Eligibility for Military Honors



Eligibility for Military Honors
Hanscom AFB
New York State
Air Force
Ph: 781-377-4850
Fax: 781-377-3153
Cell: N/A
McGuire AFB
Funeral Home Name
Street Address
State + Zip Code
Ph: 609-754-4117
Fax: 609-754-3711
Cell: 609-462-9675
Ph: 315-334-6256
Fax: 315-334-6244
Cell: 315-272-6326
Niagara Falls ARS
Ph: 716-236-3182
Fax: 716-236-3578
Cell: 716-622-0494
Syracuse ANGB
Stewart ANGB
Ph: 845-563-2067
Fax: 845-563-2056
Cell: N/A
Dover AFB
Ph: 607-754-4117
Fax: 585-783-5368
Honor Guard
2720 Kirkbridge Drive
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
DSN 238-3182
Ph: 315-233-2515
Fax: 315-233-2645
Cell: 315-506-8082
Honor Guard
Areas Of Coverage:
New Jersey
Dover AFB: Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester,
McGuire AFB: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape
May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex,
Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex,
Union, Warren
New York
Stewart ANGB: Albany, Columbia, Delaware,
Dutchess, Green, Orange, Putnam, Schoharie, Ulster
Syracuse ANGB: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango,
Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca,
Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne
Niagara Falls ARS: Allegany, Cattaraugus,
Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston,
Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming,
McGuire AFB: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York,
Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester
Hanscom AFB: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton,
Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga,
Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington
NEADS ANGB: Chenango, Herkimer, Lewis,
Madison, Oneida, Otsego
Niagara Falls ARS: Erie, McKean, Potter,
McGuire AFB: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia,
Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe,
Northampton, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga,
Wayne, Wyoming
Dover AFB:
Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware,
Philadelphia , Camden
Mission Statement
Will the deceased receive a
“21-Gun salute”?
The mission of the Honor Guard is to respectfully
honor those who served by rendering military
honors at national and private cemeteries and to
represent the Air Force in ceremonies and official
The 21-Gun salute is often
confused with the act of firing 3
volleys at military funerals, but
these two acts are different. Today
the national salute of 21 guns
(Cannons) is fired in honor of a
national flag, the sovereign or chief
of state of a foreign nation, a
member of a reigning royal family,
and the president, ex-president,
and president elect of the United
States of America.
Eligibility for Military Honors
Veteran Honors -Former military members who served
in the active military and who were discharged or
released under conditions other than dishonorable or
were members or former members of the Selected
Reserve and departed under conditions other than
dishonorable. Former members of the Air Force, Army
Air Corps or Army Air Forces and Women’s Air
Forces, whose last service was other than dishonorable
and members of a reserve component with veteran
status are eligible to receive honors. Former military
members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a
disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Veterans: 2 person flag fold, Bugler
Retiree Honors -Air Force members receiving retired
pay or members of the Air Force Reserve or ANG, not
in an active–duty status.
Members of the Selected Reserve who are not on duty
when they die will receive the same military funeral
honors as a retiree.
Retiree: 7 person team, Pallbearers, 3 person
firing party, Bugler
Active Duty Honors -Active duty personnel, members
of the Reserve and ANG on duty (on active or inactive
duty) and recipients of the Medal of Honor are entitled
to full military funeral honors.
Active Duty: 20 Person team, Detail Commander,
6 Pallbearers, 7 person firing party with a FP
Commander, 4 person colors team, and a bugler
The Custom of the Three
Volley Rifle Salute
The Ceremonial Salute rendered
by a military firing party is one that
is as old as the profession of arms.
Traditionally, a firing party was
used to indicate to an opposing
force that the duty of burying the
dead was complete and that battle
was ready to commence again.
Today, the tradition of three
volleys, though obscured by time,
continues to be used as a final
farewell to a soldier who served
this country with pride and honor.

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