Molesworth honor guard rekindles joint patriotism

U.S. Air Force Gabrielle, center, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Europe Analytic Center analyst, demonstrates how to properly hold a rifle during honor guard prectice at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, May 28, 2015. The newly-reconstructed RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard program consists of weekly practices, which involve learning facing movements, weapons handling and marching. (The last names of personnel have been romoved for security purposes) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gabrielle, center, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Europe Analytic Center analyst, demonstrates how to properly hold a rifle during honor guard prectice at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, May 28, 2015. The newly-reconstructed RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard program consists of weekly practices, which involve learning facing movements, weapons handling and marching. (The last names of personnel have been romoved for security purposes) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Service members with the RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard stand at parade rest before lowering the American and RAF Ensign flags, during a retreat ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, June 5, 2015. The newly-reconstructed honor guard team consists of U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force personnel who showcase the American flag throughout England and other countries, such as Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Service members with the RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard stand at parade rest before lowering the American and RAF Ensign flags, during a retreat ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, June 5, 2015. The newly-reconstructed honor guard team consists of U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force personnel who showcase the American flag throughout England and other countries, such as Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Navy Reserve Seaman Sheridan, center, U.S. Africa Command analyst and RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard member, assists other members with folding the American flag during a retreat ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, June 5, 2015. Retreat ceremonies are a part of the various events the newly-reconstructed honor guard team performs. (The last names of personnel have been romoved for security purposes) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Navy Reserve Seaman Sheridan, center, U.S. Africa Command analyst and RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard member, assists other members with folding the American flag during a retreat ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, June 5, 2015. Retreat ceremonies are a part of the various events the newly-reconstructed honor guard team performs. (The last names of personnel have been romoved for security purposes) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Service members with the RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard fold the American flag during a retreat ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, June 5, 2015. As the only American joint honor guard in the United Kingdom, the newly-reconstructed honor guard performs ceremonies spanning all of England, and parts of Ireland and Germany. (The last names of personnel have been blurred for security purposes)(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Service members with the RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard fold the American flag during a retreat ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, June 5, 2015. As the only American joint honor guard in the United Kingdom, the newly-reconstructed honor guard performs ceremonies spanning all of England, and parts of Ireland and Germany. (The last names of personnel have been blurred for security purposes)(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Service members assigned to the RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard present the colors during the Combined Joint Service Ball at King's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom Sept. 11, 2015. The only American joint honor guard team in the United Kingdom performs various ceremonies, such as retreats, retirements and funerals throughout England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

U.S. Service members assigned to the RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard present the colors during the Combined Joint Service Ball at King's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom Sept. 11, 2015. The only American joint honor guard team in the United Kingdom performs various ceremonies, such as retreats, retirements and funerals throughout England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)

RAF MOLESWORTH, United Kingdom -- Editor's note: Due to the sensitivity of the joint intelligence mission, the last names of personnel have been removed in this article.

A line of seven U.S. Service members stand together, clad in their respective services' ceremonial uniforms, carrying the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and American flags, with two riflemen on each end.

Their movements are paced and calculated. They place the flags, salute, and while the national anthem is played, the ceremony begins.

The Service members are a part of the newly-reconstructed RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard, a command program comprised of U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force personnel.

According to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Zaybreon Jeter, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Europe Analytic Center, property book officer and noncommissioned officer in charge of the honor guard, it is the only American joint honor guard in the United Kingdom.

The revised program involves two phases: the initial - which consists of learning facing movements, weapons handling, marching, individual drill and command calling, and the selection phase - which allows honor guard leaders to evaluate and choose applicants based on the execution of learned skills.

"This is a great improvement from the organizational structure in the last program," said Jeter. "With this new program, we are recruiting more people to form back-up teams and everyone will be trained in every detail."

U.S. Navy Reserve Seaman Sheridan, U.S. Africa Command analyst, is one of the program's newest recruits.

Sheridan, who joined to honor the heritage of his father and WWII-veteran grandfather, said being a part of a joint honor guard has been a remarkable experience.

"It's weird," said Sheridan. "What sticks out to me the most are the differences between the services. It's interesting and it changes your perspective. I feel like [the honor guard] is breaking down stereotypes and it helps everyone feel a part of something bigger."

According to Jeter, the reason for the revised program all boils down to patriotism; the military forces working together to represent the United States.

The team travels throughout England, as well as other countries, to showcase the U.S. flag and the four military services serving at Molesworth.   

The various events the group performs include monthly retreat ceremonies, retirements, funerals, remembrance ceremonies at the Madingley American Cemetery in Cambridge, and the NFL games in London, alongside British forces.

"It's like being an ambassador for the country," said Jeter. "It is an honor to be the NCOIC for a joint honor guard. Now that I have the opportunity, I'm taking full advantage. This is probably going to be the highlight of my career."

The RAF Molesworth Honor Guard team accepts applications for recruiting every six months. The next application process will begin in November.