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Special naturalization ceremony gives citizenship oath to 24 active military soldiers

LatinaLista — There was a very special naturalization ceremony today at the White House. All the people who became the country’s newest citizens are active-duty military personnel.
While there was a mix of countries represented, 11 of the 24 military personnel who are full citizens of the United States, hail from South America and Mexico and most of them came to this country as children younger than 5-years-of-age.
Each of these soldiers’ stories are unique and their new citizenship adds to the richness of the United States.
(Following the video are the brief bios of each of the 24 new citizens.)


Service members becoming American citizens:
Anthony Barber Agraviador, U.S. Army, SPC, E-4, Phillipines
Born in the Phillipines, Agraviador joined the U.S. Army in 2008. He is currently assigned to 335th Trans. Det. 24 BN in Fort Eustis.
Alex Almendras Burton, U.S. Army National Guard Reserve, Bolivia
Almendras entered the U.S. at the age of 11 in 1998. He is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard Reserve.
Priscella Decoda Beacher, U.S. Army, PFC, E-3, Jamaica
Born in Jamaica in 1987, Beacher immigrated as a child of a U.S. citizen in 2006. She is currently enlisted with the U.S. Army and is stationed at Fort Lee.
Carlyle Christophe Campbell, U.S. Navy, E-1, Jamaica
Born in Jamaica in 1977, Campbell immigrated as a spouse of a U.S. citizen in 2007. Mr. Campbell is currently serving in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in Norfolk.
Jeanne Ginette Ebongue Tapo, U.S. Navy, E-2, Personnel Specialist Seaman, Gabon
Born in Gabon, Africa, Ebongue joined the U.S. Navy in 2007. Her present command is the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
Ricardo Kelene Fender, U.S. Army, E-2, Jamaica
Fender entered the U.S. at the age of 18 in 2005 and was accepted into the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008.
Christian Karl Glenn, U.S. Coast Guard, E-5, Germany
Glenn entered the U.S. at the age of 3 in 1986 and serves in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Xaverie Caroline Hildebrandt, U.S. Army, E-4, Cameroon
Born in Cameroon, Hildebrandt entered the U.S. at the age of 17 in 1991. She joined ROTC in high school and then the U.S. Army.
Donaven Jack, U.S. Marine Corps, Sgt E-5, Micronesia
Born in Micronesia, Jack now serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Przemyslaw Lesniewica, U.S. Navy, E-3, Poland
Born in Poland, Lesniewica came to the U.S. to be part of a youth ministry in Wisconsin. He now serves in the U.S. Navy.
Juan Miguel Leyva Marrero, U.S. Marine Corps, L Corporal E-3, Cuba
Born in Cuba, Leyva entered the U.S. at the age of 15 in 2000 and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Anthony Marcus McKoy, U.S. Marine Corps, E-3, Guyana
Born in Guyana, McKoy entered the U.S. at the age of 10 in 1995 and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Nijinsky Orlando Mendez Belmonte, U.S. Navy, Airman Recruit, E-2, Bolivia
Mendez entered the U.S. at the age of 18 in 2007 and later joined the U.S. Navy.
Abdul Goffur Guillermo Mondol Romero, U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant, Nicaragua
Mondol entered the U.S. at the age of 5 in 1985 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001.
Alejandro Nunez, U.S. Navy, E-5, Mexico
Nunez is the son of migrant field workers in Mexico. He joined the U.S. Navy after a recruiter came to his high school.
Chryshann Pierre, U.S. Army, Specialist, Bahamas
Pierre entered the U.S. at the age 9 in 1990. She serves in the U.S. Army and will apply for a warrant officer position once she becomes a citizen.
Leonardo Porras, U.S. Navy, Colombia
Porras was born in Colombia in 1973. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2003 and is currently stationed at Little Creek Amphibious Base.
Jose Miguel Quijano, U.S. Marine Corps, PFC, Peru
Born in Peru, Quijano entered the U.S. at the age of 11 in 2000. He later joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Hazzell Abigail Ramos, U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal, Nicaragua
Ramos came to the U.S. at the age of six and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Jorge Fancisco Sifuentos Velasco, U.S. Army, PFC, E-3, El Salvador
Born in El Salvador, Sifuentos moved to Louisiana at a young age. He later joined the U.S. Army.
Eder Asael Valle Hernandez, U.S. Navy, NE-3, Mexico
Valle entered the U.S. at the age of 2 in 1990. He later joined the U.S. Navy.
Armel Possi Yepmo, U.S. Air Force, Cameroon
Born in Cameroon, Yepmo entered the U.S. at the age of 26 in 2008. He serves in the U.S. Air Force.
Can Yurdagul, U.S. Army National Guard, Turkey
Born in Turkey, Yurdagul entered the U.S. at the age of 11 in 2000. He joined ROTC and now serves in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Jeonathan Ezequiel Zapata, U.S. Navy, NE-4, Nicaragua
Zapata entered the U.S. at the age of 9 in 1996. He later joined the U.S. Navy.

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