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Soldiers Re-enlist at Iraqi Army Training Facility

Tikrit, Iraq
- Two 1st Infantry Division Soldiers re-enlisted Jan. 9 after the opening of the new headquarters for the 30th Brigade, Iraqi Army here.

Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste, commander of the Big Red One, administered the oath of re-enlistment to Staff Sgt. (P) Jose M. Ortiz and Sgt. Paul Timothy Sanchez. Ortiz is a member of Batiste's personal security detail and Sanchez is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the commanding general's communications.

Ortiz said the setting for his and Sanchez's re-enlistment was unique because it was done "in front of a foreign country's Army formation" with Lt. Gen. Abdul Azziz Abdul Rahman Al Mufti, commander of the newly established 4th Iraqi Army Division, Iraqi Sheik Naji and Gov. Hamad Hamood, governor of the Salah Ad Din province, on hand to witness the special event.

With the oath translated into Arabic, Ortiz said he hoped it would set "an example of loyalty to the nation, the Army and the 1st Infantry Division."

"I enjoy the military and especially training Soldiers," Sanchez said. "I have had a few great leaders and now it's up to me to pass their leadership style onto the Soldiers of tomorrow."

Ortiz, 34, who hails from Coamo, Puerto Rico, plans to make the Army a career. With 10 years and eight months of active duty, Ortiz re-enlisted indefinitely. He said it was a well thought out decision, which will financially secure his and his family's future.

After serving on active duty for four years, Sanchez opted to re-enlist for another four years. The 30-year-old is a resident of Irving, Texas.

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