Carlton Anthony Williams: A Veteran's March to Citizenship
Carlton Anthony Williams immigrated to Florida in 2003 from Jamaica and soon after married a U.S. citizen and became a legal permanent resident. In 2008, he joined the Florida Army National Guard and immediately upon graduation from Basic Combat Training, he volunteered for deployment to Iraq. He is now serving in the Honor Guard doing military funerals at Florida National Cemetery and is preparing for a state-side deployment to Washington D.C. where he will protect the air space of the Nation's Capitol.
"Super hero" Carlton Anthony Williams volunteered to deploy to Iraq before he became a U.S. Citizen on July 1 at a special naturalization ceremony in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center.
When asked how it felt to serve in Iraq before becoming a U.S. citizen, he replied he was just doing his duty for the country he considers home. Ever since he returned home on June 1, his four year old son calls him "a super hero."
He is excited for the opportunities that will now be open to him as a U.S. citizen. He wants to pursue a career in law enforcement and become a Warrant Officer in the Army specializing in air defense. He says "it feels great" to become a U.S. citizen and when asked about the spirit of independence in this country, he replied "It is freedom of choice - a chance to have opportunities." He was naturalized at the July 1 ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida.