AETC and AFSOC Airmen Induct Former Commander into Order of the Sword > Air Education and Training Command > Article View

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Mississippi — In a longstanding military tradition, retired Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, former commander of Air Education and Training Command and Air Force Special Operations Command, was inducted into the Order. of the Sword at Keesler AFB, October 15, 2022.

“The Order of the Sword is an honor given to an officer by non-commissioned officers to recognize leaders they hold in high esteem and wish to honour, and no one fits better than Lt. Gen. Webb,” said Chief Staff Sergeant. Cory Olsen, AFSOC Command Chief. “General Webb’s leadership will have a lasting impact for years to come and we are honored to announce him as the first inductee into the Order of the Dual Command Sword.”

The formal ceremony included the presentation of the proclamation of the Order of the Sword, the reading of the award citation, the presentation of a ceremonial scroll signed by the Airmen present, and the bestowal of the Webb Memorial Sword. .

“Receiving the Sword of Command is the highest honor the enlisted force can bestow on an officer,” said Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson, AETC Command Chief. “The induction of Lieutenant General Webb into the highly exclusive list of leaders is the enlisted force’s way of recognizing his outstanding and significant contributions to the military establishment, the effectiveness of the mission and the general welfare of the enlisted body.”

Today’s Order of the Sword ceremonies are modeled on ceremonies first performed in the 1500s. a sword as a symbol of truth, justice and power legitimately used.

This ceremony became known as the Royal Order of the Sword. It spanned the ages, arriving in the United States around the time of the Revolutionary War. The old ceremony was later revised and adopted by Air Force NCOs in 1967.

No other branch of the military honors its leaders in this way, and the Order of the Sword is the highest honor and tribute the Air Force Enlisted Corps can bestow upon an individual.

“I am honored to receive one of Air Force Pride’s highest commendations; the largest enlisted force in the world,” Webb said. “I would like to thank all of the Airmen who have led me this far today, without your demonstration of core values ​​and innovative mindsets and contributions to the Air Force, I would not be able to receive this prestigious honor today. today.”

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