CLEVELAND (NNS) -- The Navy's newest Sailors were sworn into the Navy in Cleveland at the WWII submarine USS Cod (SS 224) Aug. 29, by Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel.
Thirty-two delayed enlistment program members (DEPpers) took the enlistment oath, while supported by numerous family members and Sailors from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Cleveland. They were joined by four NOSC Sailors taking the oath to reenlist.
In town for Cleveland Navy Week, Harvey said he was pleased to be able to enlist the young men and women, and remarked specifically about the support each Sailor counts on to succeed, recognizing their families.
"Thank you to the families. They [the recruits] didn't get here on their own," he said. "It all starts with you, the family."
When asked what he was thinking about on the eve of his departure for boot camp, John Angelo, 21, of Painsville, Ohio, said, "I'm just very excited."
Angelo was leaving the following day for the Navy, and plans to serve as a storekeeper.
Suzann Capuozzo, Angelo's mother, also expressed her pride and excitement.
"I think this is such an experience. I'm all for the education, whatever the Navy has to offer," she said. "I am so proud of him."
Other family members echoed Capuozzo's sentiments as they proudly congratulated their Sailors after the ceremony.
The enlistment and reenlistment ceremonies were conducted during Cleveland Navy Week. They provided a chance for the DEPpers and their families to get a first taste of seeing the Navy come together, and for Clevelanders to observe that their own young people are serving in the armed forces and helping to keep them safe.
Navy Weeks are held throughout the United States to give Americans who live in cities without a significant Navy presence the opportunity to see their Navy firsthand. The Cleveland Navy Week features a performance by the Blue Angels, the Navy's F/A-18 flight simulator, the East Coast Explosive Ordnance Disposal Dive Tank, and a visit by the Commanding Officer and Sailors from USS Cleveland.
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