Students Experience Naval Tradition

Story Number: NNS100617-16Release Date: 6/17/2010 3:00:00 PM
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By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Students got a rare glimpse into the longstanding naval tradition of reenlistment at Starbase-Atlantis, Naval Base Kitsap May 27.

Students from the Concordia Lutheran and Peace Lutheran local schools experienced first-hand the honor, courage, and commitment of men and women in uniform.

For one young student it was especially exciting as she held up the Bible for Center for Security Forces Chief Fire Controlmen Thomas Masanotti's while he took the Oath of Enlistment.

Sheri Jusczcuk, fifth grade teacher at Peace Lutheran School, shared some student comments about the experience. One student named 'JR' who said, they [men and women in the Armed Forces] "were brave for being willing to serve our country and fight for our independence, at times putting their life on the line."

"It was an excited opportunity to give these students a rarely seen Navy ceremony," said Masanotti. "The tradition surrounding one's recommitment to serving his/her country is something very few outside the military have the opportunity to see first hand."

Upon concluding the ceremony, a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution was handed out to all the students.

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