The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, traditionally known as “The Old
Guard,” is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army. The Old
Guard is the U.S. Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the
President. They conduct and support official joint service and Army
ceremonies, memorial affairs and special events representing the U.S.
Army and Armed Forces to the highest standard. The Old Guard
continuously prepares for its contingency missions in the National
Capital Region by maintaining trained forces year-round for operations
within the Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters
National Capital Region.
The Old Guard Caisson Platoon
The Old Guard Caisson Platoon is the only unit of its kind remaining in
the United States Army. Its name is derived from the horse drawn wagons
once used by the American Expeditionary Force to supply guns, ammunition
and spare parts to the battle lines. Today these same caissons are used
to transport flag draped caskets to their final resting places in
Arlington National Cemetery.
Continental Color Guard
Soldiers in battle have guided on the colors for centuries and in
today’s Army Soldiers still carry the colors in the form of a patch on
their right shoulder, featuring the U.S. Flag in reverse. The Old
Guard’s Continental Color Guard was established to recall the history of
the regiment. Its heritage traces back to the early days of our nation
and is a tradition in The Old Guard.
Presidential Salute Battery
Cannons from the Salute Guns Platoon signal the beginning of Twilight
Tattoo and punctuate some of its more dramatic moments. The Salute Guns
Platoon is responsible for rendering honors to visiting foreign
dignitaries and heads of state at the White House, the Pentagon and
elsewhere in the Washington D.C., area. The platoon also fires the final
salutes during many funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. It is the
only unit of its kind in the Army.
The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
The Fife and Drum Corps is charged with maintaining some of America’s
oldest military music traditions. Their crisp drill and early American
music represent the dedication, discipline and precision of the United
States Army to our Nation and the world. Created in 1960, as an element
of The Old Guard, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is one of only four
premier Army musical organizations.
The U.S. Army Drill Team
Trim military bearing, strength and dexterity are mandatory for
qualification to the Drill Team. Soldiers on the Drill Team use
bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles. These Soldiers and their
performances are one of the finest examples of what hard training,
constant practice and teamwork produces in today’s Army.
The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"
The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical
organization of the U.S. Army since 1922. The musicians of “Pershing’s
Own” render musical honors for foreign dignitaries, heads of state,
diplomats and high-ranking military officers. “Pershing’s Own” is the
greatest non-threatening force in today’s Army and its duty is to bring
about a patriotic feeling of honor and pride for the United States and
for those serving to protect its way of life.
U.S. Army Band Downrange
Downrange is the premier vocal entertainment ensemble of the U.S. Army,
capable of performing popular music from the 1940s to the present. Each
year they entertain thousands of people around the country. With its
unique and ever-changing repertoire, Downrange directs the spotlight on
this dynamic group of active-duty musicians—talented vocalists and a
powerful rhythm section. Downrange maintains the highest standards of
excellence in musical entertainment and provides an exceptional musical
U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble
In keeping with the tradition of America’s only original art form, jazz,
the Army Blues strives to preserve the music of such big band legends
as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. Over the
years it has evolved into the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army. As
a component of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the Army
Blues is one of the few remaining professional big bands working today.
U.S. Army Voices
The U.S. Army Voices provide musical support to the nation’s leadership
and entertain a wide variety of audiences with choral and patriotic
music , from the intimate setting of a State Dinner, to the floor show
of international military tattoos and the grand stage of major concert
halls around the world.