NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A video posted on social media shows a National Guard Airman taking the Reenlistment Oath with a sock puppet on her hand. It has sparked protest and outrage from Senior Officers at the Air National Guard.
That is Master Sgt. Robin Brown. She’s a Senior NCO with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office.
She is holding a dinosaur puppet in her right hand as she takes the oath.
It happened on Friday. And the video was posted on the unofficial Facebook forum Air Force amn/nco/snco.
The video did not go over well with senior officers. A strong condemnation is posted on social media from MG Terry M. Haston, The Adjutant General -Tennessee:
“I am absolutely embarrassed that a senior officer and a senior NCO took such liberties with a time-honored military tradition. The Tennessee National Guard holds the Oath of Enlistment in the highest esteem because that oath signifies every service member’s commitment to defend our state, nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. Not taking this oath solemnly and with the utmost respect is firmly against the traditions and sanctity of our military family and will not be tolerated.
The Tennessee National Guard leadership as a whole is appalled by the actions of these individuals which do not represent our nation’s service members nor the Airmen and Soldiers of Tennessee. The selfless dedication to our State, Nation that these men and women exhibit on a daily basis is without question.”
A spokesman for The Tennessee National Guard says the Senior NCO taking the oath has been removed from her position and they have taken action against everyone involved:
The Colonel (O-6) administering the oath was immediately retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (O-5).
The Senior NCO taking the oath has been removed from her full-time position with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office and other administrative actions are underway.
The Senior NCO who recorded the event has been removed from his position as a unit First Sergeant and has received an official reprimand, but will be retained in the Tennessee Air National Guard.