ST. LOUIS – Twenty Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Mid America Future Sailors were sworn in during an oath-taking ceremony at Busch Stadium in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2021.
More than 80 recruits from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as several recruiters from each military branch, arrived at Busch Stadium in the occasion of the vicennial anniversary of September 11.
“I am more than honest to be here to represent the US Navy,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Sierra Clark, a recruiter assigned to NTAG Mid America. “I think it’s amazing that all branches have come together to commemorate and honor such an important day.
Shortly after clearing the security gates, rookies and scouts made their way to the batter’s eye for the swearing-in ceremony. As they made their way through the stands, they were greeted by the cheers of a supportive crowd who applauded and waved.
Already in sight of the batter’s eye were about 30 members of the St. Louis Police and Fire Department, holding an oversized American flag.
After training according to the respective military branches, US Army Major General Heidi Hoyle, Commanding General of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, took the enlistment oath.
Hoyle, who commanded in 1994, was the executive officer of the 242nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the official name used by the U.S. government for the war global campaign against terrorism after September 11. attacks have taken place. While supporting the OEF, Hoyle and her EOD soldiers had the critical mission of locating and defeating improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, keeping troops out of harm’s way.
On the other side of the spectrum, future sailor Kiara Moore, who attended the swearing-in ceremony, was born around the same time Hoyle was deployed to Afghanistan. Although Moore came into the world after the events of September 11, she still understands the importance of never forgetting those who perished.
“Even though it happened years before my time, I still feel deeply saddened,” Moore said. “My heart goes out to all the friends and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I hope no one will ever forget.
A great call to service came after 9/11, with people enlisting to defend the freedom of their nation. Now that 20 years have passed since then, this staff will be retiring shortly, leaving room for new staff to lead the way for the next 20 years.
However, that does not mean that September 11 will be forgotten. The new generation of sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and coast guards understand all that has happened. They also understand how America not only cried together… but healed together as well. And they are ready to defend America, like those who came before them.
“I know taking the oath today means I’m a part of something bigger now,” Moore said. “It’s up to us now. So, with my brothers and sisters in arms, I will lead the fight against our enemies, so that tragedies like September 11 never happen again.
NTAG Mid America, part of Navy Recruiting Command, recruits the next generation of Navy sailors from regions encompassing Missouri, Kansas, central and southern Illinois, and part of Kentucky.
|Date posted:||09.11.2021 23:53|
|Site:||ST. LOUIS, Missouri, United States|
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