CAISSON

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Fort Sam Houston Caisson Platoon proudly honors fallen members of the military with funeral honors at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

HISTORY

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Fort Sam Houston Caisson Platoon was formed in honor of Army Col. Karen Wagner's death at the Pentagon.

Col. Wagner was previously stationed at Fort Sam Houston and held a close relationship with the San Antonio area. As a result, the Fort Sill Field Artillery Half Section traveled to Fort Sam Houston to conduct her funeral honors here.

The Fort Sam Houston community then realized the need for a dedicated caisson platoon in the area and ARNORTH answered the call.

ADOPTION OPPORTUNITIES

Horses in the platoon occasionally reach retirement or are recommended to discontinue missions for various medical reasons. These horses are made available for adoption to a forever home capable of providing the necessary care for the remainder of the lives. Public announcements for horses available for adoption are listed on the ARNORTH website and social media platforms.

REQUESTS

Funeral honors:

Families must contact Veteran Affairs to coordinate funeral honors requests.

Community Events

The Fort Sam Houston Caisson Platoon also supports the San Antonio community through various events such as parades and mounted Color Guards to highlight the United States Army and its various missions throughout the world.

Requests for the Fort Sam Houston Caisson Platoon’s support for community events must be submitted no later than 90 days prior to event. Requesters must fill out and submit a DD Form 2536 to be processed for approval. Please download the form to fill out and email to usarmy.jbsa.arnorth.list.community-relations@mail.mil