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Air Force major swears daughter into Army at home of US Forces Japan

By SETH ROBSON | STARS AND STIRPES Published: June 4, 2018

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Enlisting in the Army was a family affair for newly minted Pvt. Candace Harris, 20, who was sworn in by her mother Monday at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in Tokyo.

Air Force Maj. Chineta Harris served as an Army truck driver in the 1980s before commissioning to become an Air Force nurse.

“We’re excited to have her joining the military and serving her country,” she said after her daughter took the oath. “It means a lot to me.”

Pvt. Harris said her mother’s service, which has included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, inspired her to serve. Her chosen career field isn’t nursing; however, there are some links.

The youngster plans to train in mortuary affairs, and she’s been preparing for it by observing autopsies. One of her first acts since enlisting will be helping perform one, she said.

“I’ve always had an interest in the unknown and human anatomy,” she said.

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Air Force Maj. Chineta Harris, left, salutes her daughter, Pvt. Candace Harris, after swearing her into the Army on Monday, June 4, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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