An Air National Guard Colonel from Tennessee has been demoted and removed from his post after a video was posted online and went viral.
Seen clearly in the video, the Colonel allows a senior NCO to take an oath of re-enlistment while wearing a puppet on her right hand. The unnamed NCO who video-taped the proceedings has also lost his rank as First Sergeant and is facing administrative action—but will stay in the guard.
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Master Sgt. Robin Brown, the NCO who wore the puppet on her hand to assume the oath, was able to be identified only because she said her last name as a part of the re-enlistment oath.
The director of joint public affairs for Tennessee’s Military Department, Randy Harris, is refusing to release any further information regarding the soldiers that were involved.
A spokesperson for the joint public affairs office for the National Guard of Tennessee, William Jones, confirmed that it was in-fact an official re-enlistment ceremony. Apparently, the short film was created for Brown’s children who, while not in attendance, supposedly would be shown the video later.
Army Major General Terry Haston, the adjutant general for the National Guard of Tennessee released an official follow-up statement following the video’s leak.
“I am absolutely embarrassed that a senior officer and a senior NCO took such liberties with a time-honored military tradition. The Tennessee National Guard holds the Oath of Enlistment in the highest esteem because that oath signifies every service member’s commitment to defend our state, nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. Not taking this oath solemnly and with the utmost respect is firmly against the traditions and sanctity of our military family and will not be tolerated.”
“The Tennessee National Guard leadership as a whole is appalled by the actions of these individuals, which do not represent our nation’s service members nor the airmen and soldiers of Tennessee,” Haston went on.
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The colonel was also harshly criticized for failing to raise his own right hand during the ceremony, as well as failing to have the pledge memorized—instead reading it off of a piece of paper.