Ten members of the Caisson Platoon received the Military Horseman Identification Badge in late September.
The Caisson Platoon, part of “The Old Guard” or 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, helps lay to rest fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery, according to Army Times.
“To transport the casket on horseback is such a long heritage that we’ve had throughout our military,” Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Taffoya told Army Times. “You want the lasting image for the family to be that their family part of something bigger than themselves.”
Soldiers become eligible for the badge after riding in at least 100 full-honors funerals at the cemetery as part of the platoon for more than 9 months, in addition to completing the Basic Horsemanship Course.
“The Caisson Platoon will be 70 in April. It’s been doing the same missions and operations for 70 years,” Taffoya says. “It’s awesome for them to be recognized for their hard work and attention to detail.”