Sunday, May 8, 2011


... because it's America here every day of the year.

"The moment the Soviet Union broke up, I decided America was the place for me to be," said Spec. Rima Rusnac, 33, of the former Soviet republic of Moldova, just after taking her oath of citizenship recently. "In America, I can exercise my full potential and be free."

Both the Army and the Navy are streamlining the citizenship process for legal residents so that citizenship can be obtained by about the time the enlistees are graduating from boot camp.

There is a ceremony staged annually here in San Diego on the flight deck of the USS MIDWAY to recognize the newly-minted citizenship status of service members.

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