Veterans, ROTC cadets honored at UOG’s Veterans Day Tribute
The University of Guam honored more than 300 UOG students and 20 employees who have served in the nation’s armed forces at its second annual Veterans Day Tribute ceremony on Nov. 12 in the Calvo Field House.
Delivering the keynote address at the ceremony was UOG alumna Major General Esther J.C. Aguigui, who is now the adjutant general of the Guam National Guard. In this role, Aguigui is the principal advisor to the governor on military matters and is responsible for the training, readiness, management, and combat effectiveness of approximately 1,600 members of the Guam Army and Air National Guards.
“Like thousands of UOG alumni veterans, I am a proud Triton, and I am humbled to stand here at this very institution that provided me with the solid foundation that helped propel me to achieve all that I have,” she said.
Aguigui earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Guam in 1989 and later
studied at the U.S. Army War College in
Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master of Strategic Studies.
“One thing I regret to this day is not taking advantage of the wonderful ROTC program that the University of Guam has here,” she said. “That is the program that offers the rite of passage for all of our Army officers. I commend the Army ROTC program for turning a lot of officers into fine defenders of freedom.”
The University of Guam has maintained an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program since 1979.
Next generation of Army leaders
The Tribute Ceremony included a special recognition from the Guam Legislature for the 11 cadets who were selected to represent the University of Guam and its ROTC program in the 2019 Ranger Challenge training and leadership course on Nov. 2 at Camp Rilea in Oregon.
Veteran support at UOG
UOG seeks to support former servicemembers in their educational pursuits and does so through several means: