News>Service recruiters carry nation's colors for the 47th Super Bowl
Members of Joint Armed Forces Color Guard practice presenting the nation’s colors at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chase, La., Jan. 15, 2013. The color guard will perform at the start of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Feb. 3, 2013. Master Sgt. Antonio Frese will hold the Air Force flag during the opening ceremony. Frese is a recruiter with the 331st Recruiting Squadron. (U.S. Army photo/Jennifer Villaume)
by Jennifer Villaume
Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion
1/30/2013 - NEW ORLEANS, La. (AFNS) -- An Air Force recruiter is part of a Joint Armed Forces Color Guard that will present the nation's colors to kick off the Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes Benz Superdome here Feb. 3.
The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard is composed of 10 recruiters from each branch who serve in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Master Sgt. Antonio Frese, who is assigned to the 331st Recruiting Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base, will carry the Air Force flag.
"This is a unique experience because this will be the first time I will have the opportunity to work alongside every branch of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard," Frese said. "Usually joint operations involve two to three service components, so this is a rare opportunity to be exposed to all branches."
Frese along with the other members of the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard met for practice two days a week in preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"I will be able to point to a large-framed picture on my wall of me holding the Air Force flag at the 50-yard line and say proudly, 'The United States Air Force trusted in me enough to represent the service in front of 100 million people worldwide.' It doesn't get any better than that," Frese said.
2/5/2013 10:22:31 AM ET Its last in precedence because it was the last service created. Army was created Jun 1775 Marines in Nov 1775 Navy reinstated Sep 1781 Coast Guard Aug 1790 but only has precedence in time of war while assigned to DoD and the Air Force created in Sep 1947.
SNCO Ret, Scott
2/1/2013 2:17:25 AM ET The precendence is wrong according to AFI 34-1201 Protocol but it's only a practice. I wish I was doing this event that's awesome
1/31/2013 1:44:01 PM ET Great honor my only question is why the Air Force flag is last in the order of precedence
Alamorios, Austin TX
1/31/2013 10:38:22 AM ET Way to go MSgt Frese Way to represent the Air Force and our unit in front of the world. Great job