When Joe Cardona came over to the collected media after Monday's practice outside of Gillette Stadium, he walked over in full uniform. This was not his Patriots uniform, however. This was what he wears to his other job.
Cardona, the Patriots' long snapper and an ensign in the U.S. Navy, performed a reenlistment ceremony for two fellow naval members outside of the Patriots' practice.
"They're signing up for a few more years of service, and when they asked me to perform the re-enlistment, I jumped at the opportunity," Cardona said. "Along with that, when I mentioned it to the organization that they have someone interested in doing a reenlistment, these are the dates that it falls under -- it's something that they jumped on board and said, 'We are going to make it a special opportunity for the member.' And I think it made it a special opportunity for everyone out here today."
After practicing with the special teams unit all day, Cardona walked off the field to go over the words to the ceremony and change into his uniform. To Cardona, the uniform change was a fun part of the day.
"I just felt like all I needed was a phone booth to get it done fast," Cardona said.
"To have the backing of the organization and the players coming on their own as well as the players for Jacksonville to come out and be a part of the reenlistment ceremony, it really meant a lot to me," Cardona said. "(The two naval members) are the ones that are signing up for more service and they're the ones who really deserve that kind of recognition on a day like this where they're raising their right hand and promising to serve and defend the constitution."
It's not Cardona's first time taking part in a reenlistment ceremony. He performed two ceremonies earlier this year at the Patriots' Hall of Fame. Monday was a special opportunity, however, because it got the rest of the team involved.
As for what's next for Cardona, obviously there will be more competing and more long snapping in his near future. He is not about to look past training camp though. He's a Patriot, after all.
"You know, we're just focused on one thing at a time," Cardona said with a smile.
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.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
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Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.