Citizen-Soldiers from 1st Bn. 296th Inf. Reg. and 1st Bn. 65th Inf. Reg. become certified in the Combat Life Saver (CLS) course in Camp Santiago for their upcoming Combat Trains Command Post (CTCP) exercise. The five day course culminates with a field exercise which took place Friday, April 13. (National Guard photos by Josue Rivera)
The Puerto Rico National Guard joins the celebration of Earth Day. This is an annual event celebrated by more than 1 billion people in 193 countries worldwide on April 22. The PRNG demonstrates full support to this movement through its environmental protection programs and conservation awareness programs. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an event which transcends all national borders and brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature. Earth Day should be every day.
RSG Ruck March
Citizen-Soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard 191st Regional Support Group (RSG), conducted a Ruck March at CSJTC in Salinas, Puerto Rico, April 7, as part of the SHARP program activities during the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. After the walk, the soldiers participated in orientations about suicide prevention, substance abuse, sexual assault prevention and ESGR program. (PRNG photos by: Sgt. Alexis Vélez / Released - PAO)
RSG Ruck March
Ciudadanos-Soldados del Grupo Regional de Apoyo 191 de la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico realizaron un “Ruck March” en el Campamento Santiago en Salinas, Puerto Rico, abril 7, como parte de las actividades del programa SHARP durante el mes de la Concientización y Prevención de Asalto Sexual. Una vez concluida la caminata los soldados participaron de charlas sobre prevención del suicidio, abuso de sustancias, prevención de ataque sexual y del programa ESGR. (GNPR fotos por: Sgto. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)
On April 12, twenty distinguished veterans from several coflicts were inducted into the Puerto Rico Veterans Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the American University in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Among the special guests in attendance were the governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Ricadro Rosselló. You can visit this virtual Hall of Fame by going to www.opv.pr.gov . (National Guard photos by Josue Rivera)
Citizen-Soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard continue with their efforts of distributing food and water to the residents of the municipality of Utuado, Puerto Rico, after the effects of Hurricanes Irma and María last year, March 6. The distribution of the supplies took place at the Public Square of the municipality where hundreds of residents arrived at this location in order to take home the much needed provisions. There are still many areas around this municipality where the electricity service is still unavailable and yet might take a while to get this essential service up and running again. (National Guard photos by Spc. Hamiel Irizarry, PRNG-PAO)
Military Hiring Fair coming up soon! A great opportunity for our Service Members and spouses who are looking for a new job and/ or a career change.
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program conducted a pre-deployment event for the families of the deploying Citizen-Soldiers of the 191st CS HHD who will mobilize to the Central Command Area of Operations, April 8. Nearly 120 Citizen-Soldiers and their families participated in the two-day event along 20 service providers who briefed the participants in areas such as benefits, credit, family counseling and legal matters among other subjects.
The PRNG Land Component Commander, Col. Narciso Cruz, addressed the participants using his personal experiences while mobilized in Iraq and stressed the importance of keeping focused on the mission while maintaining the pride as representatives of our institution. (Photos by: Spc. Hamiel Irizarry, PRNG-PAO)
El Programa de Reintegración Familiar “Yellow Ribbon” llevó a cabo el evento pre-movilización para los familiares de Ciudadanos-Soldados del Destacamento de Cuarteles Generales del 191 RSG, quienes se movilizan hacia el área de operaciones del Comando Central, abril 8. El evento de dos días contó con la participación de cerca de 120 Ciudadanos-Soldados y sus familias y 20 proveedores de servicio quienes orientaron a los presentes en áreas como beneficios, crédito, consejería familiar, asuntos legales entre otros temas.
El Comandante de las Fuerzas Terrestres de la GNPR, Coronel Narciso Cruz, habló de sus experiencias durante su movilización a Irak, de la importancia de esta misión y de mantener siempre el norte como unidad y como orgullosos representantes de la organización a la vez que se puso a la disposición de los familiares de los movilizados. (Fotos por: Spc. Hamiel Irizarry, GNPR-PAO)
Is your team ready? The Public Affairs Office's "Bowling Affairs" team is ready! The "Strike Sexual Assault" Bowling Tournament which had been scheduled for today has been re-scheduled for next Wednesday, April 25, at 1pm, at the Fort Buchanan Bowling Lanes. See you there!
The PRNG congratulates Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Delgado for his promotion on April 7 that took place at the PRNG Headquarters, Fort Buchanan. Delgado, who attained the rank of Staff Sgt. before becoming a Warrant Officer, works in the PRNG G6.
*If you are interested in becoming a Warrant Officer, please contact Chief Warrant Officer 3 Yasmin Toro at 787-289-1400 x 2020/ 2012/ 2019. (Photos by: Master Sgt. Luis E. Orengo, PRNG-PAO)
LA GNPR felicita al CW2 David Delgado por su promoción llevada a cabo el día 7 de abril en los Cuarteles Generales de la GNPR ubicados en el Fuerte Buchanan. Delgado, quien obtuvo el rango de Sargento de Estado antes de comisionarse como Oficial Técnico, labora en la sección del G6 de la GNPR.
*Si este interesado en ser un Oficial Técnico, llame a la CW3 Yazmin Toro al 787-289-1400 x 2020/ 2012/ 2019. (Fotos por: Sgto Maestre Luis E. Orengo, GNPR-PAO)
The Puerto Rico National Guard 1-65th Infantry Regiment celebrated their Gala event at the Luis “Wito” Santiago Convention Center in Coamo, Puerto Rico, April 14. The event was dedicated to Col. (Ret.) Jeffrey Pounding, former commander of the regiment and to Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Juan L. Irizarry, also a former member of the regiment. This is the first time a Gala event of this kind has taken place for a specific unit of the PRNG. Former commanders and former members as well as retired personnel from the regiment were present to celebrate this first-of-a-kind event. (National Guard photos by Mr. Waldemar Rivera, PRNG-PAO/Released)
Children, youth and adults all enjoyed the activities sponsored by the PRNG Child and Youth Program during the “Purple Up for Military Kids Day,” part of the Military Child Month celebration at Camp Santiago Joint Training Center in Salinas, April 7. (Photos by: Spc. Hamiel Irizarry, PRNG-PAO)
Niños, jóvenes y adultos disfrutaron en grande de las actividades llevadas a cabo por el Programa de Niños y Jóvenes de la GNPR durante la celebración del “Día Púrpura del Niño Militar”, parte de la celebración del mes del niño militar llevado a cabo en los terrenos del Campamento Santiago en Salinas, abril 7. (Fotos por: Spc. Hamiel Irizarry, GNPR-PAO)
Getting Ready for El Salvador - Beyond the Horizon 2018
Citizen-Soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard load a Military Sealift Command vessel with essential equipment at Las Americas Port in Ponce, April 7. This equipment is headed toward El Salvador where the PRNG will take charge of Combined Joint Task Force Hope to assist in the building of 5 schools and the operation of 5 medical clinics as part of the Beyond the Horizon Mission.
Members of the Puerto Rico National 191st Regional Support Group departed from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Carolina, Puerto Rico, heading toward Fort Hood, Texas, as part of their mobilization process, April 15. The group will complete their pre-mobilization training at Fort Hood before deployment to the Middle East where they will conduct support operations in the CENTCOM region. Col. Miguel A. Méndez, 101st Troop Command commander, was present representing the leadership of the PRNG while sharing with the Soldiers and seeing them depart to their mission. Friends gathered at the airport to wish them a safe trip as well as family members who went to see their loved ones depart. (National Guard photos by Mr. Waldemar Rivera, PRNG-PAO)
Campamento STARBASE 2018
Se acerca el verano y el programa STARBASE en la Base Aérea Muñiz en Carolina se prepara para iniciar su Campamento 2018 para los dependientes de miembros de nuestra Guardia Nacional. Los espacios son limitados y el campamento es libre de costo. La fecha de inicio es el 25 de junio de 2018.
The Puerto Rico State Guard visited the municipality of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, in order to impact the community of Barrio Cayagüas with a health prevention clinic event, Mar. 24. The PRSG 900th Medical Group together with COSSMA, a local non-profit healthcare provider, offered a myriad of free-of-cost preventive health-check services to those in Cayagüas and surrounding communities. People arrived to the site despite the rain and the bad weather forecast to receive preventive medical services. (National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Alberto Fantauzzi, PRSG-PAO)
Washington Delegation Inspects PRNG installations
Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs conduct an oversight visit in Puerto Rico to evaluate the conditions of the National Guard's military installations after Hurricane Maria. The delegation comprised by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) and Matthew E. Washington, visited the facilities of the National Guard Army Aviation in San Juan and Camp Santiago Joint Training Center in Salinas, April 3. The subcommittee will take the results of the inspection to Washington as part of the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. (PRNG photos by Sgt. Josué Rivera and Sgt. Alexis Vélez / Released-PAO)
Delegación de Washington Inspecciona Instalaciones de la GNPR
Miembros del Subcomité de Asignaciones de la Cámara Federal de Construcción Militar y Asuntos de Veteranos realizaron una visita de inspección en Puerto Rico para evaluar las condiciones de las instalaciones militares de la Guardia Nacional luego del paso del huracán María. La delegación compuesta por la Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D–Florida), el Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) y Matthew E. Washington, visitó las instalaciones de Aviación de la Guardia Nacional en San Juan y el Campamento Santiago en Salinas, abril 3. El subcomité llevará los resultados de la inspección a Washington como parte de los esfuerzos de recuperación tras el paso del huracán María. (GNPR fotos por Sgto. Josué Rivera y Sgto. Alexis Vélez / Released-PAO)
The Puerto Rico National Guard 130th EN BN conducted a Change of Responsibility Ceremony at the CW3 Luis F. Quiñones Readiness Center in Camp Tortuguero, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, April 8. During this event, Command Sgt. Major Pedro G. Ríos relinquished his responsibility as the 130th EN BN CSM to Command Sgt. Major Julio O. Morales during they day’s drill activities. The 101st Troop Command commander, Col. Miguel A. Méndez, was present officializing the ceremony along with the 130th commander, Lt. Col. Kevin P. Crawford. (National Guard photos by Mr. Waldemar Rivera, PRNG-PAO)
Citizen-Soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard continue to provide support to the island-municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico, getting involved in the reconstruction and thus helping the local economy flourish once again, March 9. The PRNG has been giving this support since day-one after Hurricane Maria ripped through the Island of Puerto Rico last year turning the whole region into an area of devastation. The Guard is still active providing security missions in the area while working in collaboration with other emergency agencies like the local Police Department, municipality’s Fire Department, Electric Power Authority and area hospitals among others. (National Guard photos by Spc. Hamiel Irizarry PRNG-PAO)
SAAPM Proclamation Lecture
Col. Narciso Cruz, representing the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera, leads the proclamation lecture which marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month, April 2. With the reading of this proclamation, the Puerto Rico National Guard SHARP Program, directed by Vanessa Colón, begins a series of activities during this month of April with the purpose of raising awareness about the effects that acts of sexual assault can cause within the organization. During the event, cadets of the Puerto Rico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program displayed art projects which reflect the mission of the SHARP program. Also, Mrs. Colón was awarded an Army Commendation Medal by Lt. Col. Patrick J. Dillon, Fort Buchanan Deputy Garrison Commander, for her outstanding work in SHARP program. The proclamation lecture ceremony was held at Fort Buchanan, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. (PRNG photos by: Maj. Paul W. Dahlen & Sgt. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)
Lectura Proclama Mes Concientización y Prevención Agresión Sexual
El Coronel Narciso Cruz, en representación del Ayudante General de Puerto Rico, Isabelo Rivera, hizo lectura de la proclama que da inicio al mes de la Concientización y Prevención de Agresión Sexual, abril 2. Con la lectura de esta proclama, el Programa SHARP de la Guardia Nacional dirigido por Vanessa Colón, comienza una serie de actividades durante el mes de abril con el propósito de crear conciencia sobre los efectos que los actos de ataque sexual pueden causar dentro de la organización. En la actividad, cadetes del programa ChalleNGe exhibieron proyectos de arte en el que reflejan la misión del programa SHARP. También la Sra. Colón recibió un reconocimiento por el Teniente Coronel Patrick J. Dillon, delegado del comandante del Fuerte Buchanan por la gran labor que realiza en el programa SHARP. La ceremonia de lectura de la proclama se llevó a cabo en el Fuerte Buchanan, en Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. (GNPR fotos por: Maj. Paul W. Dahlen y Sgto. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)
The Puerto Rico National Guard 201st Regiment, Regional Training Institute, celebrated the graduation ceremony of Basic Leader Course (BLC) Class 003-18 at Camp Santiago Joint Training Center, Salinas, Puerto Rico, March 23. The Basic Leader Course, formerly known as the Warrior Leader Course (WLC) and Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), is the first course of study in the US Army non-commissioned officer Education System (NCOES). BLC is a month-long course that trains specialists, corporals and sergeants in the fundamentals of leadership. The course curriculum includes instruction in leadership skills, training skills, and war-fighting skills. (National Guard Photos by Spc. Agustín Montañez, PRNG-113th MPAD/ Released)
Citizen-Soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard provided support to the Puerto Rico Fire Department by removing debris after a fire went out of control at La Gloria sector, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, March 5. The fire, which was reported in the morning, was being controlled by the PRFD but a high amount of debris accumulated by the recovery efforts from Hurricane María blocked the access for the fire teams to get to the much needed water supply to extinguish the fire. The Soldiers brought the necessary equipment to remove the obstacles and the fire was successfully put under control. (Photos provided)
The Puerto Rico National Guard ChalleNGe Program makes front page of El Regional de Guayama!
Citizen-Soldiers of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard remove debris at “Centro Vacacional Villas” and the Punta Santiago public beach in Humacao, Puerto Rico, March 26. This mission is part of the ongoing efforts in the recovery phase of Hurricane Maria. (PRNG photos by: Spc. Hamiel Irizarry/Released – PAO)
Ciudadanos-Soldados de la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico remueven escombros y realizan limpieza y mantenimiento en el Centro Vacacional Villas y Balneario Punta Santiago en Humacao, Puerto Rico, marzo 26. Esta misión es parte de los esfuerzos continuos en la fase de recuperación del huracán María. (GNPR fotos por: Spc. Hamiel Irizarry/Released – PAO)