Hometown Hero - Sergeant Kevin Elser

Published 04/14 2014 11:48AM

Updated 04/14 2014 12:06PM

We salute 24 year old Army Sergeant Kevin Elser, a young soldier that was nominated by Retired Army Command Sergeant Major Fritz Bultemeyer.

When an active duty member of the military is killed in action or a veteran dies, they are there.  When our country's colors are presented at a ball game, special event, or during holidays, they are there.

Each branch of military has units around the country known as honor guards or honor teams and we are honoring a young Army National Guard Sgt. who lives and works in our community.

Who on a weekly basis trains, drills, and performs with his team time and time again to pay tribute to his fallen fellow soldiers and to our nation.

Sgt. Elser enlisted in April of 2008 at the age of 18, started his military career as a medic/emt.

Earlier this year, when the Sgt. in charge of the honors team in Kevin's unit retired, his superiors decided that Elser was the man for the job.  That's because it takes a very dedicated soldier to prepare, train, and perform the duties involved with the Army's Military Honor Team.

It's a demanding job.  Soldiers must train for hours to ensure that their movements are flawless, their uniforms sharp, and their attention to detail superb and that's because at a moments notice, the team may be called to perform their duties at a funeral, present the colors at a ceremony or event, or participate in a holiday celebration.

Sgt. Elser understands that when he and his team show up, they are there to help pay the final respects to a soldier who has served his or her country and that they must show the utmost respect by performing perfectly because at the end of the day, he's not only representing himself, his unit, and the entire Army, but a grateful nation for the sacrifices made by all members of the Armed Forces and their families.

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