CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan -- A mass reenlistment of 21 Marines with Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson took place at Camp Foster Okinawa, Japan Oct. 27, 2016.
Marines were given the unique opportunity to reenlist on the spot and meet with their monitor face to face. Along with circumventing a lengthier process of routing up packages to headquarters, many Marines were also able to received incentives like bonuses and choice of their next duty station - some chose extra time to serve on Okinawa.
According to Master Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Zuniga, III Marine Expeditionary Force career planner staff officer in charge, it was a good experience as they raise their hand and commit another four years. It is a rare opportunity for Marines to be able to do this and have 21 Marines reenlist all at once is amazing.
“Our Marines were that quality we were looking for,” said Zuniga. “This event helped us retain those Marines on the spot.”
Before the ceremony began, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, III MEF Commanding General expressed how important it was having family support here in Okinawa. He continued to say that Marines would not have the mental fortitude necessary to do the hard jobs they are required to do, so having them reenlist here keeps the families together.
“Something greater than ourselves - that is why we are here. It’s bigger than anyone of us,” said Nicholson.