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NAVCENT Sailors Reenlist on Navy Birthday

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Thien, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs | October 14, 2015

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, hosted a cake-cutting ceremony honoring the Navy's 240th birthday and a reenlistment, Oct. 13.

"I am excited to be here for these Sailors and the Navy's 240th birthday," said Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces.

His opening remarks included Q/A's on Naval history that he used to keep the crew on their toes and attentive as he mentioned the Navy's first Chief of Naval Operations.

In 1972, Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized the recognition of Oct. 13 as the Navy's birthday. It's intended as a commemoration for members of the active forces and Reserves, veterans, retirees and family members. Each CNO has encouraged a Navy wide celebration of this occasion "to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service," said Zumwalt.

After Donegan's opening remarks, Sailors, Marines, staff members and visiting family members came to attention as Donegan delivered the oath of enlistment to four Sailors: Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Laterrance Jackson, Chief Personnel Specialist Dion Rayman, Operations Specialist 1st Class Matthew Kubacki and Electronics Technician 1st Class Brett Pennington.

Following the reenlistment and in keeping with tradition, the oldest Sailor in attendance, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Haley and the youngest Sailor Information Specialist 3rd Class Elijah Buford, along with Donegan cut the Navy birthday cake. The cake was provided by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office.

U.S. Naval Force Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet is responsible for 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Sea of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean and 20 countries.