FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) An Army astronaut who is currently in the International Space Station swore three Lathrop High School students into the military. This was part of a large event across the country where other future service members were sworn in as well.
Three Lathrop High School students were sworn into the military by Army Astronaut Col. Andrew Morgan. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
On the ground, Seattle Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Mark Davis says their office covers three states including Alaska. “I’m here to help support a swearing in ceremony. Col. Andy Morgan from the International Space Station, is an Army astronaut. He’s actually going to swear in well over a thousand soldiers, marines, and airmen from across the United States,” said Davis.
This was the first time a swearing-in of this kind has taken place. “We just value the young men and women who have made the decision to serve and thought we really need to do something impressive. So the United States Army Recruiting Command put this together along with, obviously, the support of senior Army leadership,” said Davis.
Three Lathrop High School seniors were sworn in, including Colton Taylor and Irene Delgado who are both joining the Army.
“It’s a unique opportunity. It’s not every day you get to swear in to somebody in space, and it’s awesome because my dad who’s deployed right now can see, via live stream, me getting sworn in. So that was pretty neat,” said Taylor.
Taylor says he has wanted to join since he was little, “I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve been looking forward to this since I was six years old.” He leaves in July for basic training and is hoping to become an Army Ranger.
Delgado says being sworn in through a special ceremony makes it more meaningful. “I can talk back on it and be like 'I was sworn in by the NASA Colonel'. It’s amazing!” said Delgado. “My whole life I’ve grown up around the Army because my family is military, so I kind of expected I’d be in the same gist as well. I’ve seen it coming."
Delgado will leave for basic training in May right after graduation and will be an intelligence analyst.
“I’m a tad bit anxious because, I mean, who wouldn’t be because it’s a very new feeling; but I’m really excited and looking forward to it. [It's a] way different feeling. I get to be a part of something bigger,” said Delgado.
“The swearing in ceremony really is an opportunity for whoever is joining to commit themselves to the United States Army and service to their country. It cements the bond between the future soldier and their choice to serve,” said Davis.
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