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More than 1200 Servicemen
and women re-enlisted in Baghdad on the 4th of July-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor:
A re-enlistment swearing in ceremony
was held July 4, 2008 at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq officiated by
The email begins with a complaint that news of this failed to get
stateside owing to a news media that does support the US intervention in
1215 men and women
participated in the swearing in ceremony recommitting themselves to the
war against terror and all together, the service members pledged
more than 5,500 years of additional service to their country. We checked various news sources including the
Los Angeles Time and MSNBC where we found this story posted. In
our investigation we discovered two official press releases posted
by the Army.
One of the press releases mentioned
that a married couple, Sergeants Ryan and Erika Lowe, considered the
importance of starting a family with stability and the benefits that
the Army provides as good reasons for their re-enlistment in Iraq.
Sergeants Ryan and Erika Lowe
other job could you see all the places in the world we have seen,”
said Lowe (Ryan), who is reenlisting with his wife to be stationed
together in Brussels, Belgium for their next assignment with NATO.
stability, benefits and the ability to travel all over the world the
Lowe’s said they love being Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) and that
is another reason they elected to stay in the Army.
working with Soldiers and seeing them grow in their skills as
military police,” said Erika.
“Building up Soldiers is a great experience and just being an NCO is
one of the reasons why I elected to stay in,” said Ryan.
for Youtube Video of the swearing in ceremony
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
As usual, the good news goes unreported. Tremendous
re-enlistment in Baghdad....hmmm...never made mainstream
media...guess it doesn't fit with their reporting of the
hollow force, poor morale, etc. For those who have been in
the Al Faw Palace you'll have a better estimation of the
number of people crammed in the rotunda.
Here is a reenlistment ceremony from Baghdad on the 4th of
July. It seems to say that all of the young men and women
in these photos think that what they are doing is important
and they want to continue to be part of it. Somehow this did
not make it onto network news broadcasts.
Attached are pictures of what is reputedly the 'largest
re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history'. The
ceremony was held July 4, 2008 at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad,
Iraq. General Petraeus officiated. A pizzeria in Chicago
donated 2000 pizzas that were made last weekend, shipped on
Sunday, arrived in Baghdad Wednesday and were fed to the
enlistees on the 4th.
Oh, by the way, the media did report on the 2000
pizzas...just not what they were for.
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