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Release No: 078-09
September 08, 2009

Pentagon Naturalization Ceremony Announced

                Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver remarks at a special military naturalization ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT, Sept. 10, at the Pentagon courtyard. 


                Thirty-one service members are scheduled to take the oath of allegiance and become citizens of the United States during the ceremony. 


                The service members represent 20 countries: Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, India, Iran, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.  They come from all military services, the National Guard and Reserve.  More than 50,000 servicemembers have been naturalized since September 11, 2001.


                Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only.  Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort to the ceremony.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Pentagon auditorium.

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