News Icon

News: Rough Riders become U.S. citizens

Story by Sgt. Shannon BlackSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Rough Riders become U.S. citizens Sgt. Shannon Black

From left to right: Spc. Eduardo Reyes, from Guayaquil, Ecuador; Spc. Rosemarie Narvaez, from Subic-Zambales, Phillipines; Pfc. Dianne Hurtado, from Quito, Ecuador; and Pfc. Grace Wanjie, from Nairobi, Kenya, Soldiers with 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, became U.S. citizens during a ceremony held at al-Faw Palace on Camp Victory in Baghdad recently.

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – Four U.S. Soldiers became American citizens during a ceremony at al-Faw Palace on Camp Victory in Baghdad recently.

Pfc. Grace Wanjie, assigned to the 'Rough Riders' 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was one of 250 men and women from 65 countries sworn in by Lt. Gen Lloyd Austin, Multi-National Corps – Iraq commander.

"It felt like a new day had dawned for me, and a new chapter had opened in my life," said Wanjie, a native of Nairobi, Kenya. "It was a dream come true because this means that I have access to the privileges that Americans have. Serving in the military and having the right to vote in America, which is the greatest country in the whole world, gives me a sense of pride and honor."

Wanjie successfully completed the long process along with three of her fellow 27th BSB battle buddies; Spc. Eduardo Reyes, Spc. Rosemarie Narvaez and Pfc. Dianne Hurtado also received their citizenship.

By joining the Army, they instantly became eligible for U.S. citizenship four years earlier than those who do not serve.

After the ceremony, Wanjie shared the experience with her family members by calling them in Kenya.

"When I called them, they were so overjoyed, and my dad told me that I was like an open door for my other siblings," said Wanjie. "He told me to make sure that as soon as I get home, I should fly the flag that was given to me during the ceremony because it represents the country that I now belong to."

When the Rough Rider Battalion's newest American citizens return to Fort Hood, Texas, in a few months, they'll be stepping off the plane in a country they serve and can now say they're citizens of.


Connected Media
ImagesRough Riders become...
From left to right: Spc. Eduardo Reyes, from Guayaquil,...


Web Views
213
Downloads
205

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Rough Riders become U.S. citizens, by SGT Shannon Black, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.01.2009

Date Posted:04.01.2009 04:14

Location:TALLIL, IQGlobe

News Tags

No tags found.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr