FORT A.P. HILL, Va.--Sgt. Christopher J. Watson II, reenlisted on a cold-blustery day at the headquarters complex here.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle administered the oath to Watson, as Watson's family looked on.

Dargle said he was surprised when Watson asked him to reenlist him but he was happy to do so.

"It is truly an honor to retain such a fine NCO and I gladly support him and his family's decision to stay in the Army," Dargle said.

Dargle presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Watson's wife, Sara Lynette, for her continued support of the Army Mission.

Watson, a combat medic, said garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Keith R. Whitcomb helped him decide to continue his service in the Army.

"I would like to thank CSM Whitcomb for taking the time to sit down with me and go over the future opportunities the Army had for me," Watson said. "He is the reason I re-enlisted."

Watson has been in the Army for more than four years. In that time he deployed to Iraq from 2010-2011. His next assignment is at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.