On Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., the District Court of Guam is
hosting a special Naturalization Ceremony.
The keynote speaker for this ceremony is Colonel Ryan A. Hendricks, Staff Judge Advocate for the 36th Wing, Anderson Air Force, Base, Guam.
Purple Heart Day is celebrated on August 7 and is a day of remembrance of the men and women who bravely represented our country and were wounded or killed while serving. These people are decorated with a Purple Heart in the name of the President, and this day is for remembering them and their sacrifice.
Some states, counties, and cities pause in recognition, as do some sports and entertainment entities. Military and veteran organizations also hold meetings for remembrance.
Locally, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed a proclamation designating the month of August as Purple Heart Month.
The Naturalization Ceremony is taking place inside the courthouse, with social distancing guidelines implemented, where the soon-to-be citizens will soon take their oath to bear faith and allegiance to our great nation. This is a momentous occasion as the court
welcomes 24 new citizens.
Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood states: “I am excited to be joined by Colonel Hendricks once again to welcome our newest citizens and wish them luck on their new American journey.”
Lieutenant Colonel Hendricks is presently the Staff Judge Advocate for the 36th Wing, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He is responsible for providing legal services to a wing consisting of five groups, 17 squadrons, and 8,500 military and civilian personnel
providing the President of the United States sovereign options to decisively employ airpower across the entire spectrum of engagement from America’s premier forward operating location.
(District Court Release)