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EVENT: Mass Re-enlistment

SPEAKER: COL-P Akin, 3 d ESC COMMANDER

DATE/LOCATION: 27 FEB 2010, LSV

Good afternoon Soldiers, fellow Service

members of the Joint Logistics Command Haiti.

Thank you for attending this historic ceremony and

first-ever mass-reenlistment for the 3 rd ESC on

water!

Sergeants Major Tennant and Thomas the

Soldiers and vessel look great today and I thank you

for that.

I’d like to recognize a behind the scenes Soldier

whose determination, grit, and hard work have made

today’s event possible. MSG Adam McKinney

where are you? He’s probably on the beach

somewhere signing up another re-enlistee! Raise

your hand. Everybody a round of applause please

for this great American who did all the behind the

scenes work over the past two weeks to make this

happen.

It is an honor to be here today amongst so many

who serve. As we gather together here in Haiti, we

really have two purposes. First, we remember and

honor the men and women of our Armed Forces

who in the past have come together to fight for the

causes of good. Second we celebrate these

Soldiers - and recognize the renewed sacrifice

demonstrated by the select individuals on this vessel

who will raise their right hands.

Both groups those that have come before us

and those here today have distinguished themselves

in their own right. They’ve defended America when

our borders, our people and our way of life have

been threatened.

They have also reached out when others were in

need. Like those fighting for survival here in Haiti

American Soldiers bring the hope of peace,

freedom, and a better day. When others turned

away, it was our Soldiers who were willing to stand

up, be counted and put their lives on the line -

yesterday, today and tomorrow.

As Sustainers we often speak in terms of

rounds, gallons, rations, and tons. But our most

potent weapons in war our most precious

commodities without a doubt, are the brave men and

women in uniform.

In each corner of the world, whether on forever

remembered ground or on rocky crags, icy roads or

muddy patches of earth whose names will never be

spoken again Soldiers like these symbolize the

nobility of selfless service and sacrifice by which

their deeds and service live on for generations.

They stood and still stand today to be counted

forever as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, -

AMERICANS ALL - fighting in the forces which

guard our country and its way of life.

We gather today to remind ourselves that our

mission as fighting men and women must continue.

And to continue we must have those that are

willing, able, and are inspired to raise their hands

again and again to be counted with those that came

before them.

These volunteers today this new generation -

come from all walks of life. They represent many

different races, ethnic and religious groups. They

come from all across America too.

Yet today they share a common bond with those

that have gone before them. They swear an oath of

allegiance to the Constitution and go where sent and

do what is asked. These common men and women

have always done, and will continue to do,

uncommon things.

Over the past month that uncommon thing has

been to support the Haitian in need. As I have

traveled the streets and alleys of this city and

country you can see the appreciation for your

service in their eyes. These are a resilient people

that we have in common. Through your efforts

sometimes not apparent to you you have impacted

the lives of millions of Haitians. You may never have

placed sack-one of rice in the hands of a smiling

Haitian woman. But you are no less responsible for

making it happen. Whether you operate a forklift,

drive a truck, purify water, work on a watercraft, or

choke back dust in the LSA you make each day

better for Haitians. Don’t forget that you made

history here.

While history records the valor of the American

military in terms of units and armies and forces, the

role of the American Soldier is the story of each

individual who has answered the call of duty. The

stories of those in front of you are still being written.

Today another chapter has begun. Wherever they

go, whatever they do each story will be different.

Each will contain trials, and deployments, and tales

from lands yet to be seen. Who would have known

a year ago you would be in Haiti? However the

common theme in each will be their unanimous

sacrifice their universal commitment. Please join

me again in thanking these re-enlistees for their

actions today. [applause]

This gathering today is a tribute to their devotion

to duty, love of country, and bond for their fellow

Soldiers. In closing, I’d like to paraphrase a quote

from Steven Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers. “If

someone were to ask me today if I considered

myself a hero I would say no but I would say I

served in the company of heroes.” Today I definitely

consider myself in the company of heroes past

present and future.

God bless you who came here today to share

this tribute. And, God bless the United States of

America where, because of all the service

members today,is still

of the brave.

Sustaining the Line!

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