Guam – Guam Supreme Court Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido and his key staff got a closer look at the operations and capabilities of the Guam National Guard during a visit to the Guard’s facilities Thursday.
Chief Justice Carbullido came to visit at the invitation of Major General Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard and Director of the Department of Military Affairs.
MAJ GEN Paulino said the Chief Justice had previously expressed interest in the Guam Guard.
“The Guam National Guard is the people of Guam’s National Guard… I want the people of Guam to know that it’s their Guam National Guard. The (Soldiers and Airmen) come from within the island of Guam and the CNMI.”
MG Paulino also said he welcomes leaders from both business and government “who want to come visit with us, know what we have, understand how we operate, why we exist, and to see their own people operate and perform their mission.” He sees these visits as an important opportunity to educate the community about what the Guam National Guard is all about.
The Chief Justice was accompanied by Perry C. Taitano, Administrator of the Courts; Raymond L.G. Taimanglo, Court Procurement and Facilities Management Administrator; Troy M. Pangelinan, Acting Chief of Security, Supreme Court of Guam; and Joseph J. Leon Guerrero, Acting Marshal of the Courts, Judiciary of Guam.
Chief Justice Carbullido said he was impressed with what he had learned so far about the Guam National Guard, following a briefing about the unit’s history, organizational structure, training and capabilities.
The Court’s top leaders, accompanied by MAJ GEN Paulino and his key staff, walked around the 94th Civil Support Team’s compound and were briefed by unit commander LTC Michael Tougher about the first responder unit’s unique capabilities.
The group then conducted a tour of the Guam Army National Guard’s (GUARNG) Fort Juan Muna complex in Harmon and construction projects of the Guam Air National Guard’s (GUANG) 254th Red Horse Squadron at the Pacific Regional Training Center on Northwest field in Yigo.
Fort Juan Muna is home to GUARNG units such as the Regional Training Institute, 1224th Engineer Support Company, and F Company, 29th Brigade Support Battalion. At FJM, Chief Justice Carbullido made a brief stop at the Controlled Humidity Warehouse which houses some of GUARNG’s transportation equipment.
The 254th Red Horse Squadron is the civil engineering unit of GUANG. The projects the unit is involved with at Northwest Field are performed in close partnership with the 554th Red Horse Squadron, an active duty Air Force unit headquartered at Andersen Air Force Base.
After a brief lunch at The Rock on Andersen Air Force Base, the team visited the GUANG headquarters on base. While at the GUANG facilities, Chief Justice Carbullido saw on-going training on the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT) and experienced hands-on instruction on the Engagement Skills Trainer.
Addressing Guam Guard’s key staff during the lunch, Chief Justice Carbullido said that prior to the tour he did not know much about the inner workings of the Guard. Now, he has a better understanding of what the Guam National Guard, and the all military forces, as a whole, contributes to the island. He also expressed trust and confidence in the leadership of MAJ GEN Paulino for the future of the Guam Guard.