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A unique take on a military tradition

Posted: 10:19 PM, Mar 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-09 23:23:13-05

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Reenlisting is a special moment for a member of the military, and for their unit commander as well. But you might never have seen a swearing-in quite like this.

Climb Tulsa is anything but a usual site for a re-enlistment, but one early Saturday, it became the site for a day to swear-in, and even conquer a fear.

Bianca Brown has been in the Navy for seven years. She’s a Master at Arms, and was deployed to Bahrain in 2016. She’s also a police officer in McKinney, Texas.

When she told her Unit Commander Joel Larson she wanted to reenlist, the two started brainstorming interesting ways to do so.

“I told him I thought it was just gonna be standing in a room, do your swear-in, sign some papers, and go about your day," Brown said. "He was like, ‘no, we’re going to do something fun. On top of a rock wall’, and I was like, ‘okay!'”

The climb was a quick one, up dozens of feet along a wall littered with makeshift rocks, but it was something neither were used to.

“I was surprised, I was pretty winded when I got to the top," Larson said. "I don’t do a lot of rock climbing, so when I got to the top I was super winded, so it was fun doing the oath.”

Brown reenlisted for six more years. By the time those six years are up, she will have spent more than a third of her life in the Navy.

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