Another anonymous letter critical of Guard leadership

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Adjutant General Esther Aguigui (PNC file photo)

An anonymous Guam National Guard soldier has reached out to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, requesting for a closed-door meeting to allow soldiers to air their concerns without fear of reprisal.

“As a relatively mid-level to senior female in the organization and given my age, I believe many soldiers look at me as they would their mother. They take advantage of my ability to listen and provide unbiased counsel. It is because of them that I write this letter. I am also writing on behalf of the silent, the fearful, the dismissed, and the exiled. I am writing on behalf of the many soldiers who have lost their drive, motivation, and will to work. I am writing to talk about the rapid decay of a great organization as a result of poor management and leadership,” the anonymous soldier wrote.

The anonymous letter is addressed to the governor and airs the concerns of the soldier and other soldiers in the Guam National Guard. It also questioned the leadership and qualifications of Adjutant General Esther Aguigui and Col. Kory Gacono, Asst. Adjutant General.

“They may have been the first women in those positions, but they are also the first women to revert the organization to a less evolved state to what I called in the pre-9/11 days as the ‘BBQ Days,’” wrote the soldier, who further accused Aguigui of Gestapo-like tactics.

“There is an unofficial term circulating throughout the organization ‘Tight With [the] Delfins’ aka ‘TWD’ aka ‘The Walking Dead.’ Those who are affiliated with or have ever affiliated with or are believed to have shown loyalty to Colonels Romeo and Ronnie Delfin are labeled TWD. Those loyal to the Command Team are told to collect information and report on the activities on those labeled TWD,” continued the letter.

The anonymous soldier in her letter names 14 soldiers and airmen who she says have been transferred out, further stating that they represent only a small number of the stories of injustice within the Guard.

“Governor, we are not asking you to relieve the Adjutant General despite it being the quickest and easiest solution. We just want your assistance to stop the madness. If you could please set up a closed-door forum where our identities are protected, many of us would be happy to speak to you one-on-one to better explain our positions, talk about the illegal actions that have taken place since the appointment of Lt. Col. Aguigui, and describe the Gestapo-like biased investigations against innocent soldiers,” the letter concluded, adding, “We submit this letter anonymously for fear of reprisal.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.