Naturalization ceremonies held in celebration of African American Heritage Month

(Photo courtesy of District Court of Guam)

Two naturalization ceremonies were held Tuesday at the District Court of Guam in celebration of African American Heritage Month.

The keynote speaker for the 9:30 am ceremony was: Attorney Clyde Lemons. Mr. Lemons graduated in 1980 from Rutgers University – Camden School of Law with a JD and is licensed in Guam, the CNMI, and Illinois with a general and criminal law practice area. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who now practices at Lujan & Wolff, LLP.

The keynote speaker for the 11:30 am ceremony was: Special Agent Michael Gadsden. Special Agent Gadsden grew up on Johns Island, South Carolina. After graduating from St. John’s High School he attended the University of South Carolina where he obtained a B.S. in Operations Research.

After graduation from college, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served in the sub-surface (submarine), surface (ships), and aviation communities. His final assignment was flying E-2 Hawkeye with our partners in Japan. SA Gadsden entered on duty with the FBI in September 1995 (22-year law enforcement veteran) and has served in a variety of assignments both domestically and worldwide. SA Gadsden has been assigned to the Pacific region for 15 years and has been on Guam since 2003 making him the longest-serving FBI agent on Guam in the office’s history. SA Gadsden is married to Nannette Gadsden and they have three children. Amber who resides in Hokkaido, Japan; Chloe a 2nd LT in the U.S. Air Force and Sidney (son) who is a freshman at the United States Military Academy at West Point. SA Gadsden considers himself blessed and quite fortunate to be assigned to Guam where he has raised his family.

Nelta Iaan from Congressman San Nicolas’ Office was present to present certificates.