The Niagara Falls Honor Guard is a group of Air Force men and women who are highly motivated and maintain exceptionally high standards of appearance and conduct and show aptitude for ceremonial duty. The primary purpose of an honor guard is to provide funeral honors for fallen Airmen. In addition, the Honor Guard represents the USAF in ceremonies and official events in the Western New York area.
REQUESTING MILITARY HONORS
Funeral Homes or Family members can request military honors. To request military honors, complete the Military Funeral Honors request HERE.
Make requests for military funeral honors by calling 609-562-6141 and speaking to a mortuary affairs representative. You will need to e-mail or fax the Military Funeral Honors request with the members AF Form 214, Discharge Paperwork to Niagara Falls Honor Guard at 716-236-3578 or McGuire AFB Honor Guard 609-562-6346. Please call the Honor Guard Staff to confirm receipt of form.
Eligibility for military funeral honors can be found in AFI 34-242 Section 8C.
The Niagara Falls Honor Guard supports the color guard for events throughout most of Western New York. To make requests for color guard support, complete this form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to Niagara Falls Honor Guard 716-236-3578.
E-Mail Instructions: (1) Open this form and fill in all blocks as appropriate. (2) Save the form as you would any other document and create a unique name (i.e. Warner Retirement Ceremony, 914th Airlift Squadron Change of Command, Buffalo Bills Football Game, etc.). (3) Attach the new document to an e-mail message to email@example.com. (4) Use the subject line “Request for Honor Guard Support” to flag your message.
You will receive an e-mail response or phone call once your request has been opened. Requesters are advised to ensure accurate and detailed information on this form is easy to understand, as our support for your event will be based on this information disclosed herein. For events outside of Niagara Air Reserve Station, NY immediate area, detailed information and accurate address AND cell phone information are critical along with an accurate description of the event location and desired ceremony. Thank you for your request and we look forward to supporting your organization.
Be advised that we prioritize events using the following criteria: (1) all military funeral honors, (2) official military functions (prioritized by date of request), (3) all other requests for support (prioritized by date of request).
Our decision to cancel support for events is based on manpower and workload. But in those rare circumstances where we simply cannot support your event, we will make every effort to give you as much advanced notice as possible.
An honor guard, or ceremonial guard, is a ceremonial escort, often military in nature, usually composed of volunteers who are carefully screened for their ability and physical dexterity. Only those persons, who are highly motivated, maintain exceptionally high standards of appearance and conduct and show aptitude for ceremonial duty are considered.
If you have problems with downloading of any forms or require any further information please contact the McGuire Honor Guard at 609-562-6141 or Niagara Falls Honor Guard at 716-236-3182.
MSgt. Lisa Sveda
Fax #: Niagara Falls Honor Guard 716-236-3578.
Fax #: McGuire AFB Honor Guard 609-562-6346.