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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.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
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The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.
These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.