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Promotion Script for Chief Master Sergeant

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This Promotion Script covers the basics of a typical Chief Master Sergeant promotion, feel free to modify and use it to your liking.  If you create something better or have additional ideas please share them with us.

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CEREMONY PLAN
[UNIT]
[BASE, STATE]

PROMOTION CEREMONY
SMSGT XXX X. XXXX
FRIDAY, 29 JUNE 200X, XXXX



As of: <DATE> <TIME> <--  keeps everyone up to date

Project Officers [OPR] Dress
  Participants: Service Dress
  Guests: Duty uniform or civilian equivalent
   


PRESIDING OFFICIAL: [Rank/Name], [Duty Title, Command]

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Welcome
Arrival of Official Party
National Anthem
History of the CMSgt Rank
’ Remarks
Promotion Order
Pinning of Rank
Chief’s Creed
Presentation of the “Jeep Chief”
CMSgt [name]’ Remarks
Closing Remarks
AF Song
Reception



 

Family Attending: Name Relationship
   
   

Biographical Information
… <Get from Persons BIO and paste in here>




Prep Schedule

0800 TBD Location set up complete –flags, podium, rank, proffer board/table/drape, 2 round tables for refreshments
0830 P/U refreshments [OPR]
0900 Photographer in place; prebriefed by [OPR]
0900 Narrator in place


Ceremony Site:

<DRAW in Diagram Here for reference>
 


0910 SMSGT [NAME] AND FAMILY ARRIVE
          - Proceed to office.

          - Invited guests begin to assemble in .

0915 OFFICE VISIT

0925 XXXX FAMILY ESCORTED TO SEATS IN
          - Escorted by [OPR]

PRE-CEREMONY BRIEFING

Location: office at conclusion of office visit
Briefer: [NAME]

0927 AND SMSGT [NAME] PROCEED TO


NARRATOR: GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I’M [NARRATOR], AND IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU TODAY FOR THIS SPECIAL OCCASION, THE PROMOTION OF SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT [NAME] TO THE RANK OF CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT. WE ARE ESPECIALLY PLEASED TO WELCOME SERGEANT [NAME] [FAMILY/SPECIAL GUEST NAMES], WHO ARE JOINING US TODAY FROM ...

THE PRESIDING OFFICER, [RANK/NAME], [DUTY TITLE, COMMAND], AND SERGEANT [NAME] SEND A WARM WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU…YOUR PRESENCE HERE TODAY IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

THROUGHOUT THE CEREMONY YOU WILL BE GIVEN CUES TO RISE AND BE SEATED AT THE APPROPRIATE TIMES. IN ADDITION, DURING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, MILITARY MEMBERS SHOULD STAND AT ATTENTION WHILE CIVILIANS SHOULD PLACE THEIR RIGHT HANDS OVER THEIR HEARTS. WE ALWAYS CONCLUDE CEREMONIES WITH THE PLAYING OF THE AIR FORCE SONG. IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR ALL AIR FORCE MEMBERS TO STAND AND WE INVITE ALL OF OUR GUESTS TO JOIN WITH US.

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, PLEASE RISE FOR THE ENTRANCE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY, HONORS, AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE PLAYING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.

          and SMSgt (on left at all times) enter the

          [NAME] PLAYS RUFFLES AND FLOURISHES, THEN NATIONAL ANTHEM

(National Anthem will be played.)

          and SMSgt take their places in front of the flags and execute facing turn)


NARRATOR: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE BE SEATED.

TODAY, WE GATHER TO PROMOTE SMSGT TO THE RANK OF CMSGT. THE RANK OF CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT WAS ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS IN 1958 AND THE CEILING WAS SET AT 1% OF THE ENLISTED FORCE. IN DECEMBER 1959, 1,700 MEN WERE THE FIRST TO BE PROMOTED TO THIS NEW GRADE. THESE AIRMEN WERE LEADERS WHO POSSESSED THE UNIQUE TALENTS AND DISPLAYED THE PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS REQUIRED TO MANAGE AIR FORCE PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY [2,828] CMSGTs IN THE AIR FORCE. TODAY, WE WILL ADD SERGEANT <LNAME> TO THAT NUMBER. SHE/HE HAS SHOWN THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT SHE/HE POSSESSES THE ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO BE A CHIEF. AFTER TODAY, SHE/HE WILL BE KNOWN AS "CHIEF".


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, .

( makes opening remarks.)


PUBLISHING OF THE ORDER

(….Publish the Order.)

NARRATOR: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE STAND FOR THE PUBLISHING OF THE ORDERS.
ATTENTION TO ORDERS:

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS PLACED SPECIAL TRUST IN THE PATRIOTISM, INTEGRITY AND ABILITIES OF SENIOR MASTER <FNAME> <MI>. <LNAME>. IN VIEW OF THESE SPECIAL QUALITIES AND HER/HIS DEMONSTRATED POTENTIAL TO SERVE IN THE HIGHEST ENLISTED GRADE, SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT <LNAME>IS PROMOTED TO CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT, EFFECTIVE, [DATE]. BY THE ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE.


NARRATOR: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE BE SEATED

NARRATOR: [FAMILY] WILL YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD.

(Proffer moves forward with stripes.)

(Escort assists [family] to the front. hands rank to [family]. They place CMSgt stripes over SMSgt stripes and “tack” them on.)

APPLAUSE

( and [family] take a photo with Chief [NAME] after completion of pin-on.)



NARRATOR: THANK YOU , AND [FAMILY]

(Family members are escorted back to their seat)

( takes a seat.)

NARRATOR: TO COMMEMORATE THIS MEMORABLE OCCASION, [NAME, DUTY TITLE], WILL NOW COME FORWARD AND READ THE CHIEFS’ CREED.

The Chief’s Creed

Chief Master Sergeants are
individually to be regarded as people:
Who cannot be bought;
Whose word is their bond;
Who put character above wealth;
Who possess opinions and a will;
Who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
Who do not hesitate to take chances;
Who will be as honest in small things as in great ones;
Who will make no compromise with wrong;
Whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires and interests;
Who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as prosperity;
Who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
Who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular,
who can say “No” with emphasis,
although all the world is saying “Yes.”

NARRATOR: AT THIS TIME, WOULD ALL CHIEFS COME FORWARD FOR PRESENTATION OF THE “JEEP CHIEF”.

(OPTIONAL. ALL CHIEFS WILL COME FORWARD AND LINE UP NEXT TO CHIEF XXXX. NARRATOR WILL READ THE JEEP CHIEFS RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. UPON COMPLETION OF READING OF THE RULES, EACH CHIEF WILL HAND THE JEEP CHIEF FROM CHIEF TO CHIEF UNTIL IT REACHES CHIEF XXXX.)


[NAME]: IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE NEWEST CHIEF OF AN ORGANIZATION TO RECEIVE THE “JEEP CHIEF” IN HONOR OF THEIR PROMOTION.

[insert Jeep Chief rules]  <--- Follow link

(Chiefs present the Jeep Chief to Chief [name])


NARRATOR: LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. CMSGT

(Chief [name] makes remarks.)

NARRATOR: PLEASE RISE AND JOIN US IN SINGING THE AIR FORCE SONG.

([OPR] plays USAF Song CD and all sing)

NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S CEREMONY. FOLLOWING A BRIEF PHOTO SESSION, WILL LEAD US THROUGH THE RECEIVING LINE BEGINNING AT CHIEF RIGHT. PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE HER/HIM AND JOIN US FOR REFRESHMENTS. THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING AND HAVE A GREAT AIR FORCE DAY.”

 





























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