Guam Guard soldiers depart for border mission


Eight soldiers from the Guam Army National Guard prepare to depart for a mission in support of Operation Guardian Support at the southwest border in Yuma, Arizona. Pictured, from left, are Maj. Gen Esther J.C. Aguigui, The Adjutant General; Sgt. Edwin Cantara; PFC Donna Mendiola; PFC Layla Ham; Staff Sgt. Mycolene Palomo; PFC Jesus Santos; PFC Joseph Atoigue; PFC Gerard Quichocho; Sgt. Jonathan Lujan; and State Command Sgt. Maj. Agnes Diaz, Guam Army National Guard senior enlisted adviser. (GUAM NATIONAL GUARD)

The mission continues as eight soldiers from the Guam National Guard departed on Jan. 8 en route to Yuma, Arizona, in support of Operation Guardian Support at the southwest border.

The soldiers are part of a second rotation that will replace soldiers returning home. They will be tasked with providing operational support for domestic operations at the southern border between the United States and Mexico. As of this time, there are about 37 soldiers and airmen supporting that mission.

More than 200 Guam Guard soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment are supporting a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula. They are part of a Multinational Force and Observers team, consisting of about 12 countries, who supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms.

Guam Guard soldiers are also supporting the security forces mission for Task Force Talon, who is responsible for operating the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense gear located at Andersen Air Force Base, Yigo, Guam. 

One Guam Guard airman is deployed to the Centcom region supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and its mission there.

The Guam Guard confirmed yesterday that there are no Guam Guard soldiers or airmen currently serving in Iraq.

“The Guard asks the public for their continued support of our soldiers, airmen, and their families,” said Maj. Gen. Esther Aguigui, The Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard. “We still have soldiers and airmen who are currently deployed or supporting missions around the world. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers now and for the duration of their deployments,” she added. (PR)

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