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Retirement Ceremony Script {indoor}

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

INDOOR CEREMONY ACTIVITIES:
RETIREMENT ONLY
COMMAND PARTY FAMILIES ARRIVE (0930)
ESCFamilies escorted to seats
NARRGOOD MORNING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I AM YOUR NARRATOR, MAJOR DOUGLAS BOONE. IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU TO LUKE AIR FORCE BASE. TODAY WE WILL CELEBRATE THE CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF WHOMEVER.
 OPENING REMARKS
 Brief history of WHOMEVERS Career
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMAN, WHEN THE COMMAND PARTY ARRIVES, I WILL ASK EVERYONE TO STAND. DURING THE CEREMONY, MILITARY AND CIVILIAN GUESTS SHOULD STAND FOR THE PLAYING OF RUFFLES AND FLOURISHES, THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, AND THE AIR FORCE SONG. MILITARY PERSONNEL SHOULD NOT SALUTE DURING THE PLAYING OF RUFFLES AND FLOURISHES AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. CIVILIANS SHOULD PLACE THE RIGHT HAND OVER THE HEART DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I WILL ANNOUNCE THE MAIN EVENTS OF THE CEREMONY PRIOR TO THEIR OCCURRENCE.
 COMMAND PARTY ARRIVES
NARR(Wait for Generals to be in place in hallway)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE REVIEWING PARTY.
GENsProceed to standing stage positions
BANDRuffles and Flourishes and the Generals March played.
 NATIONAL ANTHEM
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING AS THE COLORS ARE BROUGHT FORWARD.
CLR GRDMarch to appropriate position and present the colors
BANDPlay National Anthem
CLR GRDPost the colors on the stage. Exit stage and proceed to rear of room. COLORS will not be retired.
 INVOCATION
NARRTHE INVOCATION WILL NOW BE GIVEN BY CHAPLAIN MICHAEL COLLINS.
CHPLProceed to floor level podium. Perform invocation. Return to seat.
 WELCOME
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED. (Pause)

TODAY WE WILL BE PART OF HISTORY AS WE WITNESS AN AWARDS AND A RETIREMENT CEREMONY HONORING WHOMEVER FOR 31 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE. WE ARE PLEASED THAT YOU ARE WITH US TO SHARE THIS IMPORTANT EVENT.
 THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SPECIAL GUESTS HERE TODAY. THEY INCLUDE: TBD

OF COURSE, THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FRIENDS AND DISTINGUISHED GUESTS HERE ALSO. WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU.
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COMMANDER OF THE 56 FIGHTER WING, GENERAL JOHN L. BARRY.
GEN ?Be seated on stage
GEN BGo to podium. Make remarks. Move to standing center stage position (for award presentation to GEN ?)
 PRESENTATION OF DECORATION
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR THE READING OF THE CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL TO WHOMEVER
GEN ?Move to position to left of GEN B
AIDEMove to standing stage position. Take decoration from table and wait until end of citation
NARRTHE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
(FIRST OAK LEAF CLUSTER)

TO

WHOMEVER

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, awards the Distinguished Service Medal to PLACE CITATION HERE


The singularly distinctive accomplishments of WHOMEVER culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
AIDEAt end of reading, move to right of GEN B and hand medal to GEN B
GEN B

GEN ?
Face each other
GEN BPin medal on GEN ?, waits for pictures
Presents citation, waits for pictures, then hands it back to AIDE
GEN B

GEN ?
Exchange salutes and shake hands. Face audience
AIDEReturn to original position
 RETIREMENT CEREMONY
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE READING OF THE RETIREMENT ORDERS
NARRATTENTION TO ORDERS: “DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE, WASHINGTON DC SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER ACG010, DATED 3 MARCH 1998. SUBJECT: RETIREMENT OF WHOMEVER, COMMANDER, AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS CENTER, LUKE AFB, ARIZONA, IS RELIEVED FROM ACTIVE DUTY ASSIGNMENT EFFECTIVE 31 MAY 1998. WHOMEVER IS RETIRED IN THE GRADE OF ????, EFFECTIVE 1 JUNE 1998, BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
AIDEHand certificate to GEN B. Wait to receive it back.
GEN BReceives certificate, shares it with GEN B for photographs, and returns it to aide
GEN BFace audience
NARRTRADITIONALLY, WHEN GENERALS RETIRE, THEIR FLAGS ARE RETIRED AS A SYMBOL OF LONG AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THIS NATION AND ALSO AS A WAY OF EXPRESSING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S GRATITUDE FOR THEIR TENURE IN SERVICE. GENERAL ???’S FLAG WILL NOW BE FURLED AND CASED.
HON GRDEnter from stage left. First member move to position one pace behind and between GEN B and GEN ?. Second member move to position to right front of GEN B.
BANDPlay drum roll as flag is furled.
HON GRDFirst member lower flag to horizontal between GENs. Roll up flag at controlled, quick pace while Second member holds edges. Hold edges of flag during roll-up. Case flag and tie casing. First member raise flag and return to position. Both members return to position off stage
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.
 LETTERS
NARRTHE PRESIDENT HAS SENT A PERSONAL LETTER TO GENERAL WHOMEVER UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT. I WILL NOW READ THAT LETTER.

Dear General WHOMEVER

I am pleased to join with your family and friends in congratulating you on your retirement from the United States Air Force. You have served our country with distinction and honor, and you can be proud of your contributions to our national security and to peace around the world.

Hillary and I are delighted to send best wishes as you celebrate this milestone and your years of military service.

Sincerely, Bill Clinton
AIDEHand letter to GEN B. Wait to receive it back.
GEN BReceives letter, shares it with GEN ? for photograph, return to aide
NARRGENERAL ??? HAS ALSO RECEIVED LETTERS OF APPRECIATION FROM THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, WILLIAM S. COHEN, THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE, F. WHITTEN PETERS, THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE AIR FORCE, GENERAL MICHAEL E. RYAN, THE GOVERNORS OF OHIO, OKLAHOMA, AND TEXAS, AND A PROCLAMATION FROM US SENATOR MICHAEL DEWINE.
 MRS. ???
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION AND FLOWERS
NARRAND NOW WE INVITE MRS. ??? TO THE STAGE FOR A VERY SPECIAL RECOGNITION OF HER PERSONAL CONTRIBUTIONS.
ESCEscort MRS. ? to position between GEN B and GEN ?. Remain nearby.
NARRGENERAL BARRY WILL PRESENT MRS. ??? WITH THE AIR FORCE CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION.
 NARR THE CITATION READS:

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
FROM THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

In grateful appreciation,
The United States Air Force presents
this certificate of recognition to:

CHARLENE ???

for the commitment and numerous contributions
that made positive impacts to the Nation’s defense.
Thank You for the support which gave strength and
purpose to your spouse’s service

GIVEN THIS FIRST DAY OF JUNE
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT
AIDETake certificate. Hand to GEN B.
GEN BReceive certificate, share with MRS ? for photographs and returns to AIDE
AIDETake the certificate, hand bouquet of flowers to GEN B
NARRTHIS BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IS PRESENTED TO MRS. ??? ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILIES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS CENTER WITH HEARTFELT APPRECIATION FOR EVERYTHING SHE HAS DONE FOR THIS COMMAND.
GEN BTake flowers and present to MRS ?.
MRS ?Keep flowers.
ESCEscort MRS ? to her seat
GEN B

GEN ?
Return to Seats.
AIDEReturn to position off stage.
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE LUKE AIR FORCE BASE DRILL TEAM WILL NOW PERFORM IN HONOR OF GENERAL ???’S RETIREMENT.
DRL TMPerform 5 minute demonstration and return to initial position
 REMARKS
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GENERAL ???.
GEN ?Go to podium. Make remarks. Return to chair.
 DISMISSAL
NARRWE OF THE AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS CENTER ARE PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH GENERAL ??? AND WE WISH HIM AND MRS ??? CONTINUED SUCCESS AND GODSPEED.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR THE PLAYING OF THE AIR FORCE SONG AND REMAIN STANDING WHILE THE REVIEWING PARTY DEPARTS. GUESTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE RECEPTION, HERE AT THE LUKE AIR FORCE BASE OFFICERS' CLUB.
GENsStand by seats
BANDPlay Air Force Song
GEN BDepart platform during the Air Force Song, join spouse, and depart for the reception in the Officers' club.
GEN ?Depart platform during the Air Force Song for a 10 minute media opportunity (OPR: _____________) followed by a reception in the Officers' club.
NARRLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S CEREMONY. THANK YOU FOR COMING AND HAVE A GOOD DAY.



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