Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas – Governor Calvo SATURDAY visited with Guam’s airmen at Ft. Bliss in EL Paso Texas.
Members of the Guam Air National Guard are training at Ft. Bliss for deployment to Afghanistan in a few days.
The Governor, with Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino, the Adjutant General, visited with the troops in a show of support before they deployed. They arrived in El Paso together FRIDAY night and will be returning to Guam SUNDAY.
The airmen are in good spirits, though they all miss their families and friends back home.
“Hafa adai and thank you so much for everything you’re doing,” Governor Calvo told the contingent training at the firing range. “We are all so proud of you.”
Military leaders briefed Governor Calvo both on the readiness functions of Ft. Bliss and the upcoming mission for the REDHORSE unit. Both the Governor and the TAG also had lunch with several of the Guam Guard Airmen. The airmen will be involved in significant engineering and construction of facilities critical to the mission in Afghanistan.
The Governor’s primary concern was for the safety and welfare of the Airmen and their families. Military officials took the Governor on a tour of the facilities, where he saw Guam’s airmen training. Part of that training was the simulation of a roll over from an IED explosion in a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle. The airmen also conducted live-fire training, another precaution as they deploy to a combat zone.
“They’re making huge sacrifices to protect our freedom,” Governor Calvo said of Guam’s Airmen. “I wanted to be here to show our support.”