Video of Air National Guardsman’s Reenlisting with a Dinosaur Puppet Sparks Outrage
On Saturday, a video surfaced on Facebook showing a member of the Air National Guard’s reenlistment ceremony. During the proceedings, Master Sgt. Robin Brown is wearing a dinosaur puppet on her hand, manipulating its mouth as she recites the enlistment oath. The video went viral, gathering over 2.4 million views by Wednesday.
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The incident took place in Tennessee and is currently under investigation by the Tennessee Air National Guard, according to a report by Military.com.
Using the puppet during an enlistment ceremony sparked outrage on social media, leading Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, the Air National Guard Director, to write a public post in which he said he was “shocked and dismayed” by what appeared in the video.
“Many of you have seen and commented to me about the recent Facebook post of an airman in our beloved Air National Guard, taking the re-enlistment oath while using a dinosaur hand puppet,” Rice wrote.
“I understand your outrage and frustration. I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion. The oath of office or enlistment not only signifies our commitment to our nation, but pays respect to our fellow service members and to those who came before us.”
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Air Force regulations regarding the events assert that “unit commanders will honor all re-enlistees through a dignified reenlistment ceremony.”
Commenters on the video didn’t just focus on the puppet. Some criticized the officer featured in the video for not having the oath memorized as well as not raising his right hand.
In a follow-up post on the Air Force amn/nco/snco page, they say Brown used the puppet to “entertain” her children.
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Additionally, it was discovered that Brown worked in public affairs and in community affairs with the Tennessee Joint Force Headquarters