|Students take oath of enlistment during national event|
|Wednesday, February 26, 2020|
US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) in partnership with Space Center Houston and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, hosted the first ever, live oath of enlistment ceremony from space.
Four students from Pattonville have committed to joining the Army after high school. On Wednesday, seniors James Moore and Parker Prewitt and junior Ryan Holtgrave raised their hands in G206 while watching the live stream of the event to take the oath of enlistment. Senior Jasmine Dominguez was unable to attend.
The oath was administered by U.S. Army Col. and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Feb. 26 at Space Center Houston.
James Moore II: “I’ve wanted to join the Army because my dad, his older brother and some other relatives were all either in the Army or Air Force so that was a big influence for me.”
Parker Prewitt: “Right now, I’m involved in the Future Soldier program. After high school, I’m going to go straight into the Army. I’ll go to basic training first, and then after that, I'll go to AIT [Advanced Individual Training] for dive school.”
Ryan Holtgrave: “My uncle is in the Army and he recommended it to me. I think it’s going to be fantastic. I’m excited.”
Station Commander Matthew Reynolds was in the room with the students during the ceremony. He said the oath is a pledge of loyalty to serve the country.
“It just makes me proud that I was a part of their initial entry to the Army,” he said. “They just took their first step.”
The Army selected Pattonville High School as one of the more than 150 locations where future soldiers pledged to protect the U.S. About 1,000 new recruits were sworn-in to the armed forces via live video feed across the country.
“I promise to try my hardest and to do the best at what I can in my job and various other activities that I get assigned to do,” Holtgrave said.
For now, it’s ‘Go Pirates’ until Moore is set to ship out for basic training in June.
“And then it’s just ‘Go Army.’”