Air Force daughter re-ups Army mother aboard Navy ship

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photos by Lt. Col. Jamie Cogbill, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion Commander FORD ISLAND, Hawaii ÑÊ2nd Lt. Samantha Matlock-Williams administers the oath of re-enlistment to her mother Sgt. Deannie Lew, from Seattle, Wa., a Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator from Company A, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade re-enlist. The mother and daughter held the ceremony aboard the USS Missouri, Jan. 28. 2nd Lt. Matlock-Williams is an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force, National Reconnaissance Operations.

Photo by Lt. Col. Jamie Cogbill, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion
Lt. Samantha Matlock-Williams administers the oath of re-enlistment to her mother Sgt. Deannie Lew, Company A, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade  aboard the USS Missouri, Jan. 28.

Capt. George Gurrola and Sgt. Shan’Draya Rutherford
205th Military Intelligence Battalion
500th MI Brigade

FORT SHAFTER — Retaining high-quality Soldiers is a mission for the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion; however, re-enlistments are nothing new.

Still, it is not every day that a re-enlisting noncommissioned officer’s administering officer is her very own daughter.

Sgt. Deannie Lew, MI systems maintainer/integrator from Company A, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Brigade, held a re-enlistment ceremony aboard the battleship U.S.S Missouri, Jan. 28.

Lew, a mid-career Soldier from Seattle, Wash., wanted her re-enlistment to be about family, fulfilling a long-term goal and providing a junior officer the experience of a lifetime.

Air Force 2nd Lt. Samantha Matlock-Williams, intelligence officer, National Reconnaissance Operations, and Lew’s daughter, traveled 4,000 miles to support her mother.

“As a parent you want your child to do better than you. Now, look at my daughter,” Lew said. “She is a commissioned officer and re-enlisting me.”

Two years ago, Lew rendered the first salute to Matlock-Williams when she was commissioned.

“My first re-enlistment was very special to me, and it was really nice to share these junior officer milestones with my mother,” Matlock-Williams said.

Also present at the re-enlistment ceremony was a small group of Alpha Co. Soldiers, battalion commander Lt. Col. James Cogbill, Command Sgt. Maj. David Brasher, and the Co. A command team of Capt. Zachary Watson and 1st Sgt. James Ewald. Their mentorship and guidance resulted in Sgt. Lew completing a long-term goal of serving in Korea.

“This was such an incredible and beautiful moment. I am happy that my section and command team were available to share it with me,” said Sgt. Lew.

The re-enlistment involving family, command support and coordination with two different branches of the armed services is representative of the joint environment and relationships fostered in the Pacific.

The 205th MI Bn. retention team has led the way in re-enlisting and successfully transitioning highly-qualified Soldiers.

(Editor’s note: Gurrola is the public affairs officer and Sgt. Shan’Draya Rutherford is the battalion retention NCO for the 205th MI.)

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