Volunteer Force Turns 30, Honolulu MEPS Holds Change of Command

Story Number: NNS030707-02Release Date: 7/7/2003 9:28:00 AM
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By Reuben Hilerio, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) marked the 30th anniversary of an all-volunteer force July 1 by swearing in 10 new enlistees and holding a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri.

The event was one of 64 ceremonies taking place across America, with young men and women stepped forward to enlist or reenlist in the military.

"Some say these accomplishments are amazing when one considers that the men and women that accomplished the monumental tasks did so voluntarily," said Rear Adm. Barry McCullough, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, of the military's achievements over the past 30 years. "These young men and women you see before you have chosen to join the military and represent the next generation of heroes. They are a living testament to the effectiveness of the all-volunteer force."

McCullough offered some tips to the new enlistees on what they may face as their time goes on in the military. "As I thought about this ceremony, I thought of the challenges you will face in your careers as compared to those that we've faced throughout mine. The world is a much different place than when I joined the Navy, and I promise you this, it'll be much different when you finish your career."

Following McCullough's administering the oath of enlistment aboard the Missouri, Honolulu MEPS held its change-of-command ceremony. In the ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Lance Davidson turned command over to Lt. Cmdr. Theresa Lewis.

Since December 2002, Davidson has been responsible for more than 30 civilian personnel and military members from several branches of service. Honolulu MEPS has enlistment responsibility for the Hawaiian Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federate States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the U.S. Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands and America Samoa.

For related news, visit the Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cnrh.

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