USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN76), at sea (NNS) -- Navy selective re-enlistment bonuses (SRB) totaling $1,604,156.04 were awarded to 147 USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors during a mass reenlistment ceremony on the flight deck Feb. 12.
As the group of 147 gathered on the flight deck to raise their right hand and take the oath of enlistment once again, hundreds of other Reagan Sailors showed up to witness the historic ceremony.
According to Senior Chief Navy Career Counselor (SW) Zachariah Phillips, Reagan's command career counselor and event organizer, all of the Sailors eagerly volunteered to take part in the event.
"My congratulations to all the Sailors who re-enlisted," said Phillips. "I truly appreciate their hard work, dedication and the decision they've made to continue their careers in the Navy. Our Sailors are nothing short of amazing every day, and I am proud to serve beside them."
Re-enlistments held between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12 allowed Reagan Sailors the opportunity to re-enlist under higher SRB levels, during a tax-free month, to maximize their SRB benefit, explained Phillips.
"I am re-enlisting today for pay reasons, but I know I'm making this a career. I enjoy the Navy," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Shanique Green, who was one of the Sailors who took part in the ceremony. "I'm trying to become an officer in the nurse corps."
"I'm re-enlisting for my family," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW) Gregory Johnson. "The Navy has been good to me, and it's been fun and rewarding."
Capt. Terry B. Kraft, Reagan's commanding officer, congratulated the group of Sailors not only for their award, but also for the sacrifices made each day while serving in the Navy. Kraft also took time to take a group photograph with the 147 Sailors and a large symbolic check showing the combined total of the SRBs.
"You've earned the SRB now, and you'll continue to earn it through your future service. What I'm most proud of, however, has nothing to do with SRB or taxes or anything else. It's that you're decided to stay a part of this great team, this great organization, this Navy," said Kraft. "You, with your re-enlistment choice, have demonstrated the willingness to give of yourself to a greater cause - the defense of our nation, and the defense of freedom around the globe."
Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7, administered the Oath of Re-enlistment, and added his own remarks of pride and congratulations.
"Your commitment, your belief in a better world and your service here on this ship in making that better world a reality is something that I could not be more proud of," said Miller.
Reagan is currently underway on its maiden deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and maritime security operations.
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