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Narrator at General’s Promotion

September 29, 2009 – Promotion Ceremony for General Mark P. Hertling.
My participation, as Narrator, in the promotion ceremony was a lot of fun.  I was not as nervous as I thought I might be; however, practice helped with that.  Army Major General Mark P. Hertling received another star (total of three) to become a Lieutenant General at Fort Monroe’s Army Training and Doctrine Command.  The ceremony was hosted by General Martin Dempsey, the Commanding General for US Army Training and Doctrine Command .  What a grand ceremony it was.  Fifteen gun salute – loud!  Presenting of the ‘Battle Flag’ – symbolic.  Their pomp & circumstance tradition plays a great role in the military’s organization.  I was impressed.
Nancy at Narrator's stand
Nancy at Narrator’s stand
Fort Monroe TRADOC Band setting up for ceremony
Fort Monroe TRADOC Band setting up for ceremony
Before ceremony
Before ceremony
Before ceremony
Before ceremony
My script at the lecturn
My script at the lecturn
General Hertling in the receiving line
General Hertling in the receiving line
Smoked salmon
Smoked salmon
Lamb chops
Lamb chops
Steamed shrimp
Steamed shrimp
The moat at Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
The moat at Fort Monroe









The ceremony reception was held at the Casemate Museum.  **If you have not visited that museum, you should.  You get an idea of the conditions of the mid 1800’s world.  ~One thing, people were REALLY short~   Lots of historical military artifacts thru-out the maze-like floor plan.  It feels like you’re walking thru a cavern.**  Lets get to the important part – the FOOD WAS GREAT.  Well, one would expect food at a General’s reception to be good.

A great spread with many choices.
I especially liked the perfect lamb chops (lots of folks get this wrong/generally too dry) and the smoked salmon.  The shrimp were a tad small (I shouldn’t complain).  As I departed, I captured this moat image in the oncoming twilight.  Perfect lighting.