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VIDEO | Tenn. guardsman removed from position after using dinosaur hand puppet to take oath to re-enlist

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By: Kaylin Jorge
WZTV

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) -- A Tennessee guardsman has been removed from her position and is facing administrative actions after a video shows her using a dinosaur hand puppet to take an oath to re-enlist.

The Tennessee Air National Guard investigated the video posted on Facebook that has received major backlash and more than 2.4 million views.

As a result of the investigation, the guardsman was removed from her full-time position with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office and other administrative actions are underway.

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The Colonel administering the oath was immediately retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel and the Senior NCO who recorded the event has been removed from his position as a unit First Sergeant and has received an official reprimand.

Statement from MG Terry M. Haston, The Adjutant General-Tennessee:

"I am certainly aware of a recent Facebook video post depicting a Tennessee Air National Guard Senior NCO re-enlistment.

I am absolutely embarrassed that a senior officer and a senior NCO took such liberties with a time-honored military tradition. The Tennessee National Guard holds the Oath of Enlistment in the highest esteem because that oath signifies every service member’s commitment to defend our state, nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. Not taking this oath solemnly and with the utmost respect is firmly against the traditions and sanctity of our military family and will not be tolerated.

The Tennessee National Guard leadership as a whole is appalled by the actions of these individuals which do not represent our nation’s service members nor the Airmen and Soldiers of Tennessee. The selfless dedication to our State, Nation that these men and women exhibit on a daily basis is without question."

Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice took to Facebook to respond to the video on Monday. Rice wrote that he is “shocked and dismayed” by the video, saying it goes against the Guard’s “very foundation.”

Full statement from Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice:

"Many of you have seen and commented to me about the recent Facebook post of an Airman in our beloved Air National Guard, taking the re-enlistment oath while using a dinosaur hand puppet. I understand your outrage and frustration.

Let me say, I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion. The oath of office or enlistment not only signifies our commitment to our nation, but pays respect to our fellow service members and to those who came before us. We as military members answer to a calling of service and represent the Profession of Arms. This action goes against our very foundation. Tennessee National Guard leadership is aware and addressing the issue.

This single act does not reflect the selfless dedication and professionalism shown everyday by the outstanding Airmen of our Air National Guard in their service to our great nation."

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