The Color Guard is a group of four cadets that present the United States and Air Force flags at games and ceremonies. Presenting the Colors is a military tradition dating back to the beginning of our country. When performing a Color Guard, these four cadets form a line. The cadets on the end carry rifles, while the middle-right cadet carries the US flag and the middle-right carries the Air Force flag. Before the event, they present their flags and rifles. After the event, the Color Guard ensures the proper retiring of the Colors.
At KU, Color Guards are used for both athletic events and special events. For example, there are numerous opportunities every year to perform Color Guards for men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball, and softball games. Additionally, after the Color Guard is finished, cadets are usually provided with free tickets! Color Guards are also used for a variety of official events. These may be a Detachment ceremony, in a Veteran’s Day Parade, an address by the University Chancellor, or an Air Force dinner. The opportunities the Color Guard presents are a valuable and rewarding addition to any cadet’s time in AFROTC.
Drill and Ceremonies Officer, Detachment 280
University of Kansas
Every member of the Color Guard must be a cadet in good standing with AFROTC. They must also have their Service Dress uniform to perform the Color Guard. Finally, they need to know the procedures of the Color Guard, which will be taught to them by the Drill and Ceremonies Officer.