Coast Guard crewmember receives U.S. citizenship in St. Petersburg, Fla.

5th Coast Guard District News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Seaman Alayn Hernandez, crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., received his U.S. citizenship aboard the Appleby in a small ceremony, Friday.

Hernandez took his the Oath of Allegiance during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in front of the crew of the Appleby, members of Sector St. Petersburg and his wife who received her U.S. citizenship June 14, 2013.

“I have waited for this day my whole life,” said Hernandez. I am happy and extremley proud to finally have this day. I want to thank the Coast Guard for allowing me to serve with this Coast Guard family. This has been the best year of my life.”

Members of USCIS conducted the ceremony and administered the oath after the year-long process.

“Hernandez has always impressed me with his ‘can do’ attitude and outstanding work ethic, but whats been most impressive is his willingness to serve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States before he was a citizen,” said Neal J. Feustel, the commanding officer of the Appleby. “I am honored to serve alongside such a dedicated Coast Guardsmam and a true patriot. I look forward to watching him continue to grow both personally and professionally – the sky is his only limit!”

Seaman Alayn Hernandez, crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, home-ported in St. Petersburg, Fla., takes the Oath of Allegiance during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony on the Appleby Friday, June 21, 2013. Members of USCIS conducted the ceremony and administered the oath. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen)

Seaman Alayn Hernandez, crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, home-ported in St. Petersburg, Fla., takes the Oath of Allegiance during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony on the Appleby Friday, June 21, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen)

Additional photos from the ceremony can be viewed at the Coast Guard News Flickr page.

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