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NEWS | Nov. 27, 2013

USAF Ceremonial Guardsman shows true colors

By Airman 1st Class Joshua R. M. Dewberry 11th Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Jason Black, USAF Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, is this week's Warrior of the Week.

The Stockton, Calif., native joined the Air Force on June 19, 2012. While currently serving his first assignment with the Honor Guard, he hopes to pursue a successful career in Special Vehicle Maintenance.

In the ceremonial flight, he serves in a selectively manned/nominative position representing every Air Force member, past and present. Black performs ceremonial duties across the Military District of Washington to include: joint service and Air Force ceremonies, as well as honors funerals in Arlington National Cemetery.

Black was recognized because he displays the leadership, moral ethics, positive attitude, professionalism and the American Airman ethos that excels him above his peers in the USAF Honor Guard and the Air Force.

"I am currently training to test for my first Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of the Color Team qualification," said Black. "This is a position entrusted to NCOs and trainers, and as an A1C, this demonstrates the trust that the Honor Guard has in me."

While having a full schedule of ceremonies, training and education, Black is also a colors element scheduler, a position that holds the full responsibility of assigning colors members to missions across Arlington National Cemetery and the National Capitol Region.

In his off duty time, he is involved in community volunteer and humanitarian service. Black recently led a team of Airmen in assisting Charles County Children's Aid Society with organizing and loading school supplies for the community children, saving CCCAS $2568.24.

Black is currently enrolled in Ashford University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology.  His interests include sports, weight lifting, snowboarding, reading and fishing.