firefight with enemy forces. Their remains were not immediately recovered.

The Huey’s four crewmen and its four passengers survived the landing.

One crewman was able to evade being captured by enemy forces and later returned to friendly lines.

The other three crewmen and one passenger were captured. The Vietnamese released two of the captured crewmen in 1973, and the remains of the other two captured men were returned to U.S. control in the 1980s and identified.

VIETBURIAL-6           After a 20-year joint investigation by the U.S./Kingdom of Cambodia (K.O.C.), the human remains and military gear were recovered from a single grave.

The group remains representing the crew are being laid to rest by the 3d. U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

Today there are 1,626 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

Old Guard Soldiers Help Restore DC Cemetery

21812238218_2a834a43e0_oOn a sunny October morning at Saint Elizabeths Cemetery in DC, dew covered rows of tombstones are fighting a losing battle against the elements, surrounded on all sides by weeds.

Luckily, reinforcements have arrived.

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and Coast Guardsmen from the National Capital Region volunteered their time to restore Saint Elizabeths Cemetery October 6, 2015.

Organized by Coast Guard Lt. Alexander T. Austin from Coast Guard Headquarters with help from his brother, Army Sgt. 1st Class Miguel A. Serrano of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the project aims to restore the honor of the 4,000 service members buried here.

Saint Elizabeths Cemetery is one of two area cemeteries that are being refreshed as part of a “Historical Cemetery 21813190639_109da9011d_oRestoration Project”, said Austin.

The cemetery holds veterans dating all the way back to the Spanish-American War, in addition to a lone veteran of the War of 1812, and the grave of a Negro Scout from the Seminole War.

“Saint Elizabeth has two Medal of Honor recipients in it,” said Austin. “A lot of historical stuff.”

Opened in 1855, Saint Elizabeths serves people with mental illness. Today, Saint Elizabeths is partially run by the Department of Homeland Security.

With access to all federal buildings becoming restricted after 9/11, the cemetery located on the campus has fallen into disrepair.

“Its pretty simple, when we go to Arlington (National Cemetery) its pristine and its beautiful,” said Austin. “Obviously it is an honor for those people to be interned or buried there.”

Austin found the poor conditions of the grave sites heartbreaking.

So, Austin took on the challenge to restore the site.

At first the project’s manpower consisted of only two Coast Guardsmen.

“When I first came out here it was just me and lieutenant commander,” said Austin. “And I said ‘Oh my god. How are we going to get this done in one day?’”


Coast Guard Lt. Alexander T. Austin from Coast Guard Headquarters and Army Sgt. 1st Class Miguel A. Serrano of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) helped clean the final resting place of soldiers dating all the way back to the Spanish-American War, in addition to a lone veteran of the War of 1812, and the grave of a Negro Scout from the Seminole War.

Seeing the huge scope of the project, Austin talked to his brother Serrano to see if he could be of any assistance.

“First thing I did was call him and say, ‘Can we mobilize the Army?’” said Austin. “He (Serrano) was like, ‘Let me see what I can do.’”

Serrano asked commanders in The Old Guard to solicit for volunteers. The response was tremendous.

“The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, being that they are the face to the families and the face of the Army, being an ambassador, we said ‘Why not collaborate with the Coast Guard and bring the soldiers out here so they can see we are a unified force,” said Serrano. “Coming out here, basically being a part of the community.”

A combination of 40 Old Guard Soldiers and Coast Guard volunteers grabbed rakes and weed eaters and got to work clearing brush and debris.

The cooperation, along with help from area contactors and DC Department of General Services, is reinvigorating the final resting place of these honorable service members.

Old Guard Soldiers helped drag overgrown branches to a wood chipper. Soldiers bushwhacked with machetes while others piled waste with pitchforks.

To preserve the century old headstones, service members worked on their hands and knees to pull weeds from the base of the gravestones.

Truckloads of yard waste were removed.

The hard work was worthwhile for Austin.

Austin said, “If I can spend a day coming out here and just cleaning their final resting place, maybe I can give them a little bit of that honor back.”