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Family joins sailor in re-enlistment ceremony via Skype

Published February 18. 2013 4:00AM

Groton — A sailor from the Naval Submarine Support Facility re-enlisted Feb. 3 while his parents participated in the ceremony via Skype from their Nevada home.

Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class David Waldren’s parents, Michael and Ann Waldren, live in Carson City, Nevada and couldn’t fly to Groton for the ceremony.

Waldren, who was named junior Sailor of the Year for NSSF, reenlisted exactly 10 years to the date he joined the Navy. His father served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

“I wanted to find a way to include my parents so they could experience this moment with me and my family,” David Waldren said. “This social media tool seemed the best way to connect us and share this moment.”  

Ann Waldren said, “I just think that any chance to see my kid 3,000 miles away ‘in person’ and to talk to him and watch him is fantastic. He has chosen a path for his life and is making positive choices to support his family and serve his country.”

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