The Guam National Guard deployed at the Capitol got a treat Monday — a recognition from a non-profit and a warm meal.
Guam National Guard volunteers departed on Jan 17, Sunday morning, to Washington, D.C. in support of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.
The platoon-sized element of approximately 30 Soldiers joined 20,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from all states and territories, to perform security functions in and around the Capitol.
Capt. T.J. Atalig, commander of the Guam National Guard’s Capitol Response Mission said: that with the combined efforts of the National Guard from Guam and the other states, they were able to ensure the peaceful transition of power.
Members of the Guam Society of America and the Vietnamese Community recognized the efforts of the Guam Guard. The event went live on K57’s Patti Arroyo show this morning.
Richard Cruz of the Guam Society of America, said: “We wanted to give you guys a token of appreciation for what you have done here…how well you represented our island maintaining the professionalism that’s expected both of the uniform and the people of Guam.”
The representative of the Vietnamese-American Community of Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland said: “On behalf of the Vietnamese-American community, we salute our National Guard from Guam. Thank you so much for being here!”
The group provided food to the Guam Guardsmen.
Guam is the most geographically remote contingent to send support to the National Guard mission in DC.