Family promotion in Norway
Family promotion in Norway
Photo By Lance Cpl. Camila Melendez | U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Thanh Nguyen with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine...... read more read more
Photo By Lance Cpl. Camila Melendez | U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Thanh Nguyen with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), congratulates his son, Cpl. Anthony Nguyen with 8th Communications Battalion, II MEF Information Group, on Vaernes Air Station, Norway, Nov. 2, 2018. Exer cise Trident Juncture 18 enhances the U.S. and NATO Alliesâ and partnersâ abilities to work together collectively to conduct military operations under challenging conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Camila Melendez) see less | View Image Page
VAERNES AIR STATION, NORWAY
Story by Lance Cpl. Camila Melendez
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VAERNES, Norway â" Exercise Trident Juncture 18, a NATO-led exercise taking place here, includes more than 50,000 participants from 31 Allied and partner nations.
Two of those participants are a father and son from Dodge City, Kansas, who have both taken a path to service in the Corps.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for six years, until his process to migrate to the U.S. was completed at the age of eight.
âI came to the states in the late 80âs,â says Master Sgt. Nguyen. âMy parents were immigrants from Vietnam and they were already in the U.S., so during that process, when I left Vietnam I was a toddler.â
When he was 18, he got a phone call from a Marine Corps recruiter and left for boot camp soon after, leaving behind his unborn son, who would later be taking the same journey.
Anthony N guyen was born into the military culture, watching his father grow and succeed.
Now, having a father with twenty-one years of experience in the Marine Corps, Cpl. Nguyen says that without his fatherâs guidance, he would not be the Marine he is today.
âIâm really blessed to have him as my dad,â says Cpl. Anthony Nguyen. âIâm grateful to him for the Marine Corps, because he has supported me the entirety of my life.â
Cpl. Nguyen was promoted to the rank of corporal during Exercise Trident Juncture 18 and had the privilege of having his father present during the ceremony.
âIâm honored and privileged,â said Master Sgt. Nguyen. âItâs very unique that we are able to serve at the same time and participate in a major exercise like this.â
As the promotion warrant was read, Master Sgt. Nguyen stood behind his son waiting to pin him with his new rank.
âIâm proud of him, he definitely deserved the promotion,â said Master Sgt. Nguyen. âI congratulated him, I told him he has a lot on his shoulders now, and that he needs to lead by example.â
Now, as a new noncommissioned officer, Cpl. Nguyen can keep in mind all of the knowledge he has gained from his experienced father.
|Date Posted:||11.06.2018 07:49|
|Location:||VAERNES AIR STATION, NO|
|Hometown:||DODGE CIT Y, KS, US|
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