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Dinosaur puppet 're-enlisting' gets pair booted from Tennessee Guard

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Bennie Garza | 20 April, 2018, 01:34

A non-commissioned officer with the US National Guard has been removed from her post after reciting her enlistment oath with a dinosaur puppet.

In completely unrelated news, the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard are all deeply concerned about shortfalls in recruiting and retention of high-quality airmen, which could negatively impact readiness.

The director of joint public affairs for the Tennessee Military Department, Randy Harris, however, refused to name the other airmen who were punished.

Claims have circulated online that the ceremony was not an official re-enlistment and that the video was made for Brown's children to watch. "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", Haston wrote.

Robin Brown is shown taking her oath with a dinosaur puppet in hand.

The colonel has been demoted and retired immediately while the senior guardsman, who has also not been identified, has been removed from his job as unit first sergeant and reprimanded.

Disciplinary activities were announced Wednesday after 3 Tennessee Air National Guard airmen filmed.

It is now unclear why Brown was wearing the puppet during the ceremony.

"The actions of these three individuals in no way represent the professionalism, honour, and courage of the 14,000 Soldiers and [Airmen] in the Tennessee National Guard", he added.

The Air Force has removed the senior noncommissioned officer at the center of the controversy from her position in the Tennessee Guard's joint public affairs office and is weighing further administrative action, according to a statement Wednesday from Maj Gen. Terry M. Haston, the adjutant general for the Tennessee Guard. "This act does not define our organization nor the men, women, and families that sacrifice so much every day for our state and nation".

However, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office, Sgt. William Jones, told several media outlets that it was an official reenlistment ceremony.

Ms Brown's enlistment ceremony took place on Friday, with the video going viral by Saturday.

Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice took to Facebook to respond to the video on Monday.

He wrote: "I'm equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion". The ceremony also calls for service members to wear 'authorized uniforms, ' which are held to the normal dress and appearance standards (including accessories and hand wear) outlined in another Air Force Instruction . "This activity goes contrary to our very foundation".

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