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From Senegal to citizenship: He enlisted in April 2017, looking forward to accomplishing his training, returning to Connecticut as a qualified Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic assigned to Alpha Company, 192nd Engineer Battalion and proudly serving his nation.

But for Pvt. Joshua Weah, the United States only recently became his nation. The young Guard member hails from Dakar, Senegal, moved to America less than five years ago and recently became a United States citizen.

“I first stepped foot into the United States during the summer of 2012 to visit some family members in Connecticut,” Weah, 22, said in an email interview while back home visiting family and celebrating the December holidays in Senegal. “During that year, I returned to Senegal in order to complete high school, and the following year, I returned to the United States around December.”

On December 14, 2017, at the Brien McMahon Federal Building in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Pvt. Weah raised his right hand for the second time this year and officially became a United States citizen. Read more

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From Senegal to citizenship: He enlisted in April 2017, looking forward to accomplishing his training, returning to Connecticut as a qualified Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic assigned to Alpha Company, 192nd Engineer Battalion and proudly serving his nation.

But for Pvt. Joshua Weah, the United States only recently became his nation. The young Guard member hails from Dakar, Senegal, moved to America less than five years ago and recently became a United States citizen.

“I first stepped foot into the United States during the summer of 2012 to visit some family members in Connecticut,” Weah, 22, said in an email interview while back home visiting family and celebrating the December holidays in Senegal. “During that year, I returned to Senegal in order to complete high school, and the following year, I returned to the United States around December.”

On December 14, 2017, at the Brien McMahon Federal Building in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Pvt. Weah raised his right hand for the second time this year and officially became a United States citizen