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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sailors Renew Commitment to the Country at World Trade Center Site

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) W. B. Swoboda

May 27, 2010 - NEW YORK (NNS) -- A promotion and reenlistment ceremony was held at the World Trade Center (WTC) site for Sailors of all ranks participating in Fleet Week New York City 2010 May 27.

During the ceremony, six commissioned officers received a promotion, and more than a dozen Sailors from various commands participating in Fleet Week were reenlisted by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Adm. Mark S. Boensel.

"It's a privilege to be here at the World Trade Center," said Boensel. "It is an honor to do this today, and of all places this site which is now synonymous in America, to have Sailors agree to renew the commitment to the nation."

The 20 Sailors reenlisting and six officers receiving their promotion had family and friends on hand to witness this special time in their careers.

"Reenlisting for the first time; at this site, is a reaffirmation of my commitment to my country, family and friends," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Lashaunda Guy, of Cleveland, stationed aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). "Being a HM, I was touched to reenlist at the World Trade Center Site." Guy hopes to receive orders overseas to Europe for next duty station.

Fleet Week New York is an annual celebration of the sea services that began in 1984. It provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, firsthand, the latest capabilities of today's maritime services.

Approximately 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are participating in the 23rd commemoration of Fleet Week New York, which continues through June 2.

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