National Guard holds ceremony for Task Force Sindålu

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Photo credit: John Duenas, PNC

Task Force Sindålu, the military’s sixth iteration of critical site security for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system – were sent off by the Guam National Guard earlier today.

As the ceremony began, Major General Aguigui gave a heartfelt speech to the soldiers, saying that being deployed is a thankless job but it is worth keeping for the protection of the island.

“And because you are out on the frontline, where America’s homeland begins, we can all sleep in peace at night,” says Major General Aguigui.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero also credited the brave soldiers who make a difference every day, “The Guam National Guard will always step up as you have always done to protect our homeland, protect our island, and to protect our families, and to protect our people.”

PNC spoke to one of the soldiers and his children who shared what they were going to miss.

Specialist Hogon James said, “We’re going to be guarding Guam, that’s what we’re going to be doing.”

Specialist James’ children Emily and Michael also wanted to share a special message to their dad.

Specialist James’ daughter Emily said, “I wanna tell him, when he comes back, that I miss you and you’ve always been the best dad ever.”

His son Michael had just a few short but meaningful words, “I love you! That’s all.”

PNC also spoke to another soldier who gave some advice to families who have a family member who is getting deployed.

SSG Christian Concepcion said, “Remain resilient. We’re going to go through ups and downs. Soldiers will have their days when they’re feeling very tired and irritated because they’re putting so much hours at work. So I just ask family members to be that comfort and support and we always thank their sacrifices and what they do.”


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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.