Governor recognizes Guam Guard Soldiers for rendering aid

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Staff. Sgt Kayne Kamminga, 3rd from right, from the Guam Army National Guard’s 105th Troop Command, poses for a photo after being presented a certificate from Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Commander-In-Chief, Guam National Guard (GUNG), during a small ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex, in Hagatna, in recognition for heroic actions in rendering aid to a man who fell ill at the Micronesian Mall earlier this year. Pictured, left to right, are: State Command Sergeant Major Agnes Diaz, GUNG State Enlisted Advisor; Maj.Gen. (GU) Esther Aguigui, The Adjutant General, GUNG; Kylee Kamminga, 12; Kayanah Kamminga, 13; Franecia, 9; Governor Lou Leon Guerrero; Faith Kamminga, 7; Franchesca Kamminga, spouse, holding Kaleb, 2; Staff Sgt. Kayne Kamminga; and Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio, holding Kaven Kamminga,

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, Commander-In-Chief, Guam National Guard (GUNG), presented certificates of recognition to two GUNG Soldiers at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex, in Hagatna, Oct. 29.

While facilitating an Armed Forces of the Philippines general officer’s visit earlier this year, Guam Army National Guard (GUARNG) Staff Sgts. Amie Celimen and Kayne Kamminga rendered care and aid to an injured person before medics arrived. They ensured the individual remained calm and refrained from movement that could have caused further injury.

“To be here and to receive this award from the governor shows what great appreciation she has to the soldiers and service members throughout the island for what they do,” said Kamminga. “I was just a regular person, who might have been in uniform, helping a person in need. I think that any good person, out of the goodness of their heart would extend the help that they can.”

Celimen, overwhelmed with emotion, shared how being at the right place at the right time makes all the different to a person and their loved ones.

“We were just there at the right time assisting him until the paramedics came,” said Celimen. “I actually met his family (and) they were very thankful for the assistance we gave him even though we didn’t know him, we actually helped him.”

The Soldiers are part of GUARNG’s 105th Troop Command and attribute their quick reaction and ability assist those in need to their military training.

“They train you and you probably complain, but at a moment’s notice, because of the training you received, you’re able to react,” Kamminga said. “I thank the United States Army for the training.”