April 15, 2024
Ammar Campa-Najjar in his reserve officer’s uniform on Thursday. Photograph Adrian Eng-Gastelum

Ammar Campa-Najjar, who made information in his campaigns for Congress and Mayor of Chula Vista, is concentrated on a brand new sort of marketing campaign following his commissioning this week as a Navy Reserve officer.

On Thursday, Campa-Najjar, 34, was sworn in on the deck of the USS Halfway.

Campa-Najjar described his commissioning as an “only-in America” alternative for a Latino-Arab American whose childhood was spent touring between Gaza and Chula Vista.

“Solely in America can the son of a Mexican lady from the barrio and an Arab man from a battle zone have the liberty to chart his personal course, serve his nation, and turn into a Navy officer for the best navy the world has ever identified,” he instructed Individuals journal after the ceremony.

The ceremony on the Halfway represented a private redemption for Campa-Najjar. In 2018, former Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose son was operating for re-election to Congress, held a press convention on the plane service to denounce Campa-Najjar as a safety danger.

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, a Congressman from Northern California and a former Navy intelligence officer, stated Campa-Najjar’s background “strengthened his constancy to our nation and values” and predicted he would assist the Navy together with his command of Arabic and Spanish.

Campa-Najjar instructed Those who he had lengthy dreamed of becoming a member of the Navy, and tried to enlist on the age of 17, however his his household wouldn’t log out.

“I’m reminded of the quote from Winston Churchill, ‘The reservist is twice the citizen,’” he stated with satisfaction.