Andrew Selga, a 2014 graduate of Tehachapi High School, is currently serving as a Tomb Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Selga was recently filmed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, both in video and pictures at the cemetery's website at arlingtoncemetery.mil.
Known for its impeccable precision, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns is one of Arlington National Cemetery’s most popular attractions.
The elite tomb guard unit is responsible for safe-guarding the tomb 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The platoon is made up of 31 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment. Also known as the “Old Guard,” the regiment primarily serves as the official U.S. Honor Guard, performing ceremonial duties for the White House, Pentagon, Arlington and other national memorials in the Washington, D.C., area.
After serving in the 3rd Infantry Regiment for six months, soldiers are allowed to apply for specialty platoons such as the tomb guard unit. All that’s required is some “old-fashioned discipline.” Many try out but few are chosen for the job.
Selga is currently working towards earning the Tomb Sentinel Badge, one of the least awarded badges in the military. He is the son of Frank and Joan Selga of Tehachapi.