A U.S. Air Force Honor Guard firing party charges their weapons during a practice session Jan. 7, 2010, at the Honor Guard compound at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. The firing party performs the firing of three rifle volleys at military funerals. These teams, usually consisting of an odd number of three to seven members, fire three blank rounds in perfect unison to honor fallen service members. Currently, there are 60 Honor Guard members whose primary qualification is firing party, and teams perform at anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 funerals a year.
U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Susan Moreno
November 6, 2012
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