The Colors Team displays and guards the U.S. flag and U.S. Air Force flag. State and other national flags may also be carried. Our Colors Teams presents the colors during the playing of the National Anthem for both Air Force and civilian community events.
These teams generally consist of four individuals. The two rifle guards at the ends of the formation serve as protectors of the colors, which are carried by the two individuals in the middle. The individual on the right carries the Nation's flag and the other carries the Air Force flag. This tradition dates back to the origins of warfare.
Typical military functions include change of commands, retirements, awards ceremonies
, and graduations
. Civil functions include parades, sporting events
, and other public events
. Colors may be presented or posted in place.