Tuesday, March 29, 2011

4 more years

Saturday was a big day. I bit the bullet and committed four more years of my life to spending at least one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year as a Navy Reservist. Seriously, deciding to reenlist was one of the hardest decisions of my life, right up there with deciding to go on a mission to Santiago, Chile and not marry the man to whom I was engaged. God works in mysterious ways, and I am meant to serve in the Navy Reserve for a few more years at least.

The fun part is that my good friend, newly commissioned Army Officer, 2Lt KGB, was my reenlisting officer. It was really cool to be a part of one of his first official acts as an officer as he delivered the enlistment oath and I repeated it back to him.

Each time I reenlist, it's a bit humbling to repeat the oath and re-commit to upholding and defending the Constitution. I always have a lump in my throat, because I love my country and really do believe in all the good things for which our country stands and the Constitution is basis for most of them.

"I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God. I swear (or affirm) that I am fully aware and fully understand the conditions under which I am enlisting." (Navy Enlisted Oath)

Once I repeated the oath, I signed my contract and thus renewed my contract for another four years. Here's to the next, and hopefully last, four years being as great as first 19 years. Go Navy!

 P.S. Thanks to all my lovely friends who came to the ceremony. It meant a lot to have your support.

P.P.S. I have more photos, and will share them when I am able. I still need to buy a new computer.


Tara said...

Glad you got that hard decision out of the way and you feel good about it. I'm proud of you and so are your nieces and hephews. They love to brage about what their Aunt Christine does with her life.

Angela said...

This is a huge decision, I didn't know you were contemplating this! Good on ya, keep us all posted on how this goes during the next 4 years:)