The Rota Legislative Delegation passed Friday a local bill that would name the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps building at the Rita H. Inos Junior/Senior High School in Liyo, Rota, as the Sgt. Maj.
Herman Manglona Atalig JROTC Building in recognition and appreciation of Atalig’s “untiring and outstanding contributions to the Public School System and to the people of the Commonwealth.”
Sen. Teresita A. Santos (Ind-Rota), author of Senate Local Bill 22-13, said that Atalig honorably served in the U.S. Army from June 1968 to April 1996 as an infantryman. In 1968, at the age of 20, Atalig was drafted into the Army where he was an infantry point man during the Vietnam War. Later in his career, Atalig served during the Panama invasion.
During his military career, Atalig held many positions, the most rewarding being with the Republic of Korea Marine ranger and Recondo school instructor; senior drill sergeant instructor and Rutgers University ROTC instructor; Sergeant Major Inspector General; Operation Sergeant Major for Forces Command; and Senior Army Enlisted Advisor for the Reserve Component in Guam.
Atalig received numerous award and badges, and commendations.
Aafter 28 years in active duty, Atalig returned to Rota to fulfill a promise made to his father that he would return home to serve his community. For the next 16 years, Atalig was the senior Army instructor for the Rota H. Inos High School’s JROTC Program.
Right now, Atalig is serving his second four-year term in the Public School System State Board of Education.