Retirement Ceremony : RAF Lakenheath

Picture it, a warm Wednesday afternoon in England. One of the last few days we have before the winter rain season sets in. I get a message from my friend Sean asking if I am available to photograph a retirement ceremony...on Friday. Luckily the husband had the day off so I quickly agreed and started wondering what I had gotten myself into.

I arrived a bit early to see what I was working with. Shooting on base doesn't always provide for the best lighting situations, there are a lot of buildings with fluorescent lighting and no windows. Luckily this wasn't one of those situations. Two giant garage doors open and windows down the entire right side. Thank you lighting gods! 

After shaking hands with the official ceremony party members I got to work taking detail shots of what the retiring SMSgt was to receive during the ceremony. There is something so wonderful and meaningful about seeing these items close up, knowing that they tell a story of this mans 24 year Air Force career. 

An appropriately named homebrew, made by Ronnie himself.

An appropriately named homebrew, made by Ronnie himself.

The amount of respect and admiration that this man has from his peers is unbelieveable. Before the ceremony started I had the opportunity to speak with his friend of his who decided he should be there for his buddy, and flew in from NJ on three hours notice. 

Cross oceans for people.

Cross oceans for people.

Congratulates SMSgt Menges! Thank you for your service.