Surgeon General’s Honor Guard

On October 1999, by order of Admiral David Satcher, Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General, the Surgeon General’s Honor Guard was created. The Honor Guard is composed of officers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to, and pride in, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.  Members of the Honor Guard are noted for their knowledge of protocol, ceremonies, close order drill, knowledge and practice of uniformed service courtesy and daily wearing of the uniform with pride and distinction.  The USPHS Honor Guard represents the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) throughout the Nation.  The Surgeon General’s Honor Guard is part of the USPHS Honor Guard and is a select unit of officers that perform functions directly for the OSG in the National Capitol Region. The mission of the USPHS Honor Guard is to represent the Commissioned Corps and the OSG in formal and other informal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and appropriate non-HHS sponsored events.  In so doing, the Honor Guard provides a valuable service to HHS, enhances visibility of the Commissioned Corps among HHS and non-HHS programs and organizations, and engenders esprit-de-corps.

Membership in the Corps will be attained by those officers who demonstrate the professionalism, pride, selflessness, and positive attitude that should typify a commissioned officer.

The requirements for consideration as a probationary member of the Surgeon General’s Honor Guard are as follows:

  • Must meet the PHS induction height and weight standards.
  • Must have supervisor's permission and support to participate in Honor Guard activities.
  • Must possess, at a minimum, a Ceremonial Service Dress Blue uniform.
  • Must be willing and able to attend regularly scheduled practices in drill and ceremony.
  • Must be willing and available for formal presentations and ceremonies.
  • Must be willing to wear the PHS uniform on a daily basis with pride and distinction.
  • Must be willing to place the needs of the Corps above personal convenience.

For all inquiries and requests please send an emailto the SGHG leadership at

Join us as we elevate the esprit-de-corps of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service.

To request the Surgeon General’s Honor Guard in the Greater Washington, DC Area, please click here.