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The Soldiers of 1-296th IN BN are performing superbly in Camp Grayling, Michigan! The State Command Sergeant Major, CSM Juvencio Mendez Mercado took some time to visit the troops yesterday to see first-hand how important their training mission is with other National Guard units.

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The Puerto Rico National Guard and the Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), conducted the now traditional employer day “Bosslift” at Camp Santiago, Salinas. The event gives the employers of National Guard members the opportunity to experiment a day as a Soldier, thus providing a better understanding of what their employees do during their military training.

During the day the employers had the opportunity to participate in a variety of military equipment exhibitions and demonstration. They also participated in a virtual reality convoy, used weapons at a simulated weapons range and witnessed a riot control and active shooter apprehension demonstration. In addition to the use of military equipment and eating on military rations, the employers had the chance to get an orientation flight in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

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La Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico y el Programa de Apoyo Patronal (ESGR), celebró el ya tradicional Día Patronal “Bosslift” en el Campamento Santiago en Salinas. Este evento ofrece a los patronos de Guardia Nacionales la oportunidad de experimentar un día como militar y así proveer un mejor entendimiento de las labores de sus empleados durante sus días militares.

Durante el día los patronos tuvieron la oportunidad de ver y participar de exhibiciones de vehículos y equipos militares. Participaron de caravanas militares virtuales y utilizaron el polígono virtual, y vieron un simulacro de control de motines y el proceso de arresto de un disparador activo. En adición a utilizar parte del equipo militar y degustar las raciones militares los patronos tuvieron la oportunidad de tomar un vuelo de orientación en los helicópteros UH-60 Blackhawk.

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The Puerto Rico National Guard is doing some great things in El Salvador! Check out this video to see all the on-going construction projects as part of the "Beyond the Horizons" mission.

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Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 140th Air Defense Support Squadron receives new commander

TOA BAJA, Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 140th Air Defense Support Squadron received a new commander May 6 during an Assumption of Command Ceremony at the unit’s Punta Salinas radar site in Toa Baja.

In the ceremony presided by Brig. Gen. Rafael Carrero, Puerto Rico Air National Guard chief of staff, Major Duvalier Francisco Hernandez Tua, assumed the reins of the 140th Support Squadron in the presence of unit personnel, fellow Puerto Rico National Guardsmen and his immediate family.

“It is a true honor to have been given the trust and responsibility to lead this fine group of professional Airmen, said Maj Hernandez. “As we strive for excellence in our shared future achievements, we will continue to foster the positive work ethic within our unit that is so well respected within the Air Defense community.”

Major Hernandez is a Cyberspace Operations Officer, who earned his commission in May 2007 from the Air Force ROTC Detachment 755 at the University of Puerto Rico, since then he has completed numerous active duty assignments and deployments, including his last assignment in the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center at Barksdale Louisiana, AFB.

“We welcome Major Hernandez to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard family and congratulate him on his new command,” said Brig. Gen. Carrero. “Listening, depending and empowering your Airmen to get the mission done are my best words of advice to any leader who wants to maximize the potential and success of his people.”

The 140th Support Squadron’s maintains work with a variety of radar systems providing military units in the field real-time airspace situational awareness. The 140th ADSS support the USSOUTHCOM and USNORTHCOM Area of Operations providing Air Traffic Control and monitoring functions. Additionally, the 140th supplies radar data to FAA utilized in the local International Airports in San Juan and Aguadilla.

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The Puerto Rico National Guard is very proud of "one of its own" - Captain Enrique Lugo Lorenzo from the 125th MP BN...great job, CPT Lugo!

Tune into SOCSOUTH FB live today at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST)

Sintonízate con SOCSOUTH FB en vivo hoy a las 10:00 a.m. Hora Estándar Central.

Fuerzas Comando 2018 - Panamá

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Hoy inicia el evento Fuerzas Comando 2018 en Panamá. Pendientes!!!

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Ten months after Hurricane Maria, the work of our Citizen - Soldiers and contractors has not stopped. Repairs and improvements to several affected buildings at Camp Santiago Joint Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico have begun, while personnel of the MATES are in charge of maintaining the tactical vehicles, July 10. (PRNG photos by: Sgt. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)

A diez meses del paso del huracán María, los trabajos de nuestros Ciudadanos-Soldados y contratistas no se han detenido. Las tareas de reparación y mejoras a varios edificios afectados del Campamento Santiago en Salinas han comenzado, mientras que personal del “MATES” se encarga de mantener al día los vehículos tácticos utilizados para atender cualquier emergencia que surja durante esta nueva temporada de huracanas que recién comienza. (GNPR fotos por: Sgto. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)

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The ROTC program celebrated the Commissioning Ceremony of 11 cadets who successfully completed the requirements to become 2nd Lieutenants in the US Army, July 7. Col. Ricardo Lebron, Inspector General of the Puerto Rico National Guard gave a special message to the new 2nd Lieutenants during the ceremony that took place in the amphitheater of the School of General Studies at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. Col. Lebron emphasized to the new officers to always take care of their families, have faith and always maintain optimal physical fitness. 2nd Lieutenants Jan André Palau Díaz and Francisco D. Hurtado de Mendoza Peña will be part of the Puerto Rico National Guard as Engineer and Medical Service Officers. (PRNG photos by: Sgt. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)

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Lt. Col. Jenniffer Vargas, our State Behavioral Health Officer, is always available to help you and your Soldiers. This flyer shows her contact information as well as the many services available.

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The State Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. Maj. Juvencio Méndez, spoke with Citizen - Soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard 755th MP Co. who departed to Soto Cano Airbase in Honduras where they will perform security missions, July 12. Prior to the departure from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina, Mendez expressed the importance of taking care of one another in order to successfully achieve the goals of the mission. (PRNG photos by: Sgt. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)

El Sargento Mayor de Comando del Estado, Sargento Mayor de Comando Juvencio Méndez, dialogó con Ciudadanos-Soldados de la Compañía 755 de Policía Militar de la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico quienes se dirigen a la base de Soto Cano en Honduras donde realizarán misiones de seguridad, julio 12. Antes de su partida desde el Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín en Carolina, Méndez exhortó al compañerismo y a cuidarse entre ellos para que la misión al final cumpla con los objetivos establecidos. (GNPR fotos por: Sgto. Alexis Vélez/Released – PAO)

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Job opportunity for Veterans and members of the PRNG! Mercedes Benz is looking for Auto and Aviation Mechanics with military experience for training and a 1-year contract. More information in the enclosed brochure or at the email: profesordeleon@aol.com (CSM Rafael Deleon). Positions are currently available in PR at Garage Isla Verde.

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PRNG celebrates Warrant Officer Corps 100th birthday

San Juan, PR, July 9, 2018 – The Puerto Rico National Guard celebrated 100 years of the “Quiet Professionals,” as the Warrant Officer Corps is known, at a ceremony held at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.

“The creation of the Warrant Officer Corps has been one of the greatest assets to the US military,” said the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera. “These highly- skilled professionals are considered the keepers of Army knowledge and procedures, and they surely know how to make things happen. I’m proud of the Puerto Rico National Guard Warrant Officers and the positive influence each has had on me during my career.”

The ceremony started with a video depicting the testimonies of past, present and future warrant officers of the PRARNG, and the pride they show by being a part of such an elite corps. Warrant Officer Class 18-01 continued the ceremony by formally presenting their class emblem, which was followed by the ceremonial cake cutting.

“The Warrant Officer’s mission has become fundamentally important to the Nation’s Armed Forces,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jose Garcia, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Puerto Rico National Guard. “As Warrant Officers we are highly skilled, technical experts and advisors. This rank, position and its longevity gives us the opportunity to effectively support the commanders in our areas of expertise, thus enhancing the mission capabilities of any command.”

The PRARNG has 76 Warrant Officers currently serving across the Island. In the US Army, Warrant Officers serve in 17 branches and 67 different specialties. The Warrant Officer rank and grade was approved by act of Congress on July 9, 1918.

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Happy Birthday Warrant Officers! The Puerto Rico Army National Guard celebrates 100 years of the Warrant Officer Corps. (National Guard video by Josue Rivera)

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Happy Birthday Warrant Officers!

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Video honoring the 100th birthday of the Warrant Officer Corps. (National Guard video by Josue Rivera)

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The PRNG is always ready!

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The Puerto Rico National Guard celebrated a promotion ceremony at the Salón Cordero Events Room at the PRNG Joint Force Headquarters Facilities in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 5. Promoted was: Jonathan Tossas Ortiz to the rank of Major with the PRNG. Tossas holds the position of the PRNG Innovative Readiness Training Program Manager. The Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera, was present at the ceremony along with his staff. The oath as a new Field Grade Officer was taken by Col. (P) Narciso Cruz, PRNG Land Component Commander. Friends and family members were present to celebrate with Tossas his most recent accomplishment in his military career as an officer in the Puerto Rico National Guard. (National Guard photos by Mr. Waldemar Rivera, PRNG-PAO/Released)

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The Puerto Rico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy scored 100% as a result of an Inspection by the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Inspection Program (NGYCIP), in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, June 24-28. During an Out-Brief event that took place at the PRNG Joint Force Headquarters Facilities in Fort Buchanan, Ms. Kimberly Hulett, Lead Inspector of the Alutiiq Professional Training Program, presented the inspection findings which places the PRNGYCA at the pinnacle throughout the Nation. The Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera and the Director of the PRNGYCA in Puerto Rico, Ms. Matilde Almodóvar along with her staff, were present at the briefing. Some of the areas evaluated were: Operational Compliance, Operational Performance, Resource Management Compliance, Financial Performance and Overall Health Rating which resulted in outstanding scores for the Youth Academy. (Photos by Mr. Waldemar Rivera, PRNG-PAO/Released)

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Full time jobs available in the PRNG!

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Congratulations to all the great military and civilian employees in Camp Santiago and Fort Allen! Many were recently recognized for their hard work during the Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts. (Image provided)

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