3 From Ft Carson Become US Citizens In Afghanistan

By: AP
By: AP

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) -- Three soldiers based at Fort Carson have become U.S. citizens while serving in Afghanistan.

The Army says Pfc. Satoshi Kondo, Pfc. Alberto Vera-Navarro and Spc. Qianqian Liu took an oath of allegiance and became citizens on Friday in a ceremony at Kandahar Air Field.

They are assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, part of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division. Their brigade has been in Afghanistan for eight months.

They were among 36 soldiers, Marines and airmen who became citizens in the ceremony.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    This is why we need to keep the war on terror going forever. It's a great way for people to enter the country legally.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    I thought you had to be a citizen to join the US Armed Forces. Or is it that if your citizenship is in progress they give them a waiver? Either way, it's a big step to pledge your allegiance to a country that you aren't native to and join that country's military. They're brave people. Thank you for serving in our military and congratulations on becoming a US citizen.
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      by jazzcat on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM in reply to
      Individuals are allowed to enlist without being a citizen, provided they are in the country legally. Commissioned officers are required to be U.S. citizens.
  • by Pudge Location: Stetson Hills on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
    *****RETRACTION**** I misread the article. I thought it indicated they became Afghan citizens.....never mind.
  • by Pudge Location: Stetson HIlls on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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