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Two FISC Sigonella Sailors become U.S. citizens.

Two seamen assigned to Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella's Rota site were among 20 individuals who were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Naval Station Rota.

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Commonly referred to as a citizenship ceremony, the event represented the final step in the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen for Logistics Specialist Seaman Kongchen Moua and Logistics Specialist Seaman Marvin Mario.

Much like a traditional re-enlistment ceremony, candidates raised their hands and swore "to support and defend the constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic."

President Barack Obama videotaped his congratulations to the newly sworn citizens. "As our newest Americans, all of you remind us just how precious our citizenship is; of how much it's worth and why it's worth protecting. You all remind us that citizenship is not just a collection of rights; it's also a set of responsibilities. America's success is not a gift, it is hard-won. It depends on each of us doing our part."

Moua was born in Laos and his family moved to Minnesota when he was 6 years old. His parents became naturalized citizens after he became an adult. When Moua joined the military, he also wanted to become a naturalized citizen.

"One of the main reasons I wanted to become an American citizen was that I can now say I serve my country," said Moua. Citizenship also opened some doors for Moua. For example, he can now serve on a nuclear-powered carrier.

Mario's reason for becoming a naturalized citizen was a little different. Born in the Philippines, he came to America when he was 25. When he received his green card, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His citizenship status slowed his security clearance and prevented him from handling registered mail, which is a significant roadblock for a logistics specialist. During visits to other places, his Philippines passport would often slow the clearance process.

In a congratulatory note to Moua and Mario, Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich, Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers said, "What makes this occasion special is your decision to not only live in this country, but to serve it as well. Your citizenship provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what being a citizen of the United States truly means."

These two junior Sailors are not FISC Sigonella-Rota's only naturalized citizens. Chief Logistics Specialist (SW) Hector Rivera celebrated his wife's citizenship in the same ceremony. Senior Chief Logistics Specialist (SW/AW) James Cachola, the site's senior enlisted leader, went through the arduous process to become a naturalized citizen earlier in his Navy career.

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Title Annotation:Around NAVSUP; Fleet and Industrial Supply Center
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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