Retreat ceremony deserves respect, attention

What actions do we perform during Retreat? Do we stop, come to attention and render the proper salute during the playing of the National Anthem, or do we gaggle haphazardly hoping to miss it (or avoid it) altogether? Hopefully, as members of the Profession of Arms, we already know that Retreat signals the end of the official duty day and offers us the chance to pay respect to our flag and everything it stands for. Drivers should stop their vehicles and turn off the engine during Retreat. That being said, do the right thing even if you think no one is looking and don’t be afraid to correct others as necessary.

On Ramstein, the official Retreat ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. on the last duty day of each month. The ceremony is held at the flagpole across the street from the 86th Airlift Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 2201. The Ramstein Area Motivational Program also conducts Retreat at 4:30 p.m. every duty day in front of Bldg. 2104.