Saturday, July 20, 2024

Barksdale Airmen Become Citizens During Historic Naturalization Ceremony

by BIZ Magazine

Staff Report/Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune

A total of seven Airmen assigned to the 2d Bomb Wing (2d BW) became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony held at Barksdale Air Force Base (Hoban Hall) on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at 11 a.m.

“Thanks to the efforts of many, they now celebrate this occasion in a manner befitting its importance. Becoming citizens of a country with a constitution they have already taken an oath to support and defend. They get to do this among their comrades in arms, leaders in the community in which they live, and their family and friends. They take this oath on the base where they work and where they project the might of the United States daily,” said Col. Michael Maginness, 2d BW commander.

Barksdale Air Force Base hosted its first-ever naturalization ceremony in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, featuring U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, the Hon. Mark Hornsby. Judge Hornsby administered the oath of allegiance to the Airmen.

Shortly after taking the oath of allegiance, Airman 1st Class Imuzi Thompson said, “It was possibly the greatest moment in my life. I cannot express how grateful I am to be here. It is the greatest moment of my life to see all of my children at one of the best moments in my life.”

“I’m already privileged to be in the military. That’s already a dream come true. But this is another chapter for me. I am humbled to be a part of this great nation and to prove that I belong here,” he added.

Airmen who took the oath of allegiance include:

  • Senior Airman Kethelen Da Vitoria dos Santos, Brazil
  • Senior Airman Ramon Mitra, Philippines
  • Senior Airman Eli Sebastian, Indonesia
  • Airman 1st Class Daveika Hall, Jamaica
  • Airman 1st Class Tiffany Hennings, Jamaica
  • Airman 1st Class Christian Santos, Philippines
  • Airman 1st Class Imuzi Thompson, Jamaica

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