The U.S. Army, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, hosted a naturalization ceremony for ten U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 1st Infantry Division (1ID) at Poznan, Poland, March 29, 2022. The ceremony acknowledged the completion of becoming citizens of the United States.
The Soldiers became U.S. citizens while deployed in Poland in direct support of Atlantic Resolve. Two soldiers from two different countries belong to the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
They are Pfc. Kayla V. Akbavor, a field artillery crew member originally from Nigeria assigned to Delta Battery and Spc. Vinay Patel, a unit supply specialist originally from India assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery.
The soldiers recited the oath of allegiance during the ceremony, a sworn declaration that every citizenship applicant must recite during a formal ceremony to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.