Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg member becomes US citizen in St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A crewmember at U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, took the Oath of Allegiance to become a naturalized U.S. citizen at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Thursday.

Fireman Christopher I. Edington, a native of Springs, South Africa, joined the Coast Guard in 2012 and began the naturalization process.

Fireman Christopher I. Edington, a crew member at Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, Florida, takes the Oath of Allegiance to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Edington, a native of Springs, South Africa, began the naturalization process when he joined the Coast Guard in 2012.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith A. Manning)

Fireman Christopher I. Edington takes the Oath of Allegiance to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith A. Manning)

The naturalization process requires an applicant to take part in a series of tests and interviews administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“Being a citizen will allow me to obtain a security clearance,” said Edington. “It will give me an opportunity to excel in my Coast Guard career.”

To be able to serve in the Coast Guard, an applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national legally residing in the United States.

Click the photo for more pictures from the ceremony.

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