VIDEO: Guam Guard Retreat Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Performance

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Guam –  The Guam Guard held a retreat ceremony yesterday at the Readiness Center in Barrigada.

The Guard holds about 4 retreat ceremonies every year. They bring together the island’s Air and Army Guard units.

Guam Guard Col. John Lizama said the aim is to recognize the performance and service of outstanding airmen and soliders.    

Awards presented at the Guam National Guard Retreat Ceremony, Sunday, February 9th:

(1)    Soldiers and Airmen that have represented the Guam National Guard and competed in the National Guard Bureau’s Lincoln Marathon were awarded an Army or Air Commendation Medal for completing 5 marathons and/or an Army or Air Achievement Medal for completing 3 marathons.

Maj. Gen. Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard, awarded the following:

a.  Receiving both the Army Achievement and the Army Commendation Medal is Guam Army National Guard Capt. Theresa Moreno;

b.  Receiving both the Air Force Achievement and the Air Force Commendation Medal were Guam Air National Guard Master Sgt Jaclyn Paulino and Staff Sergeant Tara Taitano;

c.    Receiving an Air Force Achievement Medal is Guam Air National Guard Technical Sgt Barbara Tayama.

(2)    Soldiers and Airmen were recognized for their accomplishments as Soldier or Airman of the Year or NCO and Senior NCO of the Year. These Soldiers and Airmen received impact awards and other prizes during a Joint Enlisted Awards Banquet held earlier, but were witnessed by only a few in attendance. Therefore, they were recognized in front of the entire Guam National Guard and presented with a TAG Coin of Excellence from Maj Gen Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General.

They are :

a. Senior Airman Francis Presto, 254th Red Horse Squadron, 2013 Guam Air National Guard Airman of the Year;  

b. Staff Sergeant Josh Leon Guerrero, 254th Force Support Squadron, 2013 Guam Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year;

c. Master Sergeant Jerry Damian, 254th Force Support Squadron, 2013 Guam Air National Guard Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year;

d. Recently promoted Sergeant April Schacher, 2013 Guam Army National Guard Soldier of the Year;

e. Staff Sergeant Daniel Glen Salas, 2013 Guam Army National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year;

f.  Master Sergeant Frankie C. Quinata from the Guam Air National Guard’s 254th Security Forces Squadron, was recognized as the 2013 Oustanding Air National Guard Security Forces Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year;

g.  Chief Warrant Officer 2 Maximo Ronquillo from the Guam Army National Guard 721st Army Band. The 721st Army Band received recognition from the U.S. Marine Corps Activity Guam for the professionalism displayed and exceptional performance during the 238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball.