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Other Ceremonies

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

Other Ceremonies.

There are other ceremonies that may be used instead of, or in conjunction with, the opening ceremony. A sword ceremony has been successfully used by some commands. In this ceremony, a sheathed sword is brought to the President. The President then removes the sword from its scabbard and places it on the table. This symbolizes that the dining-in is a time when warriors are to lay aside their arms and enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of their companions.

While this ceremony also requires drama and class, too many ceremonies, or ceremonies poorly done, will detract from the success of the evening. It is best to keep them simple, well-rehearsed, and no more than one or two, to keep the evening's events on schedule.