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Dual Promotion Ceremony Script

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

PROMOTION CEREMONY SCRIPT
FOR
SECOND LIEUTENANT __________________
AND
SECOND LIEUTENANT ____________________
28 May 98

Order of Events:
1550Courtesy call with Brig Gen Barry
1555All guests are seated or standing in the EVENTS ROOM
1600Narrator begins making brief welcoming comments when Brig Gen Barry is ready to enter room
NARRATOR

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE. WE’RE PLEASED ALL OF YOU COULD JOIN US AS WE RECOGNIZE TWO OF OUR OWN, SECOND LIEUTENANT PENELOPE HILL AND SECOND LIEUTENANT STEPHEN SNOW, ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR PROMOTION TO FIRST LIEUTENANT. BEFORE WE BEGIN, WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME PENNY’S HUSBAND, SECOND LIEUTENANT BRANDON HILL. BRIGADIER GENERAL BARRY, COMMANDER, 56th FIGHTER WING, WILL OFFICIATE TODAY’S CEREMONY. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GENERAL BARRY.

(As Ruffles and Flourishes and General’s March are played, Brig Gen Barry, Lt Hill, and Lt Snow enter the room and proceed directly to the area in front of the Flags; stand facing the Flags with Lt Hill and Lt Snow standing to Brig Gen Barry’s right for the playing of the National Anthem.)

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.

(At the conclusion of the National Anthem, Brig Gen Barry, Lt Hill, and Lt Snow turn and face the audience; Lt Hill and Lt Snow take their seat.)

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GENERAL BARRY.

( Brig Gen Barry makes comments as desired; indicates to narrator when ready to continue.)

LT HILL, WOULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD?

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND. ATTENTION TO ORDERS: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ACTING UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE, HAS PLACED SPECIAL TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN THE PATRIOTISM, INTEGRITY, AND ABILITIES OF SECOND LIEUTENANT PENELOPE HILL. IN VIEW OF THESE SPECIAL QUALITIES, AND HER DEMONSTRATED POTENTIAL TO SERVE IN THE HIGHER GRADE, SECOND LIEUTENANT HILL IS PROMOTED TO THE GRADE OF FIRST LIEUTENANT, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, EFFECTIVE THE 29TH DAY OF MAY, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-NINE, BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE.

LIEUTENANT BRANDON HILL, WOULD YOU PLEASE ASSIST GENERAL BARRY IN PINNING ON YOUR WIFE’S NEW RANK?

(Lt Brandon Hill takes up a position to Lt Penny Hill’s left; assistant hands rank to Brig Gen Barry and Lt Brandon Hill. Pinning -- Photo)

(Narrator will lead audience in applause. Lt Brandon Hill returns to his seat.)

GENERAL BARRY WILL NOW READMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE.

(Assistant will hand oath card to Brig Gen Barry (if needed). He and Lt Hill face each other--Lt Hill raises her right hand--Photo)

( Brig Gen Barry administers oath. Salutes are exchanged -- Photo)

I, (STATE YOUR FULL NAME)/// HAVING BEEN APPOINTED A FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE /// DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR /// THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES /// AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC /// THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME /// THAT I TAKE THIS OBLIGATION FREELY /// WITHOUT ANY MENTAL RESERVATION OR PURPOSE OF EVASION /// AND THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE WHICH I AM ABOUT TO ENTER /// SO HELP ME GOD.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FIRST LIEUTENANT PENNY HILL.

(1Lt Hill makes remarks as desired. At the conclusion of her remarks, Lt Hill takes her seat.)

LT SNOW, WOULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD?

ATTENTION TO ORDERS: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ACTING UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE, HAS PLACED SPECIAL TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN THE PATRIOTISM, INTEGRITY, AND ABILITIES OF SECOND LIEUTENANT STEPHEN SNOW. IN VIEW OF THESE SPECIAL QUALITIES, AND HIS DEMONSTRATED POTENTIAL TO SERVE IN THE HIGHER GRADE, SECOND LIEUTENANT SNOW IS PROMOTED TO THE GRADE OF FIRST LIEUTENANT, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, EFFECTIVE THE 29th DAY OF MAY, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-NINE, BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE.

MAJOR CHERYL LEE, WOULD YOU PLEASE ASSIST GENERAL BARRY IN PINNING ON LIEUTENANT SNOW’S NEW RANK?

(Major Lee takes up a position to Lt Snow’s left; assistant hands rank to Brig Gen Barry and Major Lee. Pinning -- Photo)

(Narrator will lead audience in applause. Major Lee returns to her seat.)

GENERAL BARRY WILL NOW RE-ADMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE.

( Brig Gen Barry and Lt Snow face each other--Lt Snow raises his right hand--Photo)

( Brig Gen Barry administers oath. Salutes are exchanged -- Photo)

I, (STATE YOUR FULL NAME)/// HAVING BEEN APPOINTED A FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE /// DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR /// THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES /// AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC /// THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME /// THAT I TAKE THIS OBLIGATION FREELY /// WITHOUT ANY MENTAL RESERVATION OR PURPOSE OF EVASION /// AND THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE WHICH I AM ABOUT TO ENTER /// SO HELP ME GOD.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FIRST LIEUTENANT STEPHEN SNOW.

(1Lt Snow makes remarks as desired.)

LT HILL, WOULD YOU PLEASE JOIN GENERAL BARRY AND LIEUTENANT SNOW UP FRONT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLAYING OF OUR AIR FORCE SONG.

(Air Force Song is played. At the conclusion, the narrator continues.)

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE JOIN US IN A LINE OF FELLOWSHIP TO CONGRATULATE PENNY AND HER HUSBAND AND STEPHEN. YOU MAY APPROACH THE LINE FROM YOUR RIGHT AND THEN JOIN US FOR SOME REFRESHMENTS.







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