Guam- The Guam National Guard held a brief and private ceremony to honor fallen Guam Guard member Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon whose remains arrived at Andersen Air Force Base Wednesday afternoon.
Aguon and Specialist Dwayne W. Flores were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 16 when a suicide bomber drove his vehicle into the convoy they were part of. Both soldiers were part of the nearly 600 members of the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment who are serving in Afghanistan until the next year.
Spc. Flores’ remains arrived on Guam early Sunday morning, June 2, at the Guam International Airport. His funeral has been set for this Friday, June 7 at the Hagatna Cathedral Basilica. He will be buried at the Pigo Cemetery.
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Guam-SGT Eugene M. Aguon, the second of two fallen Soldiers of the Guam Army National Guard (GUARNG), will be returning home today.
A military aircraft will be arriving this afternoon at Andersen Air Force Base carrying his remains. Members of the GUARNG Military Funeral Honors Team will conduct planeside military honors for the fallen Soldier. A brief ceremony will be held at the AAFB terminal.
The 36th Wing leadership at AAFB plans to gather service members on the base to form an honor cordon following the ceremony to pay their respects to SGT Aguon with a solemn salute as he makes his way to the main gate.
Fellow Guam National Guard service members will also form an honor cordon at the Guam National Guard Barrigada Readiness Center, and conduct their solemn salute as SGT Aguon passes through the complex, before proceeding to the funeral home.
SGT Aguon and SPC Dwayne W. Flores were killed May 16 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used to attack their convoy while traversing the streets of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Also killed were four American contractors. SGT Aguon and SPC Flores are part of Task Force Guam, made up of close to 600 Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment (GUARNG). The Task Force is working under the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force Command.
SPC Flores was welcomed home to Guam last Sunday morning, June 2, by family members, island leaders and service members at the Guam International Air Terminal.