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By Tech. Sgt. Albert Stoner, Air Force Space Command
/ Published April 17, 2018
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air Force Instruction 34-1201, states, “Reveille and Retreat on their own are bugle calls only. The playing of “To the Color,” the national anthem or the raising or lowering of the flag is what requires proper honors given to the flag.” Reveille and Retreat are played at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force file photo)
On Peterson AFB, Retreat is played at 5 p.m. and signals the end of the official duty day.Similar to Reveille, Retreat is simply a bugle call and there are no courtesies required unless it is a prelude to the national anthem. On this installation, at the first note of the Retreat bugle call, military members in uniform will face the flag, or music if no flag is visible and stand at parade rest.When the national anthem is played, military members will go to attention and render a salute. Military members or veterans not in uniform, may render a salute and others are encouraged to place their right hand over their heart, with a hat if wearing one.In both of the above instances, personnel on Peterson AFB, in vehicles should pull over to the side of the road, stop and sit quietly. Additionally all sporting or physical training activities will stop and proper honors will be given.Taps began as a signal to turn off the lights and the end of the day. Most Air Force installations play Taps to signify lights out or to begin quite hours on base.For these purposes, there is no formal protocol, you do not need to stop or pull over when driving and saluting is not required when Taps is played. However, Taps is an integral part of military funerals and memorial ceremonies and calls for different protocols.In the instances of funerals or memorials, individuals in uniform and outdoors shall salute at the first note of Taps and maintain the position until the last note is played, if indoors, members will stand at attention. Civilians will remove their headgear and place their hand over their heart.As retired Gen Martin Dempsey said, “In the course of everyday life, there are very few opportunities for the people of the United States to come together, pause and reflect on the hope that is only possible with freedom and democracy…”The first note of the bugle calls for Retreat, Reveille and Taps on Peterson AFB are prime examples of those opportunities.