Chief’s Corner – week of Sept. 22

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Schriever AFB Military Traditions, Customs, Courtesies and Expectations

Schriever Air Force Base is home to Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Reserve and Guard units, coalition forces and several other government agencies who all have the honor of serving alongside dedicated civilian employees, contractors and our families.  Everyone working and residing on Schriever has a responsibility to adhere to time-honored traditions, customs and courtesies, and respect for the military way of life we cherish.

From Monday – Friday on Schriever AFB, reveille will sound at 7:30 a.m. to signal the start of the duty day, and retreat will sound at 4:30 p.m. to signify its end.  As a time-honored tradition, taps will play at 10 p.m. to mark “lights out” or the beginning of quiet hours on base.  All personnel on Schriever, to include base housing, are expected to comply and render the following courtesies:

Military personnel in uniform.  If outdoors, at the first note of reveille or retreat, immediately face the flag (or the direction of the music if the flag is not in view) and stand at parade rest.  At the first note of “To the Colors” or “The Star Spangled Banner,” come to the position of attention and render a salute and remain saluting until completion of the last note.  For taps, no formal protocol procedures are required.  However, during indoor or outdoor military ceremonies (military funeral/memorial ceremony) render appropriate honors during the playing of taps until the music is complete.

Civilians, retirees, veterans and military not in uniform.  At the first note of reveille or retreat, immediately face the flag (or the direction of the music if the flag is not in view).  At the conclusion of reveille/retreat, place the right hand over the heart on the first note of “To the Colors” or “The Star Spangled Banner” and keep it there until completion of the last note.  Saluting is authorized and optional for retirees, veterans and military members not in uniform.  For taps during military ceremonies, civilians should remove their headgear, place their hand over their heart and remain silent until the music is complete.

All personnel in vehicles.  The driver will pull to the side of the road and stop the vehicle during reveille and retreat.  All occupants will sit quietly until the last note of “To the Colors” or “The Star Spangled Banner.”

All military members in uniform are required to render a salute to government-owned or leased vehicles that indicate the official status or rank of the senior military individual occupying the vehicle by use of special license plates/placards.

These traditions, customs and courtesies honor the men and women who served before us and those who are wearing the cloth of our nation today.  It is our responsibility to ensure all personnel, military and civilian are aware of these procedures, to include family members and guests sponsored on base.  If you see someone failing to adhere to these expectations, they may be unaware of the proper action to take.  Kindly and respectfully remind them.