SOUTH CHINA SEA - Two Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) reenlisted July 4 while the ship patrolled the South China Sea.
Yeomen 3rd Class (SW) Jose Ozuna and Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) (SW) Andrew Avelino both extended their Navy careers on their nation's birthday.
Ozuna reenlisted on ship's forecastle under the 5-inch gun.
"This is my first reenlistment, and I wanted it to be memorable," said Ozuna. "I thought what better time to reenlist than the day we celebrate the birth of the country I am proud to defend."
Ozuna aspires to obtain a degree and earn a commission as a limited duty officer.
Avelino, a 15-year veteran, reenlisted in front of his division on the ship.
"I have facilitated dozens of reenlistments, and it's always great to see Sailors do something so meaningful as reenlist," said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Bryan Gill, who assisted in preparing the paperwork for Avelino and Ozuna's reenlistement ceremonies. "It is a great thing, not only for them, but for our country as well, and I am proud to be part of the process."
Curtis Wilbur is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is assigned to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. Curtis Wilbur is currently on patrol in the western Pacific to promote security and stability in the region.