Re: Base promotion ceremonies
Wing ceremonies came about because many squadrons were not doing anything. Intent (as usual) was good. Should be simple...National Anthem, read names, grip and grin, exit stage. 30-45 mins tops. Cost zero. Hopefully 50 or more folks stick around to have a beverage at the club.
But....soon it grows and grows and grows....
I helped put together one at Base X. New Wg/CC had a ceremony at the Gp he CC'd before and wanted same thing. Really simple. Once the underling CCs had their tweaks it looked nothing like what he wanted. Rather than interject strongly...I told the TSgt to just sit back and let the Os make their changes. We went in and briefed the Wg/CC on the plan and he redlined every O idea...right in front of them! Classic moment!!!!
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