USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- A Sailor deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) had a rare opportunity to re-enlist Sept. 11 in the presence of his significant other during a recent port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.
While operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Machinist Mate 2nd Class Adam Foster was reunited with his wife, Zabina, after nearly four months apart.
Adam originally planned on re-enlisting while the ship was underway but decided to make the experience more personal by waiting until a port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates so his wife could be by his side.
"I didn't plan for my re-enlistment to fall on Sept. 11th. It's just kind of how fate worked it out. I got a really good feeling because I am taking a dark day in our history and trying to bring some good out of it," said Foster.
After a 22-hour flight to Jebel Ali to spend time with her husband, Zabina was escorted to the ship's museum for Foster's re-enlistment ceremony.
"Being here for Adam's re-enlistment was the best surprise ever. For him to include me in this ceremony really made me feel like I'm an important part of his career," said Zabina.
Lt. Cmdr. Ray Glenn, Foster's re-enlisting officer, presented Zabina with a certificate of appreciation for her support of her husband's career.
"Family is really important, especially during deployment, and without their support some Sailors would find being away from home harder than it already is," said Glenn. "Re-enlisting is not an easy decision. It's a life decision that affects the entire family."
Foster said that having Zabina present, coupled with the magnitude of the anniversary of 9/11 and ongoing operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, made the re-enlistment especially meaningful.
"I am re-enlisting with the two symbols of why I serve: my wife, who is one of the biggest reasons why I chose to re-enlist, and the pride I take from serving my country and defending it from all threats," said Foster. "I re-enlisted to continue to provide an exceptional life for my wife and to do my part in ensuring that the events that took place on 9/11 never happen again."
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