1700 (Start of Social Hour)
The cocktail period provides an excellent forum for fellowship and allows the President, 1SG, and Guest Speaker the opportunity to circulate among the guests. Conversation should be short and light. Each mess member should talk with as many comrades and guests as possible.
Form the receiving line from right to left in order of rank with the president on the right of the receiving line with the guest of honor on his left. The Adjutant’s (Dining In NCOIC) position is on the right of the Guest Speaker. As each member of the mess or guest comes abreast of the Adjutant, they announce their names, but do not shake hands with the Adjutant. The mess members should never assume that the Adjutant automatically remembers their name, so they should introduce themselves. The Adjutant, in turn, introduces them to the Guest Speaker of the mess. Mess members always face the person being greeted and promptly move to the next person. Engage in conversation with the members of the receiving line only when delays occur. Do not bring drinks, cigarettes, cigars, etc., through the receiving line.
MR. VICE: Directs the Music Tech to play "MESS CALL". (No talking, JUST LOOK)
NOTE: Music Tech plays MESS CALL twice.
NARRATOR: "FELLOW NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS, WELCOME TO THE MILITARY POLICE ADVANCED LEADER COURSE 005-14 AND CID ADVANCED LEADER COURSE 002-14 DINING IN. PLEASE STAND FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE POSTING OF THE COLORS AND THE INVOCATION.”
NOTE: Music Tech plays OFFICIAL PARTY ENTRANCE as the Official Party Enters.
MR. VICE: remains standing; when the members of the head table are in position, Mr. Vice reports to the President of the Mess and states: "MR. PRESIDENT, THE MEMBERS OF THE MESS ARE ASSEMBLED!"
MR. PRESIDENT: "COLOR SERGEANT!"
NOTE: Music Tech plays DRUM ROLL as the color guard marches to position.
Moves the Color Guard forward and centers on the head table, then faces the Color Guard.
NOTE: When Color Sergeant faces about, turn off the house lights. The spotlight (if available) focuses on the National Colors and remains on throughout the honors and until all colors are posted and the house lights are turned on.
NARRATOR: "WHEREVER I GO ... MY COLORS SPEAK OF FREEDOM FOR ALL PEOPLES ... I WAS CONCEIVED TO REPRESENT AN IDEAL ... ONE WHOSE MESSAGE HAS BEEN CARRIED OVER TWO CENTURIES ... I WAVE IN SILENT TRIBUTE TO THE GOOD THAT MANKIND HAS SHOWN ... I AM
LIBERTY ... THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
COLOR SERGEANT: “PRESENT ARMS” (Executes an about face; salutes Mr. President and reports) “MR. PRESIDENT, THE COLORS ARE PRESENT!”
MR. PRESIDENT: “POST THE COLORS!” (Returns salute)
COLOR SERGEANT: (Executes an about face)
“ORDER ARMS, RIGHT FACE, FORWARD MARCH!” Color Guard moves to the rear of the head table and on the flag stands and MARKS TIME. Color Sergeant then commands “COLORS HALT. RIGHT, FACE!” Color bearers, without command, place colors in the stand, adjusts colors, then the Color Sergeant Commands, “PRESENT ARMS!”
NOTE: When the Color Guard executes the initial right face, the Drummer initiates drum roll until the command “COLORS HALT!” is given.
NOTE: The spotlight (if available) remains positioned on the Colors for the NATIONAL ANTHEM.
NOTE: When the music is over, the house lights come on and the spotlight is turned off.
COLOR SERGEANT: "ORDER ARMS, LEFT FACE, FORWARD MARCH!”
The color guard exits the area.
NOTE: When the Color Sergeant gives the command “FORWARD MARCH!”, a drum roll sounds until the Color Guard exits the area.
NOTE: At this time, whoever is going to lead the event in a Prayer will now move to the podium and make their remarks.
MR. VICE: "MR. PRESIDENT."
MR. PRESIDENT: "YES, MR. VICE."
MR. VICE: "I...
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