US Soldiers Sign Up Again On Veterans Holiday
Nearly 300 servicemembers stationed across Iraq gathered at Holt Stadium here Tuesday to re-enlist in what officials said is the largest mass re-enlistment in the base’s history.
After helicopter and convoy movements and rehearsals, 274 servicemembers swore oaths to defend their country again.
“We gather today to remind ourselves that our mission as fighting men and women must continue,” Army Brig. Gen. Michael Lally, commander of 3rd Sustainment Command and the host for the event, said. “To continue, we must have those that are willing, able and are inspired to raise their hands again and again to be counted with those that came before them.”
The Servicemembers were excited to be able to take the oath on the national Veteran’s Day Holiday. Many of the fighting men and woman had been asked to wait, for their enlistment ran out within the last two months.
The number of men and woman that choose to reinlist that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan has remained steady, despite the typical trend one might expect. There is a large level of patriotism and esprite de corps among the personnel that are serving in Iraq.
Many of the Servicemembers took the oath with members of their families able to watch at home, as the event was broadcast to several different military installations back stateside.