Story by UTC Scott Kristek, Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Learning Site Detachment Sheppard Air Force Base Public Affairs
The Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Learning Site Detachment (CSFE DET) Sheppard Air Force Base (SAFB) congratulate “A” School student, Constructionman Recruit Daniel Odoi, for becoming a United States citizen on 27 November 2012. Odoi completed the final steps of the citizenship process with representatives from the Dallas-Fort Worth Immigration Department who made a special trip to SAFB to swear in three U.S. military personnel.
Odoi, a South African native, was a legal immigrant but not yet a U.S. citizen when he enlisted in the Navy. He began his paperwork while attending Boot Camp at Great Lakes Training Center, Ill. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Construction Electrician “A” School at CSFE DET SAFB where the staff continued to support his naturalization efforts.
“The process was very straight forward, well thought out, and very simple. I’ve been back and forth to the United States for 15 years and I’ve enjoyed the country and believed I was well acclimated to the U.S. Culture. I joined the US Navy to serve this country I fell in love with as I wanted to be part this Great Nation and its unique culture,” said Odoi.
“You could see the joy and pride in the eyes and faces of Odoi and his fellow servicemen while they were reciting the Oath of Citizenship,” said Chief Petty Officer Scott Kristek, CSFE Det SAFB Utilities Leading Chief Petty Officer.
Contructionman Recruit Odoi said “It really felt good and was a very important event in my life and I am grateful to be a part of the American Family, to contribute and share in the Dream!”
The U.S. Armed Forces employs a broad spectrum of cultures and ethnicities throughout its ranks. All branches of service have resources to assist members in their desire to become U.S. citizens as they are recognized as valued members of Military Services.