USS Dallas Chief, a Native New Yorker, Reenlists at Yankees' Monument Park
NEW YORK (NNS) -- A native New Yorker serving aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) experienced an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he was reenlisted at New York Yankees' Monument Park, April 18.
Chief Machinist's Mate (SS) Daniel Zabatta, accompanied by his wife Christine, their two children Olivia and Matthew, and family and friends participated in the reenlistment ceremony.
"Reenlisting at Yankee Stadium has always been a dream of mine," said Zabatta. "This is the first chance in my 18-year career that the stars have aligned correctly. And, to have my family be able to experience this day with me makes it even more special."
Zabatta's wife Christine said returning to Yankee Stadium has a special tribute to her and her husband.
"In 1993, Danny proposed to me at Yankee Stadium," said Christine, who added that her husband was born a Yankees fan and having his reenlistment at Monument Park was another unique way to tie in the patriotic feeling he has for serving our nation. "We are proud of all the sacrifices he makes for our family."
Zabatta knows a little bit about baseball. In 1993, he played at Yankee Stadium for the Junior College New York area All Stars where he sustained an impressive .500 batting average.
Cmdr. Ken Curtin, deputy director of training, Naval Submarine School served as Zabatta's reenlistment officer. Curtin previously served as executive officer aboard USS Dallas and reflected on Zabatta's reenlistment.
"It is an honor and privilege to reenlist Chief Zabatta, particularly at a place that holds so many memories for him and his family," said Curtin. "Having served alongside Zabatta aboard USS Dallas I can speak directly to his character and integrity and the honor he has for serving his country in the U.S. Navy."
Dallas is the first United States naval ship to bear the name of the city of Dallas, Texas. Dallas is a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine of the Los Angeles-class built by Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation.
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