Texas's capital is hosting members of the U.S. Navy during Austin Navy Week, March 18-24, coinciding with Rodeo Austin and Stock Show. As part of Navy Week, Navy Vice Chief of Information Rear Adm. Robert Durand, joined by Sailors and Future Sailors were invited to the governor's mansion to receive a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott. During the visit, Abbott administered the Oath of Enlistment to 10 Future Sailors.


Entering the meeting room which had a photo of Sam Houston prominently displayed, Abbott welcomed the Sailors and future Sailors to the governor's mansion.


"I'm am very proud of the role that you are playing," said Abbott. "The thing that made Texas strong and the United States strong is the fact that we always had a strong defense. Without defense, there is no safety or security."


"The line of defense are those who serve in our military forces," Abbott continued. "What you are doing is playing a vital role for the future and safety of the United States of America."


Abbott spoke to the Future Sailors about some of the history of the governor's mansion to include his brother who served 20 years as a naval aviator, flying A-6 aircraft.


Before the oath, Durand spoke to the future of America's Navy.


"For whatever reason you decided to serve, we are glad you are here," said Durand. "As you prepare to go to recruit training, you will be tested; you will find strength and resolve with yourselves that you thought you never had. You will learn to rely on your shipmates and you will become a shipmate who can be relied upon."


Durand stated that whether you are on a ship or on shore duty, you will be that person who will reflect the Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.


After the ceremony, Abbott delivered a proclamation to Durand declaring March 18-24 as Navy Week.


Before departing, Abbott informed the Sailors that the room they were in is the same place where presidents and national/international leaders have met and those present are now among them.



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