This complete video version of the performance in Norway by the US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team at Norway is amazing and must be seen by all family members.
Established in 1931, one of the principal missions of this silent ceremonial drill team is to represent the US Navy in public, private, and presidential ceremonial performances in Washington, DC and around the world. The drill team is based at Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC and it continues to show the world the amazing skills of our nation’s soldiers.
The Honor Guard Drill Team participates in many prestigious ceremonies, including Presidential inaugurations and the pomp and ceremony of arriving officials from foreign nations. In addition, the Navy’s Ceremonial Honor Guard performs as part of the funeral entourage of Navy personnel and participates in all Navy services reserved for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Assignments for attending ceremonies come from the President of the United States, first and foremost and then the assignments are relegated and scheduled by the Secretaries of Defense and the Navy and downward in the chain of command of the different branches of the Navy until the actual participation in the ceremonies. The Drill Team sailors participate in numerous other military ceremonies at district commands and some components of the US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard, such as the Drill Team and Color Guard, have also performed at public events across the nation and around the world.
Members of the Drill Team Honor Guard are experts when it comes to organized close order drills, synchronization, and techniques. The Ceremonial Honor Guard performs at many events, including local and national holiday celebrations and armed forces observances. Performances can also be scheduled for schools, universities, special conventions, and Navy-related events such as ceremonial ship commissioning, changes of command, and retirements. At the home of the Chief of Naval Operations, the prestigious Tingey House, the Honor Guard will perform in the welcoming of numerous foreign officials and dignitaries.
Using the standard 1903 Springfield rifle with 10″ fixed bayonets, the ceremonial drill team respects the time-honored ritual of naval service by utilizing a 4-man routine and a 9-man routine. The intricate and complex drill performed by the Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team features meticulous marching and arms presentations, executed with single precision movements, as well as stunning aerial maneuvers.
These manuals exhibit the stringent military order and professionalism, combined with teamwork that the Ceremonial Drill Team members must possess in order to perform their disciplined routine at the highest level.