USS Kentucky Sailor reenlists at state capitol

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Secretary of State Elaine Walker watches on as Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini administers the oath of enlistment to Senior Chief Machinist Mate (SS) Jeremy Shaw in the capitol building rotunda. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2011) – Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky, administered the oath of enlistment to Senior Chief Machinist Mate (SS) Jeremy Shaw in the capitol building rotunda.  The ceremony was hosted by hosted by Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

Shaw is the auxiliary leading chief petty officer aboard the USS Kentucky’s (SSBN 737) Blue Crew. He was accompanied by Weapons Officer Lt. Cory Hudson and Lt. J.g. Erik Chamberlain as part of a contingent of six sailors from the USS Kentucky currently conducting a namesake visit across Kentucky.

“It doesn’t matter if you wear Navy blue, Air Force blue or be in any other service branch,” said Tonini.  “We all are one military community.”

“Normally my reenlistment ceremony are small and off to the corner,” said Shaw.  “But it was an honor to hear that Kentucky’s adjutant general wanted to reenlist me.  I got on a plane right away.”

Senior Chief Machinist Mate (SS) Jeremy Shaw, Weapons Officer Lt. Cory Hudson and Lt. J.g. Erik Chamberlain serve on the USS Kentucky, known as the “Thoroughbred of the Fleet." Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs.

The USS Kentucky, known as the “Thoroughbred of the Fleet,” is homeported in Bangor, Wa. An Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, she has two crews, Blue and Gold. Armed with up to twenty-four Trident II missiles, she plays a critical role in the United States’ strategic deterrence efforts.

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