Washington D.C. (August 7, 2007) – Twenty-four young men and women from Palau and Yap, Federated States of Micronesia were sworn in at the Kalau Gym in Palau on July 26, for enlistment in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. The new recruits were given the oath of enlistment by Vice President Elias Camsek Chin of Palau, who is himself a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Senator Alfonso Diaz of Palau, a retired U.S. Army Sergeant, delivered keynote remarks at the ceremony.
Fifteen of the new recruits from Palau enlisted for the U.S. Army: Idechil Augusto, Gladys Blesam, Gilbey Gilbert, Omtilou Tellei, Efrin Tellei, Silverio Tumechub, Camellia Wasisang, Jerilyn Ngirdmau, Charles Besebes, Darrel Derbai, Sidney Itelmong, Gerda Remekel, Jase Tsuneo, Dilmeringel Ngirmechaet and Justine Worswick. Two of the new recruits from Palau enlisted for the U.S. Marine Corps: Seth Carlson and Melaos Tmetuchl. The new enlistees from Yap State in the FSM who signed up for the U.S. Army are Lannie Garayol, Serah Sor, Slyssia Turow, Masako Azuma, John Mangarfir, John Yuguffel and Terry Mirmed.
The Office of Insular Affairs is proud of the sons and daughters of the insular areas who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and recognizes the value of their participation.