National Protocol Officer Week

March 26 – April 1, 2017

Picture Perfect Protocol - Protocol Memories of a Lifetime

This week recognizes protocol officers - the trusted advisers who plan and orchestrate international VIP visits, meetings, ceremonies and special events for the military, government, academia and business world.

When Don Henley wrote the lyrics “People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry,” he probably never guessed the ever increasing prevalence of “dirty laundry” airing in today’s news cycles, especially when it comes to awkward or unflattering photography. But protocol officers who plan and orchestrate ceremonies, gift exchanges, presentations, international visits, meetings and special events stay focused on what is important – making their guests feel welcomed and capturing moments to remember. 

If a picture paints a thousand words, imagine what a photograph can mean to operational protocol.  “Protocol Officers might not take the photograph, but many have to help create the environment while managing media and photographers. The right photograph can capture the moment, stir our emotions and create a memory of a lifetime.” - Pamela Eyring, President

As part of National Protocol Officer Week, PSOW sponsored a “Picture Perfect Protocol: Protocol Memories of a Lifetime Contest,” for a student to win a complimentary tuition ($7,300.00 value) to any scheduled 2017 Protocol Officer Training. And the winner is.... Andrew Shoenig with “Picture (im)Perfect Protocol” Congratulations!