Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Two New American Citizens

On Veteran's Day, 2009, two soldiers from the 41st IBCT became American citizens. The ceremony was held in the Al-Faw palace on Camp Victory, Iraq. Beneath an immense flag, the new citizens (157 total) were celebrated for their contribution to the United States as Soldiers.

As part of the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. gave each participant a coin and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Frank A. Grippe presented each with a flag to both honor the new citizens and to signify the event. The Soldiers were sworn in by the Field Office Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services from Rome.

The 2009 naturalization ceremony is the 15th such event to be held in Iraq. All total, over 1,300 Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors have become American Citizens while on deployment to Iraq.

Specialist Dieter (Philippines) and Specialist Meza (Guatemala) are the newest Americans citizens from the 41st IBCT.

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