Kandahar Naturalization Ceremony Part 1

By Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentOctober 8, 2010

The American Flag on display along with the U.S. military branch flags during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. There were members from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy among the 88 servicemembers becoming U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
1 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The American Flag on display along with the U.S. military branch flags during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. There were members from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy among the 88 servicemembers becoming U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Brig. Gen. Reynold Hoover, commander of Joint Support Command - Afghanistan, introduces the keynote speaker, Army Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale, deputy commander of support for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
2 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Brig. Gen. Reynold Hoover, commander of Joint Support Command - Afghanistan, introduces the keynote speaker, Army Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale, deputy commander of support for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Marine Sgt. Karol Lipinski, a native of Poland, salutes the American Flag during the National Anthem for the last time as a non-U.S. citizen at Kandahar Airfield during a naturalization ceremony, Oct. 1. During the ceremony, Lipinski, along with 87 other U.S. servicemembers, took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens.
3 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Marine Sgt. Karol Lipinski, a native of Poland, salutes the American Flag during the National Anthem for the last time as a non-U.S. citizen at Kandahar Airfield during a naturalization ceremony, Oct. 1. During the ceremony, Lipinski, along with 87 other U.S. servicemembers, took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan salute the American Flag during the National Anthem for a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1.  During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens in an active combat zone.
4 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan salute the American Flag during the National Anthem for a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens in an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan salute the American Flag during the National Anthem for a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1.  During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens in an active combat zone.
5 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan salute the American Flag during the National Anthem for a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens in an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
The official party arrives during the naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. (From left to right) Army Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale, Army Brig. Gen. Reynold Hoover, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Clark R. Kinder and Mr. Steve Bucher presented the Certificates of Naturalization to each of the 88 servicemembers who became U.S. citizens at the ceremony.
6 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The official party arrives during the naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. (From left to right) Army Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale, Army Brig. Gen. Reynold Hoover, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Clark R. Kinder and Mr. Steve Bucher presented the Certificates of Naturalization to each of the 88 servicemembers who became U.S. citizens at the ceremony. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Eighty-eight Certificates of Naturalization sit in front of the flag display during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. There were members from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy among the 88 servicemembers becoming U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
7 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Eighty-eight Certificates of Naturalization sit in front of the flag display during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. There were members from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy among the 88 servicemembers becoming U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Pfc. Paul Fernandez-Cortez, a native of Mexico, waves an American Flag during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. Fernandez officially became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony along with 87 other U.S. military servicemember men and women from 37 different countries.
8 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Pfc. Paul Fernandez-Cortez, a native of Mexico, waves an American Flag during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. Fernandez officially became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony along with 87 other U.S. military servicemember men and women from 37 different countries. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Pfc. Steeve Fenelon, a native of Haiti, waves an American Flag during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. Fenelon, a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, officially became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony along with 87 other U.S. military servicemember men and women from 37 different countries.
9 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Pfc. Steeve Fenelon, a native of Haiti, waves an American Flag during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. Fenelon, a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, officially became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony along with 87 other U.S. military servicemember men and women from 37 different countries. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Pfc. Irma Perez Padilla, a native of Mexico, and Army Pfc. Nhan Pham, a native Vietnam, read the ceremony program during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. Perez and Pham both became U.S. citizens during the ceremony and are Soldiers serving on active duty in an active combat zone.
10 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Pfc. Irma Perez Padilla, a native of Mexico, and Army Pfc. Nhan Pham, a native Vietnam, read the ceremony program during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. Perez and Pham both became U.S. citizens during the ceremony and are Soldiers serving on active duty in an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
A U.S. Army Soldier holds The Citizen's Almanac and an American Flag before taking the Oath of Allegiance and becoming a U.S. citizen, during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
11 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier holds The Citizen's Almanac and an American Flag before taking the Oath of Allegiance and becoming a U.S. citizen, during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Richard, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan gather at Kandahar Airfield for a naturalization ceremony, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
12 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan gather at Kandahar Airfield for a naturalization ceremony, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan gather at Kandahar Airfield for a naturalization ceremony, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of the U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
13 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan gather at Kandahar Airfield for a naturalization ceremony, Oct. 1. During the ceremony 88 men and women, from various branches of the U.S. military service, became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan raise their hand in order to signify that they will soon be U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. A total of 88 servicemembers became citizens during the ceremony. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone.
14 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Servicemembers from areas of operation around Afghanistan raise their hand in order to signify that they will soon be U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1. A total of 88 servicemembers became citizens during the ceremony. The ceremony was the first of its kind held at Kandahar Airfield, an active combat zone. (Photo Credit: Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL