If you didn't know this already, Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia has an extremely high population of men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. We are home to several bases of all the different branches.
Being in the DMV area has it's privileges when it's time for promotion ceremonies, and that privilege is being able to have your ceremony inside the National Archives in front of the United States Constitution.
The family arrived to the Archives and went inside to greet the family and guests.
Once inside the Rotunda, the Nation's documents were on displace for viewing.
The Rotunda was full of family and friends listening to the accomplishments of this brave Air Force Officer and wanting to take part in this special day in Major Frank's military career. It's amazing to live in a country where citizens voluntarily put themselves in the line of fire for their country. The ceremony was called to order and the Presiding Officer began to give highlights on Major Frank's career and how he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force.
The Military Promotion Orders were published to make the rank of Lieutenant Colonel official.
Lt Col Frank's parents, who are also military veterans, pinned on his new insignia on his uniform shirt.
Lt Col Frank's children where called to the front to place his Lt Col insignia on his Blues coat. It's always nice seeing the children of military members getting involved. Especially younger children; they get extremely excited to be involved.
Once the new insignia was pinned on, Lt Col Frank was administered the Oath of Office while his friends and family looked upon.
Congratulations to one of the Air Force's newest Lieutenant Colonel; Lieutenant Colonel Frank.
Lt Col Frank received his first salute as a Lieutenant Colonel from his Master of Ceremony.
Lt Col Frank, congratulations to you and your family on your promotion. I wish you the best in your Air Force military career. It was a honor to be able to photograph a special moment for you and your family.
If you are a military member and will be having your promotion, retirement, or reenlistment ceremony in the Rotunda of the National Archives, I would be honored to speak with you about photographing your ceremony. I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (571) 250-5073.
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