Tomb Guard Follows in Father’s Footsteps

Tomb Guard Follows in Father’s Footsteps

Bryan Campagna and his son, Staff Sgt. Isaiah Jasso-Campagna
Photo by: U.S. Army/Elizabeth Fraser

For Bryan Campagna and his son, Staff Sgt. Isaiah Jasso-Campagna, dedication to the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) runs two generations deep.

“In the responsibility bestowed on me, never will I falter,” Jasso-Campagna said as he recited the Sentinel’s Creed after being pinned with his Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge by his father. “And with dignity and perseverance, my standard will remain perfection.”

Campagna, who served as a Tomb Guard from 2002 to 2004, pinned the badge on his son on Jan. 11, making them the second father-son badge earners in the regiment’s history, according to an Army news release.

Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment’s Honor Guard keep constant watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb honors U.S. service members throughout history whose remains have not been found or identified.

Just before Jasso-Campagna received his badge, Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Jay, who oversaw the ceremony, told him, “You have met the standard, and you are now charged with helping the next soldiers grow into sentinels.”

The ceremony was a “special moment” for Campagna, who supported his son through the rigorous phases of testing soldiers undergo to earn the badge and the right to be called sentinels. “It was a special moment to see my son’s achievement and a privilege for our family,” he said. “I just gave him encouragement and direction and support.”

Some of Jasso-Campagna’s family members who attended the ceremony were brought to tears as Campagna pinned the badge on his son. “It was a very emotional experience,” Jasso-Campagna said after the ceremony. “I came down to Arlington National Cemetery 20 years ago to watch my father do the same job, … so to be here receiving the badge and doing the same thing he did was truly something else.”