It's was a beautiful morning in Washington D.C. today at The National Archives Museum. Beautiful weather and a wonderful moment for family, friends and coworkers to travel to Washington D.C. to celebrate one of the nation's heroes and one of the Air Force's newest Lieutenant Colonels.
Last week, Major Whittaker contacted me from San Antonio wondering if I was available to photograph his promotion ceremony at The National Archives; of course I made myself available. I enjoy and am always honored when fellow military spouses or the member themselves contact me to photograph their military ceremony at The Archives.
Major Whittaker and his family arrived and they were greeted by Colonel Lawrence; the Presiding Officer.
While waiting for the opening of The Archives Museum, Major Whittaker's son's played with each other and ran around. The youngest son even played peek-a-boo with me. Can you see his little blue eyes peeking?
Three handsome fellas; fun brotherly moment.
Once inside the Rotunda of the National Archives, Major Whittaker's family, friends, and coworkers were able to able to look at the Nation's documents; The United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.
The promotion ceremony was officially called to order by the MC and the National Anthem was played.
Colonel Lawrence discussed the significance of Major Whittaker's military career and things he and his family has sacrificed for his distinguished career. Major Whittaker is a true hero. Prior to his Air Force career, Major Whittaker was a teacher. After receiving his commission in the Air Force, he was on a straight line to top success. Colonel Lawrence touted him as being Number one or in the top 5% of everything he does. He strives for the best.
The Promotion Orders were published and Major Whittaker's family came forward to pin on his new rank to Lieutenant Colonel.
Then Lieutenant Colonel Whittaker was administered the Oath of Office by Colonel Lawrence in front of The United States Constitution.
Following the Oath, Lieutenant Colonel Whittaker (Lt Col) addressed and thanked his family, friends, and coworkers for being supportive and attending his promotion ceremony.
Following the ceremony, we went outside to get new portraits of the family with the new Air Force rank.
Lt Col Whittaker, congratulations again to you, your wife, and your boys on your promotion. I wish you continued success in your Air Force career.
If you or someone you know is having their military ceremony at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. and you need a professional photographer to document your memories, I would be honored to speak with you to learn about your wishes. I may be contacted via telephone at (571) 250-5073 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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