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By Christine Rosalin
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Commander U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg welcomed 98 naturalized American citizens during a Naturalization Ceremony on board the Battleship Missouri Memorial July 3, 2013.
The admiral and Sen. Mazie Hirono served as guest speakers at the ceremony that was attended by more than 150 family and friends who witnessed the event.
"Today's ceremony on the eve of July fourth couldn't be more fitting and appropriate to welcome our newest fellow Americans here in Oahu," Muilenburg said. "It brings me great joy and inspiration to be among you and to experience your oath of citizenship."
Of the 98 newly naturalized U.S. citizens from 27 countries, six of them were military service members. "Today, we not only welcome our newest American citizens, but I have the distinct honor of welcoming our fellow Americans who are military comrades with whom I am proud to serve," Muilenburg said.
During his remarks, Muilenburg praised the members of our military for raising their right hands and taking an oath to serve our nation.
"I commend you for your dedicated service to our U.S. military and our nation," Muilenburg said. "As America's military force, we are deployed around the world, around the clock. And we will continue to maintain a robust presence here in the Pacific. Your personal and professional knowledge will help us adapt to and address new threats and challenges. Your diverse background and talents will enhance our U.S. military power."
Since September 2002, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service has naturalized more than 89,000 members of the military, with more than 10,000 of those service members becoming citizens during USCIS naturalization ceremonies in 28 countries.