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USAF Honor Guard Drill Team builds new routine, bonds

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nathan Leslie, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nathan Leslie, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, and Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participate in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, and Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participate in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team members meet with Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen following the debut performance of their 2019 routine on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team members meet with Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen following the debut performance of their 2019 routine on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, meets with Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, following the debut performance of their 2019 routine for Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, meets with Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, following the debut performance of their 2019 routine for Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bryan Satterlee, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bryan Satterlee, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Colby Marshall, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participates in the debut performance of the team's 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard members practice their new routine inside the Roberts Consolidaated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Jan. 30, 2019. The Air Force Honor Guard spends five weeks at Keesler perfecting their routine they are going to use for the rest of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)
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U.S. Air Force Honor Guard members practice their new routine inside the Roberts Consolidaated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Jan. 30, 2019. The Air Force Honor Guard spends five weeks at Keesler perfecting their routine they are going to use for the rest of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bryan Satterlee, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, and Senior Airman Darren Lawrence, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participate in the debut of their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bryan Satterlee, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, and Senior Airman Darren Lawrence, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, participate in the debut of their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, gives a command during drill team practice inside the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Jan. 30, 2019. The Air Force Honor Guard spends five weeks at Keesler perfecting their routine they are going to use for the rest of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team superintendent, gives a command during drill team practice inside the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Jan. 30, 2019. The Air Force Honor Guard spends five weeks at Keesler perfecting their routine they are going to use for the rest of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Koerber, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, practices their new routine inside the Roberts Consolidaated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Jan. 30, 2019. The Air Force Honor Guard spends five weeks at Keesler perfecting their routine they are going to use for the rest of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Koerber, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, practices their new routine inside the Roberts Consolidaated Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Jan. 30, 2019. The Air Force Honor Guard spends five weeks at Keesler perfecting their routine they are going to use for the rest of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzie Plotnikov)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jantzen Floate)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jantzen Floate)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jantzen Floate)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jantzen Floate)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jantzen Floate)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team debuts their 2019 routine in front of Keesler leadership and 81st Training Group Airmen on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 8, 2019. They are the nation's most elite honor guard, serving the President of the United States, the Air Force's most senior leaders and performing nationwide for the American public. The team comes to Keesler every year for five weeks to develop a new routine that they will use throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jantzen Floate)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

“It’s hard,” said Senior Airman Darren Lawrence. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into it.”

 

Originally stationed in Washington D.C., the U.S Air Force Honor Guard drill team travels to Keesler Air Force Base for five weeks at the beginning of every year to develop and perfect their new routine. They practice formations, steps and sequences to prepare for the unveiling of the routine they will perform throughout the year all over the world.

 

As the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard drill team lead trainer, Lawrence is responsible for creating the routine from scratch. He teaches the rest of the team new sequences, how to perform them and where to step.

 

With such little time to perfect a routine, the members need to be focused day in and day out.

 

“When we’re back at the squadron, people who are not on our team may distract us but when we’re here it’s just us,” said Lawrence. “It’s the drill team all working toward one common goal, which is perfecting the sequence that we’re going to be doing for this year.”

 

Before the drill team even comes to Keesler, Lawrence already has a drill routine in mind and mapped out on a piece of paper. Even though he is prepared for it on paper, not everything goes according to plan.

 

“They have a decent idea of what they want before they arrive, but then once we start putting all the pieces together and performing the routine, some things don’t work out,” said Master Sgt. Jason Prophet, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard drill team superintendent.

 

The first thing Lawrence did was come up with formations.

 

“In this drill we have about nine different formations,” said Lawrence. “Once we have the formations, we put them in an order that makes sense to where you can get in the correct positions. After we figure out all the steps, we introduce some sequences, how we throw the weapon, and finally we put the whole thing together.”

 

According to Lawrence, the five week drill camp is the best team-building event throughout the year. One that is necessary for the team’s success.

 

“This gives us an opportunity to bond as a team because we really have to trust our teammates to spin a rifle in close proximity,” said Prophet.

 

The team uses an M-1 rifle when practicing and performing their routine for the year which could cause injury if they’re not careful.

 

“In the drill team you face injuries,” said Prophet. “I mean you’re spinning weapons and some of them sustain wrist injuries and shoulder injuries. We try our best to prevent those by resting, stretching, and simply by taking care of their bodies but minor injuries are inevitable in this duty. The only part worse than the injuries is seeing your Airmen that want to perform but can’t because of their injury. They really enjoy working beside their peers.”

 

Prophet adds that after five long, hard-working weeks, it is rewarding to perform the drill they came up with.

 

“My favorite part of camp is the camaraderie we build,” said Lawrence. “It’s just seeing people grow individually as drillers and seeing our team as a whole become more tight-knit.”