Mortuary Affairs & Honor Guard


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Mortuary Affairs & Honor Guard

The RAF Mildenhall Honor Guard provides honors for Active, Retiree, and Veteran service members during many ceremonious occasions. They can be seen at Promotions, Retirements, and funerals for those who are or have served in the United States military. At other times they dedicate volunteer hours to local colleges, homeless shelters, and the Department of Defense. Their professionalism can be seen across 58,000 square miles from Alabama to Georgia every year. Services they provide range from the presentation of colors, firing teams, or the playing of the bugle. 

Mortuary Affairs is equipped to support the family through with military funerals and help them understand what benefits are available. Key services include the handling of funeral operations, organization of the Honor Guard, the travel plans of fallen military members and their families, and financial expenses. It is their duty to ensure that the family is taken care of and that those who have passed are treated with the utmost respect and honor.

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Detail Sizes

Deceased Air Force / Army Air Core funeral detail size:  Active Duty/Reservist & Air National Guard on active orders: 20 member detail (full military honors)
Retired AF or AAC/Traditional Reservist: 2 member detail (folding of the flag, playing of “Taps”, and presentation to the NOK). If manning is available then a firing party will be provided. Please call after 2:00pm the day prior to the funeral if you wish to confirm detail size.  Veteran: 2 member detail (folding of the flag, playing of “Taps”, and presentation to the NOK). Colors Team / Postings: will have a minimum of 4 members.

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Requesting Services

Funeral honors requests can be e-mailed to the Flight Support office or faxed to DSN xxx-xxxx or commercial (xxx) xxx-xxx.  Color Guard requests should be submitted online using the link below. Please be sure to include the following information in all requests:  Type of ceremony, Type of honors requested, Time & date of the ceremony, Who is hosting the ceremony, Any other pertinent information regarding the ceremony, A POC with a good phone number.  The Flight Support personnel will contact you to confirm receipt of your request. 

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Who We Honor First

Please understand that funeral honors take precedence over all other Honor Guard activities.  There is always a chance that non-funeral requests will be denied or cancelled if the Honor Guard becomes overtasked with funeral ceremonies.

Retirements & Promotions

Postings for retirements and promotions must meet the following criteria.  Promotions:  Person being honored must be promoted to the grade of Chief Master Sergeant  for enlisted or Colonel for officers, and SES for civilians. Retirements:  Person being honored must be in the grade of Chief Master Sergeant for enlisted or Colonel for officers and SES for civilians.

Alternative Resources

Please feel free to contact us for alternative resources if your event does not meet these requirements.

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