Father Reenlists Deployed Daughter Via Video Teleconference

Story Number: NNS100824-15Release Date: 8/24/2010 5:11:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonnie Hobby, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- A Sailor deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was reenlisted by her father via video teleconference Aug. 20.

Cmdr. Joe Simpkins, stationed at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Fleet, in Pearl Harbor, reenlisted Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Amber Simpkins, of Carrier Strike Group 10.

"Anytime you can reenlist someone, it's a very special thing," said Joe. "To be able to reenlist your daughter is an even bigger honor. The fact that we can do this at sea shows how advanced our technology has become. This is a very special day for us."

"I'm glad he got to reenlist me," Amber said. "I know a lot of people worked hard to schedule the video conference and I appreciate it. I wouldn't have wanted to reenlist any other way."

Amber, who reenlisted for another six years, said that one of the factors in her decision to join the Navy was the success her father has been able to achieve in his naval career.

"He just showed me all the opportunities the Navy gives to its Sailors," she said. "When he was growing up, he didn't have a family or anything else to call his own. The Navy treated him well, and it's treating me the same way."

"When she joined, I didn't pressure her at all to make it a career," said Joe. "I expected her to serve honorably and answer the call of duty whenever the time came. I am very proud of her and I know she will continue to do a great job."

Also participating in the VTC were Amber's sister and stepmother. After the reenlistment, Amber got to spend a few precious moments catching up with her family and sharing some of her deployment experiences with them.

"She is making her family proud," Joe said. "As one Simpkins is winding down his career, another one is winding hers up. There will be a Simpkins in the U.S. Navy for many years to come."

"It was definitely a special thing," said Amber. "Every time I go on deployment my dad is just coming back from one, so I haven't really seen him in three years. It was really nice to be able to catch up with my family and see that they're doing well."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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