Coast Guard member becomes US citizen in St. Peterburg

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crew member Seaman Samuel Gonzalez takes the Oath of Allegiance aboard the cutter in St. Petersburg, Florida, to become a U.S. citizen Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Gonzalez was required to take part in a series of tests and interviews administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a part of the naturalization process. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crew member Seaman Samuel Gonzalez takes the Oath of Allegiance aboard the cutter in St. Petersburg, Florida, to become a U.S. citizen Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crew member took the Oath of Allegiance Tuesday aboard the cutter in St. Petersburg to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Seaman Samuel Gonzalez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, joined the Coast Guard in 2015 and began the naturalization process.

Gonzalez was required to take part in a series of tests and interviews administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a part of the process.

“This day is something I have been working toward my entire life,” said Gonzalez. “My Resolute family being present was the best part, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else but my shipmates on this cutter.”

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.

The Resolute is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in St. Petersburg.

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