Guam Guard Commissions 5 New Officers

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Guam – Five new Army Guard officers were commissioned today, Tuesday, September 11, at the Guam Army National Guard Readiness Center.

The new officers recently completed months of training under the Reserve Component Officer Candidate School course, including a tough eight weeks at Fort Meade, South Dakota last month.

The new officers are 2nd Lieutenants Plamin Rabino, Jin Yi, JoJohn Quinata, Stephen Cahill, and Michael Taman. All are previously enlisted non-commissioned officers in the Guam Army National Guard.

[ Guam National Guard commander, MAJ GEN Benny M. Paulino, administers the oath of office to the newly commissioned officers. From right are 2LT Jin Yi, 2LT Michael Taman, 2LT Plamin Rabino, 2LT JoJohn Quinata, and 2LT Stephen Cahill]

The new officers went through about an eight month long program, taught in a high-stress environment that was mostly run by the 203rd Regional Training Institute of the GUARNG.

The last portion of the program, about eight weeks long, was spent at the Fort Meade OCS training center, run by the 196th Infantry Regiment’s 1st Battalion (Officer Candidate School).

During the commissioning ceremony, LTC Ronnie Delfin, 203rd RTI commander, praised the effort shown by the officer candidates as they went through the course.

“These candidates were put to the test both physically and mentally on subjects that range from Military History and land navigation to squad and platoon level tactics. And they did it extremely well,” said Delfin.

He also encouraged the new officers to continue to develop in their careers.

“Candidates, as we have discussed on several occasions, your training didn’t end at South Dakota.  In fact, it has only begun.  As you progress through your careers, take advantage of every opportunity to attend schools that develop you professionally, and find yourself a mentor to ensure you stay on the right path.”

Also speaking at the commissioning, MAJ GEN Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General for the Guam National Guard, challenged the new 2nd Lieutenants to be examples in their new roles.

“As new leaders, I propose to you this challenge, as you progress through your career.  Dedicate yourself to a life of learning. Seek to be decisive, creative, and adaptive. Learn to be effective communicators. Be open to the experiences of your senior enlisted soldiers, earning their loyalty and trust.”

“And most importantly, demonstrate character and integrity in everything that you do, whether in or out of uniform,” MAJ GEN Paulino said.

Two of the new officers are slated to attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course, while the other three will be going to the Infantry Officer Basic Course.

Several family members of each of the new officers, as well as dozens of Guam Guard Soldiers and Airmen attended the ceremony.