From Navy Recruiting District New York Public Affairs
NEW YORK (NNS) -- Yeoman 1st Class (AW/IDW) Ebony Castro re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy May 15, 2014, during a ceremony that took place in New York City's historic Duffy Square (Times Square).
Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, Deputy CNO for Operations, Plans and Strategy, was the re-enlisting officer.
Howard has been confirmed as the next Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and will become the Navy's first female four-star admiral.
"It is such an honor and a privilege to be re-enlisted by Vice Adm. Howard in my hometown, because she is an inspiration for female Sailors like myself," said Castro.
"Our people are what make our Navy strong," said Howard. "Petty Officer Castro exemplifies the willingness and commitment of our Sailors to serve our nation, and it is inspiring to be here today as she reaffirms that commitment."
Castro, a Bronx native now assigned to Navy Recruiting District New York, was a high school student in chemistry class during the 9/11 attacks. She joined the Navy in 2003 at the age of 18 and has since served on deployments to Bahrain and Afghanistan.
Her family and close friends were able to attend the ceremony, and were recognized for their strong support over the years.
Castro says participating Sailors can expect a warm welcome during Fleet Week New York May 21-27.
"It's such a joy to wear the uniform," said Castro. "It's good to walk around this city and realize that you are loved, supported, and appreciated."