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Significance of ceremonies

Significance of ceremonies
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MISSION: To transform civilians into motivated world-class warrior-Airmen who are ready to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force

VISION: Embed Air Force Core Values into all aspects of Basic Military Training to transform civilians into Warrior Airmen of Character for the world’s greatest Air Force

WHAT IS AN AIRMAN? Air Force Doctrine Document 1-1 defines “airman” as “any US Air Force member (officer or enlisted, active, reserve, or guard, along with Department of the Air Force civilians) who supports and defends the US Constitution and serves our country. Air Force Airmen are those people who formally belong to the US Air Force and employ or support some aspect of the US Air Force’s air and space power capabilities. An Airman is any person who understands and appreciates the full range of air and space power capabilities and can employ or support some aspect of air and space power capabilities.”

Airman’s Coin Ceremony

Your trainees will be marched to the Reception Center for the Airman’s Coin Ceremony, where they will be presented with the Air Force Airman’s Coin. After this event, they will no longer be called a “trainee.” They have earned the right to be called “Airman.” Many airman consider this to be one of the most significant of events in their career.


Retreat Ceremony

The retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose. It signals the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag. Because the time for the end of the duty day varies, the commander designates the specific time for the retreat ceremony.


Graduation Parade

The purpose of parade is to honor national symbols or individuals on special occasions. It is a display of proficiency and a state of training. Parade contributes to public morale, teamwork, and pride in the organization – displaying strength and unity of our nation.