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Senior Master Sgt Todd Kirkwood, 167th Airlift Wing avionics supervisor and base honor guard member, recently stepped up to play Taps at a funeral when the electronic device in the Ceremonial Bugle being used by the civilian color guard team failed to sound. Kirkwood and one other member of the unit's honor guard were tasked to fold the flag and present it to the family, but when the bugle failed Kirkwood was able to remove the electronic device from the instrument and sound Taps, which he only recently learned to play. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Emily Bieghtol-Deyerle)


167th Wing Airman steps up to honor veteran after bugle falls silent

Senior Master Sgt Todd Kirkwood, 167th Airlift Wing avionics supervisor and base honor guard member, recently stepped up to play Taps at a funeral when the electronic device in the Ceremonial Bugle being used by the civilian color guard team failed to sound. Kirkwood and one other member of the unit's honor guard were tasked to fold the flag and present it to the family, but when the bugle failed Kirkwood was able to remove the electronic device from the instrument and sound Taps, which he only recently learned to play. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Emily Bieghtol-Deyerle)

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