The first Chamorro Airman to be promoted and federally recognized to the rank of Brigadier General in the Guam Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force was announced today.
Colonel Johnny S. Lizama is the current Director of Staff at the Air, Joint Forces Headquarters of the Guam National Guard and a ceremony was held in his honor as Governor of Guam and Commander-In-Chief of the Guam National Guard, Eddie Baza Calvo, promoted him to the rank of Brigadier General at the Guam National Guard Readiness Center, in Barrigada. It was a historical ceremony as Colonel Lizama is now the first Chamorro Airman to be promoted, and federally recognized, to the rank of Brigadier General in the Guam Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force.
Colonel Lizama began his military career 37 years ago when he first served as an E-3 in the U.S. Coast Guard. PNC congratulations to Colonel Lizama for his historical promotion.
Historic ceremony will make Lizama the first Airman promoted to Brigadier General in the Guam Air National Guard
JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Guam – Colonel Johnny S. Lizama, current Director of Staff – Air, Joint Forces Headquarters, Guam National Guard, will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General by the Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor of Guam and Commander-In-Chief of the Guam National Guard, during a promotion ceremony on Wednesday, July 29th, beginning at in the afternoon at Building 700, Guam National Guard Readiness Center, in Barrigada.
This promotion ceremony is historical as Colonel Lizama will be the first Chamorro Airman to be promoted, and federally recognized, to the rank of Brigadier General in the Guam Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force.
As the Director of Staff—Air, Joint Forces Headquarters, Guam National Guard, Colonel Lizama exercises overall control of all Guam Air National Guard personnel, material and fiscal resources, and also serves as principal adviser to the Adjutant General on matters pertaining to Air National Guard functions.
Colonel Lizama served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and the U.S. Air Force before joining the Guam Air National Guard in 1988 as the 254th Services Flight Superintendent. He was instrumental in the stand-up of that new unit.
Colonel Lizama was commissioned in the Guam Air National Guard in July 1992 and was a Personnel Programs Officer, 254th Air Base Group. Subsequently he became the Director of Personnel in the Active Guard Reserve program.
As the Director of Personnel and Comptroller, from 2002-2006, Colonel Lizama was instrumental in the planning and standup of the 254th Security Forces Squadron.
Colonel Lizama was the commander of the 254th Air Base Group, Guam Air National Guard from August 2007 to September 2013 and was responsible for the overall command, control and supervision of all Guam Air National Guard units and activities and for attaining and maintaining maximum operational readiness capabilities.
Colonel Lizama is a 1977 graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Guam, a Masters in Public Administration and Human Resources from Golden Gate University and is a graduate of the Air War College. He has received numerous awards and decorations during his military career.
He is married to the former Doris (Dee) Camacho San Nicolas from Santa Rita and they have four children and two grandchildren: Keith and Paula Jean (Taehlyn-Jean and Urijah-John); Kimberly and Jonathan Fowler; Brother Cody and Rico.
For more information on the promotion or the ceremony, please contact Maj. Josephine Blas, Guam National Guard Public Affairs Officer, at 735-0409.