It was a special day for Boght Hills Elementary students, Joey and Grace Teson. Their father, Information Systems Technician First Class Petty Officer, Joseph Teson, re-enlisted in the Navy, taking the oath in front of fourth and fifth grade children.
Teson taught the students how to stand at attention, and recited the Sailor’s Creed with them as well. He is based out of the U.S. Naval Reserve in Scotia, N.Y., and has been enlisted for 12 years.
Teson says his family has a long history of service; his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather were all World War II veterans. Teson has lived in Japan, Hawaii, and climbed the Great Wall of China a few times. But he says being able to share special moments, like his re-enlistment, with his children mean the most.
“This was one of the coolest things for me to do in front of the kids. They love it, they think I’m the coolest guy in the world for a day,” he laughs. “My goal is to become their role model and I think this plays a part in it.”
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