Ceremonies • Lesson Objective – Know the purpose and definition of ceremonies and parades. • Samples of Behavior – Define ceremony and parade. – State the purpose of ceremonies and parades. – Identify the different types of ceremonies and parades. – Define reveille and retreat. – State when it is appropriate to raise and lower the flag. Ceremonies OVERVIEW • Purpose and Precedence • Parade Ceremony • Raising and Lowering the Flag • Change of Command • Colors Ceremonies • Purpose and Precedence. • Purpose and Definition of Ceremonies. • Order of Precedence. Ceremonies • Parade Ceremony – A parade is a review with honors. – Suggested Checklist for Commander of Troops. Preparation for Parade Ceremonies • Formations • Adjutant’s Call – The adjutant takes a position on the final line six paces to the right of the first unit, faces down line, and begins the ceremony by commanding the band to sound Adjutant’s Call. • March On Formation of Troops for Parade. Ceremonies • Guidon Bearer • Guides Post • Sound Off or Trooping the Lines Ceremonies • Guidon Bearer – Guidon Bearers Execute right face while the squadron is dressed. • Guides Post – After all elements come on line, the band stops playing, the adjutant marches at adjutant’s cadence to a point between the commander and the front line of commanders. • Sound Off or Trooping the Lines – After giving the troops parade rest, the adjutant commands SOUND OFF. Ceremonies • Officers Center • Officers Post Ceremonies • Presentation of Troops – A distinctive feature of the parade ceremony or review is the formal presentation of the troops to the commander of troops. • Honors – Special military honors are reserved for military and national dignitaries who participate in ceremonies. Ceremonies • Inspection by a Reviewing Officer – Upon announcement by the commander of troops that the command is ready for inspection, the reviewing officer, accompanied by designated members, moves forward and halts six paces in front of the commander of troops. – Reviewing officer may direct the staff and flag to either, remain at the post or accompany the reviewing officer. – Inspection in motor vehicles – As reviewing party approaches, each squadron or group commander brings his or her unit to attention. Ceremonies • Presentation of Decorations – Presentation of decorations and awards to military or civilian personnel. – After command has been presented, reviewing officer instructs commander of troops to have persons being decorated and the Colors brought forward. – Commander of troops commands Order, ARMS. Ceremonies • March in Review – On command PASS IN REVIEW band changes direction by executing column right, moves out on the route of march and comes to a halt. Ceremonies • Commander of Troops and Staff. – Commanders reviewing their own troops designate another officer as commander of troops. – Staff members do not salute with the commander when troops are presented. – Manner in which staff changes post. – When staff consists of more than two members. Ceremonies • Reviewing Party Ceremonies • Sequence of Parade Commands • General’s Flag Bearer General’s Flag at General’s Flag at Order Present Ceremonies • Relay of Commands to Troops – If there is only one group participating in the ceremony, the adjutant and commander of troops give commands directly to the troops. Ceremonies • Raising and Lowering the Flag – Reveille • Reveille is the signal for the start of the official duty day. • Because the time for the start of the duty day varies between bases, the commander designates the specified time for reveille. • Events accompanying flag raising at the Reveille Ceremony. Ceremonies • Raising the Flag – A detail consisting of an NCO and two Airmen hoists flag when practical. – Detail is formed in line with the NCO carrying the flag in the center. Ceremonies • Retreat Ceremony – Retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose. • It signals the end of the official duty day. • It serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag. – The Ceremony may take place at the squadron area, on the base parade ground, or in the vicinity of the flagstaff. • Events Accompanying Retreat Ceremony at the Flagstaff Ceremonies • Lowering the Flag – When practical, the person lowering the flag should be an NCO and three Airmen for the all- purpose flag and an NCO and five Airmen for the base flag. Ceremonies • Change of Command – Sequence of Events. – Flag procedures for General Officers Ceremonies • Formal Change of Command – Primary purpose of change of command ceremony is to allow subordinates to witness the formality of command change from one officer to another. Ceremonies • Colors – Color Guard. • Color guard consists of two NCOs and two experienced Airmen, when practical. • Flag bearers are unarmed. • Senior flag bearer carries the U.S. flag. • Junior flag bearer carries Air Force flag. • Air Force flag is never carried without the U.S. flag. Ceremonies • Manual of the Colors. – Position of the Flags at the Order. – Position of the Flags at the Carry. Flags at the Order Flags at the Carry Ceremonies • Manual of the Colors. (Continued) – Position of the Flag at Parade Rest. Ceremonies • Escort of the U.S. Flag. – Escort may be executed in the following circumstances. • During the ceremony for a parade. • Before the ceremony for a parade. Ceremonies • Saluted by Flags Position of Flags at the Salute Position of Flags and Color Guard at Eyes Right Ceremonies • Courtesies to the U.S. Flag – Small flags and flags on halfstaff are not saluted. – Cased and folded flags are not saluted. • Saluting When the National Anthem or to the Colors is played. – The U.S. Flag is symbolic of the United States and the principles for which it stands. – The National Anthem is a declaration of reverence and loyalty to the United States with the flag as an emblem. Ceremonies • Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. – In military formations and ceremonies, the Pledge of Allegiance is not recited. – When in uniform outdoors. – When in uniform indoors. Ceremonies • Army, Navy, and Air Force Gun Salutes. • Prevention of Fainting by Persons Participating in Ceremonies.