CNMI Legislature recognizes Coast Guard officer

The family of Lt. Christine Torres Igisomar and Capt. Christopher Chase, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, pose with members of the CNMI House of Representatives after accepting a joint resolution on her behalf at the House chamber on Capital Hill. (Contributed Photo)

Capt. Christopher Chase, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, accepted a joint resolution from the CNMI Legislature on Saipan on behalf of Lt. Christine Torres Igisomar, currently earning a master’s degree in Human Resource Management at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, as part of the Coast Guard’s Advanced Education program.

The recognition took place at the House chamber on Capital Hill on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

The resolution, authored by Rep. Ivan Blanco, recognized Igisomar for her efforts in recruiting in the CNMI.

After the closure of the Coast Guard’s recruiting office in Guam in 2012, only one person from the CNMI joined the Coast Guard. She led two teams in September 2017 and May 2018, and a result, five have enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, one is currently part of the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative, and four have applied to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s class of 2023.

Igisomar, a native of Saipan, is the first female from the CNMI to graduate from any U.S. Service Academy, and the first woman to be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. (PR)

The family of Lt. Christine Torres Igisomar and Capt. Christopher Chase, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, check out the joint resolution that was presented to Igisomar at the House chamber on Capital Hill. (Contributed Photo)

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