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Naval Base Guam Celebrates Chamorro Month, Aimed at Celebrating Guam's Rich History and Building Better Relationships, Trusts and Understanding with the Local Community

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) – United States Navy sailors assigned to U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) came together with island residents at the Navy Exchange (NEX) for Chamorro Month, a celebration of Guam's native culture, on March 16 2014.

The festivities kicked off in the morning with the opening of the Chamorro Hut, which had been built over the last few days by volunteers from one of the local villages, and a few Sailors lending a hand.

NEX Guam and Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) have partnered to organize and host the event since its inception in 2009 and continue to promote Guam's culture and heritage with the event. "We don't stay on the base; we go out and live, work and shop in the community," Ward said. "When we do that and we allow the folks to come on the base for special events like this, we foster those better relationships and trusts and understanding so we can enable our mission here but still continue to support the community and acknowledge and respect the culture that is part of Guam."

 Capt. Mike Ward, U.S. Naval Base Guam commanding officer, center, shares a laugh with Agat Vice Mayor Agustin Quintanilla during the kick-off of Chamorro month. (U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos)

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U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Jared Jamila Has Family to Motivate

SAN DIEGO (July 2012) - Many recruits have often had different reasons for choosing to enlist in the Marine Corps. For recruit Jared Dylan Jamila, his family was the inspiration he needed to take the first step.Jamila is currently undergoing recruit training with Platoon 2153, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.Thousands of miles away, on an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean known as Palau, Micronesia, Jamila was raised. The small tropical island is not only home for Jamila, but for his family to include his two year old daughter, Cherish, the main inspirations for enlisting.With a poor family background and a mother fighting to make ends meet, the 18 year old Pacific Islander left Palau.  Even though leaving his family behind for the time being was difficult, Jamila knew it was something he had to do. He used his family, and above all his daughter, as motivation during recruit training to get through it. 

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U.S. Marine Corporal Jordi Inoke from Pohnpei, Micronesia Wraps Up Second Afghan Tour

U.S. Marine Corporal Jordi Inoke, radio operator, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, gets a radio check near the Kajaki Dam, in Helmand Province Afghanistan, July 1, 2012. Inoke, 24, who hails from Pohnpei, Micronesia, joined the Marine Corps shortly after his brother joined, and is near the end of his second deployment to Afghanistan.  
(Photo by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGEE, Kajaki District, Afghanistan (July 7, 2012) – Marines seem to come from all walks of life, some more distant than others. For one Marine, growing up in Micronesia was his childhood. Corporal Jordi Inoke, a radio operator with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, says he's proud to be in Afghanistan, on his second deployment and supporting International Security Assistance Forces. "I like deploying to Afghanistan," said Inoke. "I feel like we're doing good work, and we are truly earning our paychecks out here." Inoke grew up on Pohnpei, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia. "I grew up with my grandparents, and we had a big family," said Inoke. "When I was a kid, I did what kids do: play and go to school." Inoke‟s life on the small island gives him a different experience than most Marines, having to share almost everything he had with his family.

Story extract by U.S. Marine Corporal Kenneth Jasik from Regimental Combat Team 6.



The U.S. Army Enlists 22 Micronesians from Pohnpei and Kosrae

The U.S. Army Enlists 22 Micronesians from Pohnpei and Kosrae

On June 21, 2012, twenty-two Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) citizens, seventeen men and five women took the oath of enlistment to join the United States Army at the U.S. Embassy in Pohnpei. The enlistees, from Pohnpei and Kosrae, will depart for basic training over the next 6 months.
Source: U.S. Embassy Kolonia, Micronesia - Media Release No. 2012-8





A 12-year journey home

Located 430 miles south of  Guam  in the Western Pacific Ocean, is a small, coral atoll made up of 22 islands called Woleai. Part of the  Federated States of Micronesia, the atoll's inhabitants are isolated from the rest of the world with their only means of communication being a VHF radio.  Woleai is a unique place in the world; everything on the atoll is communal and there are different clans, each with their own chief. Above each clan chief are three paramount chiefs that rule the island. While Woleai Atoll is a place many of us have never heard of, or will likely never visit in our lives, there are approximately 1,000 people who proudly call the atoll "home." Petty Officer 2nd Class Kensley Raigeluw is one of these people. More    Raigeluw

First Palauan to Join U.S. Armed Forces; Leaves Family Legacy of Military Service; Laid to Rest in Peleliu


(January 2012) The first Palauan national to join the U.S. Armed Forces in 1954, retired Army SFC Francisco Masato Kumangai, passed away in Koror, Palau in December 2011. During his career in the U.S. Army, he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Of Mr. Kumangai's seven children, five followed his example and joined the U.S. Armed Forces:  one graduated from West Point, two graduated from the Naval Academy, one from Citadel, one served in the Air Force and one is still in active duty in the Army Reserve. 

The first Palauan national to join the U.S. Armed Forces in 1954, retired Army SFC Francisco Masato Kumangai, passed away in Koror, Palau in December 2011.
Approximately 500 Palauans currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces – five have been killed while on active duty since 9/11.  The funeral was held on Peleliu on December 11, 2011 and was attended by numerous Palauan government officials, including Palau President Johnson Toribiong as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Palau Helen Reed-Rowe.  U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, visiting Palau at the time, attended and delivered a condolence letter from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.  More

Command Sergeant Major Iuniasolua T. Savusa, USA

Command Sergeant Major
Iuniasolua T. Savusa, USA
Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Pacific Command

Command Sergeant Major Iuniasolua T. Savusa serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader and advisor to the United States Pacific Command Combatant Commander and staff. He provides an enlisted perspective on AOR strategic vision, theater security cooperation, including partner nations enlisted leadership development, and the operational readiness of 430,000 United States military personnel. CSM Savusa creates awareness and provides guidance on the commander's theater strategic objectives to all United States enlisted personnel. He serves as the senior mentor for all command senior enlisted personnel assigned to service component Headquarters and Sub-Unified Commands, as well as Joint Task Force command senior enlisted leaders. As a command representative, he presents an enlisted perspective to countries requesting assistance in developing and maintaining a corps of professionally committed technically and tactically competent enlisted leaders. More





U.S. Ambassador Campbell with Marshallese youth who enlisted this year into the U.S. Military

U.S. Ambassador Campbell with this Marshallese youth who enlisted this year into the U.S. Military
(September 12, 2011)

Eight Marshallese Enlist in U.S. Military (September 12, 2011): As reported from the U.S. Embassy (Majuro) several officials from the Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) visited Majuro this week to process and induct eight Marshallese into the U.S. Army. Four men and four women enlisted after successfully completing all screening and testing required to join. The new recruits, all high school graduates, come from Majuro and Ebeye as well as from the outer islands of Jaluit and Wotje. They will travel to Honolulu to begin their training in March 2012.





Marshallese and Palauan Soldiers Become American Citizens in Afghanistan

Spc. Tod Lanki of Honolulu (second from right) a human resources specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, TF Falcon, became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony at Camp Pheonix, Afghanistan, July 4, 2011. Lanki, originally from the Marshall Islands, was singled out by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry during the ceremony for having earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart while serving in Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, Task Force Falcon Public Affairs)

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 5, 2011) -- On a day marking the 235th birthday of the United States, five Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, took the Oath of Naturalization, becoming some of the nation's newest citizens during a ceremony on July 4, 2011.

"You are representative of the values and diversity that make our country stronger," said U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry as he addressed 48 servicemembers from 25 countries. "The great patriots who founded our nation have a lot in common with you. Like them, you've fought to keep America safe, and you've served with distinction." More











Micronesia's Fallen Heroes Remembered on Memorial Day

At a ceremony at the Pohnpei International Airport on Memorial Day, Monday May 30, 2011, Mr. Ioakim Loney (father) and Mrs. Flora P. Loney (wife) unveil the portrait of the late U.S. Army Sergeant Youvert Loney, who died on September 5, 2009 in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy U.S. Embassy – Kolonia)

On May 31,2011 - the United States Embassy to the FSM, the Federated States of Micronesia National Government, Pohnpei State Governor's Office, the Pohnpei Port Authority, and the Veterans' Association hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Pohnpei International Airport in Dekehtik. The collaborative effort included an unveiling of portraits of FSM citizens in the U.S. Armed Forces who have passed away while on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait since 2004. More






First Marshallese Citizen Graduates from Coast Guard Academy

Cadet First Class Jefferson Bobo from the Marshall Islands receives his oath of office from President Zedkaia at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation attended by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

On Wednesday (May 18, 2011), Jefferson Bobo became the first Marshallese citizen to graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Cadet Bobo was sworn in by Marshall Islands President Jurelang Zedkaia and will return to Ebeye on May 24.  After spending two weeks on Kwajalein Atoll, he will come to Majuro and begin his employment with the government. The full graduation ceremony can be found on C-SPAN;  Bobo is sworn in at about the 54 minute mark. Bobo receives his commission at the 1 hour and 10 minute mark.








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