“I solemnly swear…”

Over the past 5+ years, Trevor never thought he would succumb to reenlisting for another 3 years. But when there’s an option to stay in Hawaii, get a few college classes out of the way, and save the G.I. Bill for medical school, why not?
We woke up Saturday morning (on the 237th Navy birthday!) at 5:00 am, packed the truck, and made our way down south. When we arrived we met Trevor’s boss, LT. Patel, the reenlisting officer (his doc). They signed his discharge paperwork, and for a few minutes, Trevor was free.

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Trevor’s doc, LT. Patel, his enlisted leader, HM1 Santos “Joe”, one of his junior sailors, HM3 Moreno, T, and I paddled out past the break at Tonggs.

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We took a few photos while we waited for the others to catch up.

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Finally making it out, we set up for the ceremony in front of Diamond Head Crater.

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Reminding Trevor he was not currently in the Navy.

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Trevor repeating after LT. Patel the Enlistment Oath.

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He’s BACK IN the Navy! 3 more years!

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Time to surf!

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After nearly drowning from the weight of his dress whites, Trevor went in to change and then paddled right back out.

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Us.

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I got up too early and didn’t make it onto the wave with T.

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After catching the first wave of the set, I paddled back out towards Trevor. The next few waves were quite large and I thought I would be able to make it over before it broke. But I was mistaken. The wave crashed just as I was nearing the top and it sucked me back. This was Trevor’s helpless reaction to me going over the falls:

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I will always love this moment.

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3 thoughts on ““I solemnly swear…”

  1. Kelsy says:

    Trevor,

    Congrats – this was an amazing reenlistment!!! Suites you well!

  2. Mom says:

    I try not to leave a reply but I just want to tell you two how special you are and how proud I am of both of you. Looking forward to Thanksgiving.
    I love you, Mom

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