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    Family promotion in Norway

    Family Promotion in Norway

    Photo By Cpl. Camila Melendez | U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Thanh Nguyen with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Camila Melendez 

    II MEF Information Group

    VAERNES, Norway – Exercise Trident Juncture 18, a NATO-led exercise taking place here, includes more than 50,000 participants from 31 Allied and partner nations.

    Two of those participants are a father and son from Dodge City, Kansas, who have both taken a path to service in the Corps.

    U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for six years, until his process to migrate to the U.S. was completed at the age of eight.

    “I came to the states in the late 80’s,” says Master Sgt. Nguyen. “My parents were immigrants from Vietnam and they were already in the U.S., so during that process, when I left Vietnam I was a toddler.”

    When he was 18, he got a phone call from a Marine Corps recruiter and left for boot camp soon after, leaving behind his unborn son, who would later be taking the same journey.

    Anthony Nguyen was born into the military culture, watching his father grow and succeed.

    Now, having a father with twenty-one years of experience in the Marine Corps, Cpl. Nguyen says that without his father’s guidance, he would not be the Marine he is today.

    “I’m really blessed to have him as my dad,” says Cpl. Anthony Nguyen. ”I’m grateful to him for the Marine Corps, because he has supported me the entirety of my life.”

    Cpl. Nguyen was promoted to the rank of corporal during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 and had the privilege of having his father present during the ceremony.

    “I’m honored and privileged,” said Master Sgt. Nguyen. “It’s very unique that we are able to serve at the same time and participate in a major exercise like this.”

    As the promotion warrant was read, Master Sgt. Nguyen stood behind his son waiting to pin him with his new rank.

    “I’m proud of him, he definitely deserved the promotion,” said Master Sgt. Nguyen. “I congratulated him, I told him he has a lot on his shoulders now, and that he needs to lead by example.”

    Now, as a new noncommissioned officer, Cpl. Nguyen can keep in mind all of the knowledge he has gained from his experienced father.



    Date Taken: 11.02.2018
    Date Posted: 11.06.2018 07:49
    Story ID: 298914
    Hometown: DODGE CITY, KS, US

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