PALAU, FSM RECRUITS SIGN UP FOR U.S. MILITARY

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By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, July 31) - Vice President and Justice Minister Elias Camsek Chin administered the oath of enlistment of the new recruits from Palau and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for the United States Armed Forces yesterday at the Kalau Gym.

The new recruits from Palau for the U.S. Army are Idechil Augusto, Gladys Blesam, Gilbey Gilbert, Omtilou Tellei, Efrin Tellei, Silverio Tumechub, Camellia Wasisang, Jerilyn Ngirdimau, Charles Besebes, Darrel Derbai, Sidney Itelmong, Gerda Remekel, Jase Tsuneo, Dilmeringel Ngirmechaet and Justine Worswick.

Another two Palauan recruits for the U.S. marines also took their oath namely Seth Carlson and Melaos Tmetuchl. The recruits from Yap State, FSM are Lannie Garayol, Serah Sor, Slyssia Turow, Masako Azuma, John Mangarfir, John Yuguffel and Terry Mirmed.

Chin, who is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, encouraged the new recruits to take advantage of the opportunity and asked for assurance from U.S. Charge d’Affaires Mark Bezner that they must be taken cared of while in service.

Senator Alfonso Diaz, who is also a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant, was the guest speaker. Diaz talked about his experiences while serving the U.S. Armed Forces for 23 years. He entered the service when he was 16 years old but then his age was adjusted to meet the requirement age of 17.

Diaz said he stepped out of high school, did not have a family and he needed something to take care of him until he met an American soldier that gave him the opportunity. He just finished 9th grade and the Vietnam War opened the opportunity for me to enter the U.S. Army. He told them to take advantage of the education that comes with the military service.

"You have to have the will to do. That’s the only way to do it. You have to work hard. Enjoy your trip to the U.S. and be a good soldier," Diaz said.

Also gracing the occasion were Lt. Cdr. Carla Vivar, Operations Officer Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station, First Sergeant Fitimalo Siaosi, Guam Recruitment Detachment Commander and MSgt. Clarence Masayos of the US Marines.

Others present were Minister of Education Mario Katosang, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs Alexander Merep, the parents of the new recruits and other guests.

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