Brrr...please let us inside! That's what we were all thinking yesterday morning standing outside the National Archives in Washington D.C. Yes. it was a toasty 12°F.
Although frosty, family and friends were excited about the momentary promotion ceremony. While waiting to enter the Archives, family, friends and coworkers were introduced to one another.
With the extreme temperatures, gathering together was definitely on the agenda.
Thankfully, the staff of the National Archives opened the front doors so the suffering from the extreme cold didn't last too long. I believe many of us had throbbing and red fingers. Once inside the Rotunda, Lt Col Sonnek, his family, friends, and coworkers viewed the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The ceremony was called to order.
The Presiding Officer gave a descriptive insight into Lt Col Sonnek's career and how he arrived to this current moment.
Then the Promotion Orders were published to make the rank of Colonel official. This is when the family began to smile the hardest - it's time to pin on the new rank.
Then the Oath of Office was administered.
Now it's official. Colonel Sonnek is one of the Air Force's newest Colonels.
Below are some of the documents inside the Rotunda of the National Archives.
Colonel Sonnek, congratulations to you and your family on your promotion. I wish you continued success with your military career.
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