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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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier on Friday said Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, insisting that a planned "safe zone" will extend much further than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal.
On Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference, Army families had the opportunity to tell senior leaders exactly what was going on in their worlds — an opportunity that is, unfortunately, all too rare.
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A big stereotype surrounding U.S. service members and veterans is that they are defined only by their military service, from buying "Dysfunctional Veteran" t-shirts to playing hard-boiled, high-octane first-person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty (we honestly have no idea where anyone could get that impression).
But the folks at OSD (formerly called Operation Supply Drop), a non-profit veteran service organization that aims to help troops and vets connect with each other through free video games, service programs and other activities, recently found that most of the gamers they've served actually prefer less military-centric fare like sports games and fantasy RPGs.
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.
The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.
The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.
"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.
The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.