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Okinawa-based soldier re-enlists underwater

Okinawa-based Army Sgt. Juanita Tompkins, right, re-enlists underwater Wednesday in a ceremony conducted by Col. Lance. R. Koenig, left, Commander 10th Support Group and Army on Okinawa.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 17, 2011

TOKYO — An Okinawa-based Army sergeant dived head-first into re-enlistment — 30 feet down to be exact.

Sgt. Juanita Tompkins, a paralegal specialist with Staff Judge Advocate, 10th Support Group at Torii Station, rededicated herself to the service Wednesday during an underwater ceremony, according to an Army news release.

Col. Lance. R. Koenig, commander of the 10th Support Group and the U.S. Army on Okinawa, presided over the ceremony.

“This represents a very important milestone in my life and I wanted the ceremony to be unique,” Tompkins was quoted in the release. “What better way to highlight my experience as a soldier living and working on Okinawa then to re-enlist at a depth of 30 feet.”

From staff reports

 

Okinawa-based Army Sgt. Juanita Tompkins, a paralegal specialist with Staff Judge Advocate, 10th Support Group, re-enlisted 30 feet of underwater Wednesday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE U.S. ARMY

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