— 15 Years Ago Today — Activation ceremony for 1st Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) on August 19, 2004. The ceremony was a first step in the reorganization of the Regiment based at Fort Myer, VA.
The 1st Battalion had been active since April 1948. As a result of the inactivation of 2d Battalion in 1957, the 1st Battalion and its headquarters were often referred to as the Regiment. This activation ceremony and realignment, in reality, separated 1st Battalion headquarters and staff from the Regimental headquarters and staff, in preparation for the reactivation of the 4th Battalion (December 2008). Photos by Jeremy Kern, Old Guard Public Affairs.
— 25 Years Ago Today — On this day in 1994, the 3d Battalion of the Old Guard inactivated at Fort Snelling, MN. The 3-3 IN was in 1959 at Fort Snelling. The 3-3 IN served as an Army Reserve component under the 103d Infantry Division (1959-63) and the 205th Infantry Brigade. 6th Infantry Division (1963-94). Elements of The Old Guard have been stationed at Fort Snelling four separate times, earning the nickname, “Minnesota’s Own.”
Ten years ago today, the first social media page was created with the purpose of continuing the mission of The Old Guard Museum. The Old Guard Museum had closed the previous year, and this page was a way to keep sharing 225 years of Old Guard History.
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How about a Friday Flashback? We go back to 1955, at a time when Honor Guard Company was Company A, 1st Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment.
Original caption: SG 520208 ARLINGTON, VA Men of the Army’s Third (Old Guard) Regt perform one of the most highly honored military duties in the Armed Forces. Soldiers of the Regt’s “A” Co keep a twenty-four hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, the nation’s most famous military memorial, where the body of an unidentified soldier of WWI was reinterred, in 1921.
Sergeant of the Guard, M/Sgt Woodrow W. Mangum, and Corporal of the Guard, Delbert Thomas, check a list of forthcoming wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in which members of the Guard will participate. 12 September 1955
On this day in 2004, members of Company B started to return from their deployment to the Horn of Africa. This was the first company-sized deployment of 1st Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment since World War II. Company B deployed in December 2003 to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti under Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
The Old Guard PT shirt that was available in the 1990s-2000s is probably the most requested item over the last 15 years. Over time PT shirts changed, and were not unit specific. They are available again! These throwback PT shirts have the guidon on the left front and the unofficial crest on the back with the original wording.
Shirts can ordered in navy blue like the originals, or choose from 26 other colors. Shirts are available with multiple battalion configurations. For example, Company A was formerly in 1st Battalion, but is currently in 4th Battalion. Both versions are available (and a CINC Guard version). Shirts are also available with specialty unit guidons not available on the originals. Specialty unit shirts are available with CINC Guard, FDC, Caisson, CCG, GUNS, PSB, TUS, and USADT guidon designs. Designs with 2d Battalion options are also available. Shirts for 289th MPs, 947th MPs and 529th RSC coming soon!
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