Eleven foreign-born soldiers and airmen were sworn in as American citizens today at Joint Base Lewis-McChord during a ceremony marking the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
Five military spouses were sworn in as American citizens, too. The new citizens come from 10 countries: the Philippines, South Korea, Peru, American Samoa, Argentina, Tanzania, Germany, Cuba, Finland, and Nigeria.
Since September 2001, 62,746 foreign-born soldiers have become American citizens, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. They come from at least 20 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.