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Meet 19 Of America’s Newest Marines — And Naturalized US Citizens
For 19 young men and women, earning the title United States Marine was just one of their crowning achievements this month. The other: becoming U.S. citizens.
After demonstrating their knowledge of the English language and American civics, 16 men and three women took the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and became U.S. citizens, during a July 13 naturalization ceremony at Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The following day, they graduated and were minted Marines.
“For these Marines, today's naturalization ceremony represents their final step in their journey to American citizenship,” Brenda Washington of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a Department of Defense statement. “Their path to citizenship is especially remarkable because they first pledge themselves to support and defend the United States before choosing to become American citizens.”
Here are the 19 new devil dogs who recently earned the title of U.S. citizen:
Pvt. Daniel Ramirez Rodriguez from Cullman, Alabama, was born in Mexico.
Pfc. Ambar N. Zaiek Parades, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is originally from the Dominican Republic.
Pvt. Waylon F. LaFrance was born in Canada, and hails from Hogansburg, New York.
Pfc. Dang H. Doung, from Warren, Michigan, was born in Vietnam.
Pvt. Jhonatan A. Velarde, from Newark, New Jersey, was born in Ecuador.
Pvt. Carlos L. Espana Palencia from Lehigh Acres, Florida, was born in Guatemala.
Pvt. Zetian Ni, from Pittsburgh, was born in China.
Pvt. Annalice M. Daley of Baltimore was born in Jamaica.
Pfc. Rodrigo M. Malpartida from Ossining, New York, was born in Peru.
Pvt. Khalid M. Ngwegwe from Greenbelt, Maryland, was born in Tanzania.
Pvt. Kervin Stcyr, from Brooklyn, New York, is originally from Haiti.
Pfc. Ariel Castillo, from Miami, was born in Cuba.
Born in Mexico, Pfc. Dulce F. Manriquez hails from Tuscon, Arizona.
Pvt. Jean Malhado from Secaucus, New Jersey, was born in Brazil.
Pvt. Yongchang Gao, from New York, was born in China.
Pfc. Daniel A. Guzman hails from New York, and was born in the Dominican Republic.
Born in Haiti, Pfc. Serdjhy Leger, hails from Orlando, Florida.
Pvt. Juan C. Rosales Guerin, from Miami was born in Mexico.
Born in Peru, Pvt. Julian R. Torres, is from Fort Pierce, Florida.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.
Frances and Efrain Santiago, natives of Puerto Rico, wanted to show their support last month for protesters back home seeking to oust the island's governor.
The couple flew the flag of Puerto Rico on the garage of their Kissimmee home. It ticked off the homeowners association.
Someone from the Rolling Hills Estates Homeowners Association left a letter at their home, citing a "flag violation" and warning: "Please rectify the listed violation or you may incur a fine."
Frances Santiago, 38, an Army veteran, demanded to know why.
A West Point graduate received a waiver from the U.S. Army to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, and play in the NFL while serving as an active-duty soldier.
The waiver for 2nd Lt. Brett Toth was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said that Toth signed a three-year deal with the Eagles. Toth graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2018.