Warriors re-enlist en mass aboard Mighty Mo

| January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen stationed on the island of Oahu stand under the main turret of the USS Missouri rendering arms to the U.S. flag before reciting the Oath of Enlistment in honor of the 71st anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, here, Dec. 7, 2012. [Photo by Spc. Jacob Kohrs, 311th Signal Command (Theater)]

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen stationed on the island of Oahu stand under the main turret of the USS Missouri rendering arms to the U.S. flag before reciting the Oath of Enlistment in honor of the 71st anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, here, Dec. 7, 2012. [Photo by Spc. Jacob Kohrs, 311th Signal Command (Theater)]

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Crista Mary Mack
311th Signal Command (Theater)

PEARL HARBOR — Fifty-four Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines gathered together on the deck of the USS Missouri, here, raised their right hands in unison and simultaneously rededicated themselves to the armed forces of the United States.

This mass re-enlistment aboard the USS Missouri was even more significant as it occurred on the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, at the very epicenter of the attack.

“To me, it was an honor to be able to re-enlist on Dec. 7th, not just because of the significance of what happened on that day, but also because the war ended on the USS Missouri,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Berg, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. “I not only got to re-enlist on the anniversary of the day that the war started, but also at the place where the war ended,” Berg said. “It’s something that I will be able to tell my kids and grandkids.”

At such a historical event, in such a historical place, Berg found her participation to be a part of her own personal timeline of events.

“It was a way for me to honor the service members that we lost that day, but also, in doing so, made it a part of my own history,” said Berg.

The event was organized by a group effort across the services for retention.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Ted Kresge, vice commander, Pacific Air Forces, administered the oath of re-enlistment. Following the ceremony, Kresge shook hands with the participants and thanked them.

“It was very humbling to stand here on this day of infamy,” said Staff Sgt. Adam Haines, 396th Signal Co., 516th Signal Brigade “Raising your right hand and reaffirming that you will support and defend this country just feels good.”

Other Soldiers spoke about re-enlisting not as an individual, but also as a team at a joint service event..

“I feel pretty privileged, especially coming together with all the other military services,” said Sgt. Andra Suarez, 552nd Military Police Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.

The USS Missouri, permanently docked at Ford Island in the center of Pearl Harbor, was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan in Tokyo Bay during a ceremony Sept. 2, 1945.

“The Japanese Instrument of Surrender,” the document signed, officially ended the war with Japan. The battleship has been docked at Pearl Harbor since 1998.

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