More than 40 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen participated in a Joint Re-enlistment and Promotion Ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial plaza in New York City during 2017 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 26.
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was offered to eligible service members serving at several commands, including USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Monterey (CG 61), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Public Affairs Detachment New York, USCG cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Zephyr (PC 8), and Carrier Strike Group Twelve.
Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, presided over the ceremony.
“There are two extraordinarily special places to take this oath. The first is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,” said Davidson. “This is the other place.”
Navy Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Emeka Igwe, a Pickerington High School North graduate and Pickerington, Ohio native, re-enlisted during the ceremony.
“The opportunity to reenlist, six more years, for this country is truly a great honor,” said Igwe said. “I would have never imagined when I enlisted in Sept 2006 that I would be making the military a career.”
The ceremony was viewed by hundreds of onlookers as Davidson raised his hand to re-enlist the sea service members.
“It is an honor to pledge the oath, it is an honor to stake our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor upon this country,” he said. “Look around here, no one will push us off this rock.”
FWNY, now in its 29th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984.