Monday, November 29, 2021

WATCH NOW: Three Soldiers Become US Citizens at Fort McCoy

Private First Class Ivy Marciano, PFC Noor Jawadi and Specialist Lai come from three different countries with three different cultures, but now they have one thing in common: they’re American citizens.

The trio took the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony held at Fort McCoy on Thursday. He became an American while temporarily stationed at Fort McCoy as part of Operation Alliance Welcome, which is assisting Afghan migrants traveling to the United States after ending their 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan. Is.

“You are as American as any family that has been here for hundreds of years,” said district director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Mick Dedwukz. “We don’t care where you’re from; we care who you are. Welcome to the American family.”

Jawadi was born in Afghanistan. He left for Iran at a young age before returning to Afghanistan. From there, he fled to Malaysia and Singapore, where he lived in orphanages before coming to the United States in 2015.

He had joined the army 15 months ago and was commissioned as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist at the 44th Chemical Company. He has also worked as a translator.

“America saved my life,” said Jawadi. “I feel appreciated.”

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As an immigrant, Jawadi takes great satisfaction in his work.

“I am happy because I see so many kids who remind me of myself, and now I know they have a bright future,” he said.

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Marciano is from the Philippines. That’s part of the description that handles the day-to-day needs of newly arrived immigrants, including immigration processing and accompanying immigrants on hospital visits.

She came to the US in 2014 and is optimistic about her potential as a US citizen.

“There are so many opportunities and freedoms, and you meet awesome people,” she said.

These are from China. He is a supply clerk who assists daily in ordering and picking up consumer products. He ensures that more than 1,700 Afghan immigrants receive daily necessities such as shampoo, soap, razors, baby formula, diapers, feminine hygiene products and lotions.

Dedvukj said that “it takes courage to get up and give up what you have and come to a country you don’t know in hopes of a better life for yourself and your family.”

He said joining the military takes that commitment a step further.

“As members of the military, you go beyond that,” said Deadwukz. “You are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of a nation, until this moment was entirely yours.”

About 300 soldiers participated in this ceremony. After the ceremony, everyone left their seats to shake hands with their newly-born American teammates. Marciano was impressed by the reaction of his fellow soldiers.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “I didn’t expect it. It was really great to see all those guys coming down.”

La Crosse Tribune reporter Steve Rundio can be reached at [email protected]


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