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Reveille, Retreat time change

A photo depicting U.S. service members saluting the American flag during a retreat ceremony.

U.S. service members salute the American flag during a retreat ceremony Oct. 2, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The four military members represented each branch of the U.S. military and assembled to show solidarity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The times for the playing of reveille and retreat over the base giant voice system will change Nov. 10, 2017.

Reveille signals the start of the duty day, and retreat marks the end of the duty day and precedes the playing of the national anthem.

"We are adjusting our bugle calls to match times more commonly seen at other bases,” said Col. Gerald Donohue, 19th Airlift Wing and installation Commander. “In addition, we anticipate it easing traffic flow as the new times avoid peak periods. These calls remind us of our rich military heritage and instill in us a sense of pride and appreciation for that legacy."

 

The time changes are as follow:

Reveille: 6:30 a.m., formerly 7 a.m.
Retreat: 5 p.m., formerly 4:30 p.m.

According to AFPAM 34-1202, 14.10.1, because “To the Colors” is played during reveille and the national anthem during retreat, these actions should be taken when the music sounds:

Service members in uniform (including physical training uniform): stop, stand at attention and salute. Those in the process of taking the physical fitness test are exempted from rendering courtesies.

Service members out of uniform or veterans: stop, stand at attention, salute.

Civilians: place right hand, with a hat if wearing one, over their heart.

Personnel in Vehicles: pull over safely and stop for the duration of the music, while sitting respectfully at attention.

 “Because it’s a change there will be an adjustment period,” said Tech. Sgt. Tahlia Robinson, 19th Airlift Wing Command Post training NCO in charge. “Remember to be sensitive to others and understand that it’s a work in progress as we continue to honor our flag.”

For more information about the changes, contact the 19th AW Command Post at (501) 987-1900.