Commissioned officers from Tennessee State Parks have formed an Honor Guard to provide formal flag ceremonies for uniformed officers and to represent the department. These flag presentation services are ready to honor commissioned employees and their families after their deaths but are also available to perform at sporting events and other special events. Members of the Tennessee State Parks Honor Guard meet monthly to drill, march, present the colors and practice appropriate protocol used when honoring a fallen uniformed officer, their immediate family member, or other department employee.
The Honor Guard first presented the colors at the opening of the 2006 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association annual conference at Paris Landing State Park. They have since presented at several Tennessee Titans games, Nashville Predators games, Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols basketball games, as well as at State Parks Nights at minor league baseball games in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Jackson. Many attendees at these events made a point to thank the Guard members and compliment their performance with some noting it was the best such presentation they had ever seen.
This special ranger corps has dedicated themselves to providing a full range of flag presentations. Having this capacity helps rangers serve one another and the department as needed. The group is made up of park rangers, park managers, and a director from different sites across the state, but when they meet to practice or perform, they are proud to be recognized together as the Tennessee State Parks Honor Guard.
A request for the services of the Tennessee State Parks Honor Guard can be made directly to the Deputy Commissioner for Conservation. If a request is granted by the Deputy Commissioner, the Honor Guard will attempt to fulfill that request to the best of their abilities.
HONOR GUARD MEMBERS
Lauren Baghetti – Fort Loudoun State Park, Ranger
Tim Caldwell – Paris Landing State Park, Ranger
Mike Dobis – Area 1 Manager
Ryan Forbess – Area 2 Manager
Jason Miller – Rock Island State Park, Ranger
Mike Robertson – Central Office, Director
Robby Tidwell – Fort Pillow State Park, Manager
Keith Wimberley – Old Stone Fort State Park, Manager
Jacob Young – Fall Creek Falls State Park, Manager
Chad Whitlock – Mousetail Landing State Park, Ranger