Punishment follows after senior NCO sworn in wearing dinosaur puppetThe Washington Post
April 19. 2018 11:45PM
It’s unclear why Master Sgt. Robin Brown, a public affairs officer with the Tennessee Air National Guard, recited her oath of re-enlistment last week using a dinosaur puppet.
Or why the colonel conducting the ceremony allowed her to do so, stifling his laughter as the puppet mouthed the oath.
But the two have been let go from the Guard after a video of the incident went viral, garnering about 2.4 million views on Facebook by Wednesday and upsetting many in the military community who felt Brown and the colonel’s actions were disrespectful.
Brown has been removed from her full-time job with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office and the yet-to-be-identified colonel has been demoted and immediately retired, according to Army Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, the adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard.
The senior noncommissioned officer who videotaped the oath recital has been removed from his job as unit first agent but will remain in the Guard, Haston said in a statement Wednesday on Facebook.
Claims have circulated online that the ceremony was not an official reenlistment and that the video was made for Brown’s children to watch. But William Jones, a spokesman for the Joint Public Affairs Office, told The Post that it was an official ceremony. He said he did not know why Brown used the puppet.
“This was not typical [behavior] for a re-enlistment ceremony by any means,” Jones said. “And children were not present when the ceremony took place.”