National Guardsmen Involved With Viral Dinosaur Video Just Faced Some Severe Consequences

It all started last weekend. Three Tennessee Air National Guardsmen created a video, which they posted to Facebook, of a reenlistment ceremony. However, this ceremony was different than the ones that had come before it, because one of them decided to wear a puppet dinosaur on one hand.

The video can be seen here…

While the video may seem innocent, members of the military were furious at what they deemed a mockery of a solemn event. The officer wearing the puppet, Master Sgt. Robin Brown, has since been fired from her job, while the Colonel who gave the oath, who is yet to be identified, was retired and demoted.

On Monday, the Air National Guard Director, L. Scott Rice, was quick to express his dismay…

And then on Wednesday, the Tennessee National Guard made this announcement…

The Washington Post also reported…

“Claims have circulated online that the ceremony was not an official reenlistment and that the video was made for Brown’s children to watch. But William Jones, a spokesman for the Joint Base Andrews Public Affairs Office, told The Post that it was an official ceremony. He said he did not know why Brown used the puppet.”

Many couldn’t understand why the reaction was so harsh…

But others defended the Tennessee National Guard’s decision…

While one person couldn’t help but wonder if there was some bias at play…

And another couldn’t believe that this one thing meant tossing out a life of service…

And Joe pointed out that reenlistment ceremonies in other branches of the military are often done in fun and creative ways…

Apparently the Air Force doesn’t have the sense of humor that the Navy does.

H/T: Twitter, Facebook, Washington Post