A few weeks ago, I received a telephone call requesting my availability to photograph a military promotion ceremony on Ft Myer at Patton Hall in Northern Virginia. Ft Myer is the home to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own", and Headquarters U.S. Army Garrison.
It was a beautiful day; the temperature was in the low 70° and the blossoms and flowers were in full bloom. A perfect spring day for a promotion ceremony.
Upon arrival Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col) Adkins and his wife were greeting their guests and thanking them for coming to be a part of a tremendous part of this significant day.
Before the start of the ceremony, it was a great opportunity to capture the excitement of the guests.
The promotion ceremony was called to order by the Master of Ceremonies, Major Davies. Mr. Thompson came forward to sing the National Anthem. It was a beautiful rendition of the song. The invocation was delivered by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Archer.
Major General (MG) Peterson, the Commanding General of First Army Division West, detailed the military career of Lt. Col Adkins.
Lt. Col Adkins was called forward for the pinning on of his new rank - Colonel and then for the administering of the Oath of Office.
After completing the Oath of Office, Colonel Adkins thanked his family for being supportive and encouraging throughout his military career. He presented his wife with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and his son an antique watch.
Throughout his remarks, Colonel Adkins thanked his guests; many of whom helped his family by picking up their son during deployments, after school activities, and many other things. During his remarks, Colonel Adkins joked that today was also a promotion day for his wife, Tracy. I'm sure many military spouses can relate to this. Colonel Adkins mention, his wife was being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. As you can imagine, there was a lot of smiles and laughter.
Proceeding the ceremony, there was a reception for Colonel Adkins and his guests.
Colonel Adkins, congratulations on your promotion. I wish you continued success with your military career.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.