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160825-N-UF697-396 MT. FUJI, Japan (August 25, 2016) Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Elijah D. Stotts, right, from Pace, Fla., stationed at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii reenlists with Lt.j.g. Christopher M. Jozwiak, left, from Fort Wayne, Ind., at the 12,389 foot summit of Mt. Fuji. Both Stotts and Jozwiak are temporarily assigned to the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Benfold (DDG 65), respectfully, as a part of NIOC direct support teams. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)
NIOC Sailors Reenlist Atop Mount Fuji

MOUNT FUJI, Japan – Sailors assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii reenlisted atop the tallest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji, Aug. 25. Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Elijah D. Stotts, from Pace, Fla., and CTR3 Henry R. Lundblad, from Lake Villa, Ill., said the oath over 12,000 feet above sea level after a seven-hour climb through wind and rain.

“Choosing an ambitious site for my reenlistment goes hand-in-hand with my Navy career,” said Stotts. “I didn’t join the Navy because it would be easy. I didn’t hike the highest mountain in Japan because it would be easy. I did both because they are life accomplishments I can be proud of.”

“I would have never imagined myself reenlisting,” said Lundblad, “much less on Mount Fuji.

‘Join the Navy and see the world.’ I remember those words from recruitment posters. This experience is more than that for me.” Both Stotts and Lundblad are temporarily assigned to the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) as part of a NIOC direct support team, complementing Sailors from NIOC Far East in Yokosuka, Japan.

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j.g. Stewart Atchley, from NIOC Yokosuka and L.t.j.g. Christopher M. Jozwiak from NIOC Hawaii read the oath of enlistment for the Sailors at the summit.

“It’s always an honor to be a part of a reenlistment and re-administer the oath we all take to defend our constitution,” said Jozwiak. “Our relationship with our Japanese allies is a sign of the strength that oath carries. To perform this ceremony atop the highest and most respected mountain in Japan is a unique yet fitting place.”

“I felt honored when Petty Officer Lundblad asked me to do his reenlistment,” said Atchley.

“Particularly on Mount Fuji being a difficult place to get to, I encourage him to continue to challenge himself throughout his career.”

NIOC Sailors routinely provide information warfare officers and enlisted personnel, expertise, and equipment while conducting signals intelligence, information and cyberspace operations for U.S. 7th Fleet units.

“CTR2 Stotts and CTR3 Lundblad are a welcome addition to our support team aboard Barry,” said Atchley, the direct support officer temporarily assigned to Barry. “I hope having such an iconic start to their new enlistments will motivate them to continue with their high level of professionalism.”

Barry is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, in support of security and stability in the Indo- Asia-Pacific.

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