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Civilian Retirement Ceremony

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

RETIREMENT CEREMONY
FOR
MR. ROBERT LACH
1 May 1999     1300     Luke Auditorium

Uniform: Service Dress         Narrator: Lt Col Jim Edge         Aide: TSgt Sam Claridy
ORDER OF EVENTS

15 mins prior:        Mr. Lach and sister (Sandy) are escorted to CC Office for courtesy visit

5 mins prior:         Mr. Lach’s sister is escorted to the Luke Auditorium (by Major Blake)

5 mins prior:         Audience and photographer are in place

When ready:         General Barry and Mr. Lach proceed to the Luke Auditorium
NARRATOR

“GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND DISTINGUISHED GUESTS WELCOME TO THE 56th FIGHTER WING AND THE RETIREMENT CEREMONY FOR MR. ROBERT A. LACH. OFFICIATING TODAY’S CEREMONY IS GENERAL JOHN L. BARRY, COMMANDER, AIR FORCE MATERIEL COMMAND. BEFORE WE BEGIN, PLEASE JOIN ME IN EXTENDING A WARM WELCOME TO MR. LACH’S SISTER, SANDY ROSE, FROM SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.

TODAY, THE AIR FORCE HONORS MR. LACH ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE AFTER MORE THAN 36 YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED FEDERAL SERVICE.

When General Barry and Mr. Lach are ready...

NARRATOR

" LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND FOR THE ENTRANCE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE PLAYING OF RUFFLES AND FLOURISHES, THE PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS, THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, AND THE POSTING OF THE COLORS."

NARRATOR

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COMMANDER."

Ruffles and Flourishes, General’s March

General Barry and Mr. Lach enter the Luke Auditorium from the rear




Honor Guard proceeds down center aisle. As they reach the stage, they will stop, centered in front of General Barry and Mr. Lach for the national anthem.

NARRATOR:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.

National anthem is played.

Honor guard members separate to the left and right, proceed behind the official party, place the flags in holders, and exit from both sides of stage area. Honor guard members reform and exit the Luke Auditorium down the center aisle.

NARRATOR

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED FOR REMARKS BY GENERAL BARRY."

General Barry makes his comments, then indicates for the narrator to read the decoration citation.

NARRATOR

"Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand."

General Barry and Mr. Lach face the audience during the reading of the citation.

NARRATOR

"ATTENTION TO ORDERS. THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE PRESENTS THE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN CAREER SERVICE AWARD TO MR. ROBERT A. LACH IN RECOGNITION OF HIS SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS AND OUTSTANDING FEDERAL CAREER SERVICE WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. MR. LACH’S EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT ABILITIES HAVE CONTRIBUTED IMMEASURABLY TO THE SUCCESSFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE AIR FORCE MISSION. HIS EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE AS the DIRECTOR OF THE centralized request for proposal SUPPORT TEAM CULMINATES A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.”

General Barry and Mr. Lach execute a left and right face respectively (face each other).

Aide offers medal to General Barry.

General Barry "clips" the medal on Mr. Lach and shakes his hand. (photo)

Aide offers the decoration certificate to General Barry.

General Barry presents the decoration certificate to Mr. Lach (photo) -- General

Barry returns the certificate to the aide.

NARRATOR

"WE WILL NOW CONTINUE WITH THE RETIREMENT PORTION OF TODAY’S CEREMONY.”

General Barry and Mr. Lach turn and face the audience.

NARRATOR

“DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE.

THIS IS TO RECOGNIZE MR. ROBERT A. LACH FOR 36 YEARS OF FAITHFUL AND DEVOTED FEDERAL CIVILIAN SERVICE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM EMPLOYMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.
SIGNED BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN L. BARRY, COMMANDER, 56 FIGHTER WING.”

Aide hands the retirement certificate to General Barry.


General Barry and Mr. Lach simultaneously hold the certificate (photo).

General Barry returns the certificate to the aide.

NARRATOR

“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.

(When all are seated)

MR. LACH IS ALSO BEING RECOGNIZED TODAY WITH THE FOLLOWING LETTER OF APPRECIATION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

(Text of letter as follows)

‘DEAR ROBERT: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE.

AMERICA’S TRADITION OF HARD WORK HAS MADE OUR COUNTRY STRONG, AND YOU CAN BE PROUD OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THAT LEGACY. YOUR DEDICATION TO THE PUBLIC IS AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS. ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BENEFITTED FROM YOUR SERVICE, I THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

HILLARY AND I WISH YOU GOOD HEALTH AND EVERY FUTURE SUCCESS.

SINCERELY, BILL CLINTON.’

Aide hands the Presidential letter to General Barry.

General Barry and Mr. Lach simultaneously hold the letter (photo).

General Barry returns letter to the aide.

NARRATOR:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. LACH.”

Mr. Lach makes his remarks

Applause

General Barry returns to the stage.


NARRATOR

"LADIES AND GENTLEMENT, AT THIS TIME WE TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN PRESENTING MR. LACH WITH A MODEL OF THE WRIGHT FLYER ON BEHALF OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE HEADQUARTERS.

Aide hands Wright Flyer to General Barry who then presents to Mr. Lach. General Barry makes comments; if desired. (photo)

After photo, Mr. Lach returns flyer to aide.

NARRATOR

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLAYING OF OUR AIR FORCE SONG.

Air Force Song is played

NARRATOR

"THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S CEREMONY. AFTER PHOTOGRAPHS ARE TAKEN, PLEASE COME UP AND CONGRATULATE MR. LACH AND JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION IN THE REAR FOYER. THANK YOU."

General Barry, Mr. Lach, and sister will pose for pictures followed by line of fellowship



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