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Reenlistment is a bright spot in the eclipse

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The moon appears to take a bite out of the sun during a solar eclipse near Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2017. An eclipse can last anywhere from a few seconds to 2 hours depending on your location and the path of the eclipse. (Courtesy Photo)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Capt. Amy Engleson, 16th Space Control Squadron flight commander, uses safety glasses to watch the eclipse at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2017. The 16th SPCS viewed the solar eclipse from their headquarters on Peterson AFB. (Courtesy photo)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The moon appears to take a bite out of the sun during a solar eclipse near Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2017. An eclipse can last anywhere from a few seconds to 2 hours depending on your location and the path of the eclipse. (Courtesy Photo)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Timothy McEachron, right, 16th Space Control Squadron signals intelligence analyst, receives the oath of reenlistment from 2nd Lt. Kasey Crowe at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., August 21, 2017. McEachron chose the day of the solar eclipse for his ceremony due to an infatuation with Astronomy since childhood. Crowe was McEachron’s crew commander during deployment. (Courtesy photo)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Members of the 16th Space Control Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. gather to watch a solar eclipse outside their headquarters building, Aug. 21, 2017. Along with the eclipse, Airmen also watched the re-enlistment Staff Sgt. Timothy McEachron, 16th Space Control Squadron signals intelligence analyst. (Courtesy photo)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Paul Klein, 21st Operations Group evaluator, takes a moment to watch the eclipse at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. while on his way to lunch, Aug. 21, 2017. The solar eclipse in Colorado reached 92% coverage of the sun. (Courtesy photo)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st Space Wing vice commander, uses a piece of paper as a projector to view a to view the solar eclipse outside 21st SW headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2017. The projector allows you to view the eclipse without looking at the sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alethea Smock)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A view of the sun before the start of the solar eclipse near Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2017. The eclipse was the first in nearly 40 years to reach near totality in Colorado. (Courtesy Photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado was a memorable day for many, but for Staff Sgt. Timothy McEachron, 16th Space Control Squadron signals intelligence analyst, and his family it was even more special.

McEachron reenlisted for five years, taking advantage of the historic, astronomical event as a backdrop for the ceremony. He chose the event because of his infatuation with astronomy since childhood. He joined the Air Force on January 30, 2012, and prior to coming to Peterson was assigned to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

McEachron returned from deployment just in time for the birth of his second son two weeks ago. He selected 2nd Lt. Kasey Crowe, his crew commander while deployed, to administer the oath.

“Staff Sgt. McEachron is exactly the kind of individual the Air Force needs to keep around,” Crowe said. “he has a work ethic and level of integrity that Airmen should strive to achieve.”

The reenlistment was only one thing that took place as Team Pete gathered to observe the rare eclipse event.

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