Drew Bogle
Drew Bogle

VAN WERT – In eighth grade, Drew Bogle was honored with the opportunity to place the wreath at Arlington Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a Crestview class trip to Washington, D.C. Little did he know, he’d grow up to one day become an Honor Guard – a military honor that allows soldiers to guard the tomb.

“I was one of four that was selected to do that,” said Bogle. “As an eighth grader, it was beyond anything that I could have comprehended. It was very humbling, especially being my first time being in the cemetery and seeing all of the graves. There was a moment where I thought to myself, ‘I’d love to come back here and work at the cemetery when I get older.’”

Bogle knew at a young age that he wanted to join the military. He had family members who helped inspire him to do so.

“My great uncle was in the Air Force for 16-some years, and he inspired me to go,” said Bogle. “My great-grandfather was also in the army. I’ve wanted to serve my entire life. It felt like my duty to do it; it’s my responsibility.”

The 2015 Crestview graduate joined the United States Air Force and not long after, he was on his way to becoming an Honor Guard.

“You have to be able to pass the interview process and physical evaluation,” said Bogle. “They sit you down with two other guardsmen and they’ll interview you to get a feel for what kind of person you are, what are your moral standards, what kind of worker you are and why you joined the military.”

Bogle said the standards for Honor Guard are set very high. During Bogle’s Honor Guard selection, around 150 people were interviewed, and only 15 were selected for the training process.

For training, Bogle went through basic training for eight weeks. He then was sent to Washington, D.C. for another eight-week training class which included physical training and eight-hour drill ceremonies to perfect movements. Bogle also had to learn uniform maintenance and prep. At the end of each week, Bogle had to pass a test to continue to the next week.

“It was awe-inspiring,” said Bogle. “It didn’t hit me until I got to the training that I was going to be doing what I thought as an eighth grader that I wanted to do.”

Bogle received his orders for the Honor Guard position on Sept. 11, 2015.

Since then, Bogle has been a part of Air Force funerals and presidential support events. Bogle attended the 2016 Presidential Inauguration as an Honor Guard.

Bogle is now nearing the end of his three-year duty and will soon move to his next duty.

“My next career field will be special missions aviation,” said Bogle. “It’s an all-encompassing job.”

Last week Crestview eighth graders were in Washington, D.C. where Bogle’s sister was able to enjoy the same honor he did at her age. Kaygen Bogle laid the wreath for her class at Arlington where Drew was able to watch her do so.

“It was very humbling to see that I was able to pass the torch down to my younger sister,” said Bogle.

Bogle is the son of Doug and Paula Bogle. He has three siblings: Copsey, Rosie, and Kaygen Bogle. His grandparents are Bill and Theresa Singer, Phil Walter (deceased), Steve and Marilyn (deceased) Routt, and Douglas G Bogle, and his great-grandparents include Paul and Jan Speelman, Shirley and Buddy (deceased) Green.