Many times a military change of command ceremony or change of responsibility ceremony have a top commander, keynote or guest speaker who highlights the accomplishments of both incoming and outgoing commander. Whether the military chance of command speech is for Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard, it will share reoughly the same structure. Whether it is a ceremony for a company, brigade or battalion, wing or installation-level, the only change is the formality. The higher-up the change and the larger the ceremony, the more formal your remarks should be. There are a few basic rules to follow and the rest is just adding something of yourself or something personal.
The key note or guest speaker is generally higher ranking than the leaders changing command and may be one of the highest ranking people at the chance of command ceremony. To decide how long to speak, figure out if you are the only guest speaker, where the ceremony will take place and whether there will be a formation. In general, If the ceremony will be in a comfortable environment, there are no other keynote speakers and most people will be sitting, you can speak for 10-12 minutes. If there is a formation, if it will be very hot or cold, if the guests are standing or if there are multiple speakers, you'll be better to keep it short. In that case, speak between 5-7 minutes max.
Whenever you speak, someone is going to introduce you, and that may include brief remarks on who you are. If you have certain accomplishments you want highlighted or certain things you DON'T want highlighted, find out who is introducing you and tell them (or their aide if it is a superior commander), what you'd like said. Give them about two weeks notice. Have a copy of your bio and official photo ready to send to them.
Distinguished Guests, General name of VIP here and Mrs. name of VIP's spouse here, and (name any VIPs such as generals or civic leaders such as mayors and their spouses who should be recognized - ask protocol for help);
Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for attending this important occasion.
Today one of the leading units in training excellence is saying goodbye to their commander, outgoing commander's name, and welcoming a new leader, incoming commander's name.
When you look at unit name’s accomplishments over the last few years, it’s apparent that outgoing commander's name and his/her team have contributed vastly to installation name and our team. Under outgoing commander's name’s leadership, the brigade/batallion/unit has been recognized by higher headquarters for everything from their forward-thinking training concepts to top-notch troop preparation and active family and unit support. (Fill in with specific accomplishments)
The unit name was recognized by higher headquarters or installation for fill in accomplishments. In the past two years in fact, fill in accomplishments.
They led the way in fill in accomplishments and were selected to conduct fill in accomplishments. The unit took on the challenge and performed brilliantly.
The unit also fill in accomplishments.
So, I think you could say outgoing commander's name and his/her team have had their hands full.
The outgoing commander's name has done an excellent job in ensuring every Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine was superbly trained, mentally and physically fit, and prepared to meet the demands of a deployment. The unit’s success has a great deal to do with the experienced leadership of outgoing commander's name. He has high standards, he pushes his/her staff hard, but it is no more than what he knows the capable members of unit name can do.
We will be sorry to lose outgoing commander's name. He has been an exceptional driving force in the installation name, and a great colleague. outgoing commander's name, we will be sorry to see you go.
However, the unit will be gaining a truly great leader in incoming commander's name. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her abilities. She respects and values her team, and I have no doubt he'll/she’ll bring great ideas and enthusiasm to unit name. All of you in unit name can feel confident that you’re getting an outstanding new commander.
There is no doubt that the strength of our service, the strength of our installation name and the strength of unit name is in dedicated people, a strong team. The personnel of unit name are a great example of what it means to be unit name, branch or installation name's motto (ie: Semper Fi, Army Strong). I expect nothing but excellence in the coming years from outgoing commander's name, incoming commander's name and the personnel of unit name.
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