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NMI’s first female command sergeant major garners Tinian pride

(Press Release) — Setting out from Tinian almost 30 years ago, Dolores Pangelinan Kiyoshi decided she would serve her country and enlist in the United States Army.

Now, she is the first female command sergeant major from the CNMI for 115th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Polk Louisiana after being recently promoted and her family could not be more proud.

Dolores Pangelinan Kiyoshi, center foreground, is the first female command sergeant major from the CNMI.  Contributed photoDolores Pangelinan Kiyoshi, center foreground, is the first female command sergeant major from the CNMI. Contributed photo

Prior to enlistment in the United States Army, she completed four years of high school Junior Reserve Officers Training Camp and one year of ROTC on Guam, and then she enlisted in the United States Army in November 1990.

She attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Advanced Individual Training as a Combat Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Kiyoshi has served in most Medical Command Leadership positions to include Patient Hold Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge or NCOIC, Infection Control NCOIC, Birthing Center NCOIC, Intensive Care Unit Wardmaster, Chief Wardmaster, Department of Medicine NCOIC, Operations NCOIC, and Clinical Operations SGM.

Her stateside assignments include 21st Combat Support Hospital or CSH at Ft Hood, TX, Walter Reed Army Medical Center at Washington D.C., Darnall Army Community Hospital at Ft Hood, TX, 549th Area Support Medical Company at Ft Hood, TX, 28th CSH at Ft Benning, GA, 115th CSH at Ft Polk, LA, United States Army Sergeant Major Academy at Ft Bliss, TX, 44th Medical Brigade at Ft Bragg, NC.

Kiyoshi’s overseas assignments include 560th Ground Ambulance Medical Company at CP Humphreys, Korea, 549th Area Support Medical Company at Slovenski-Brod, Croatia, Wurzburg MEDDAC at Wurzburg, Germany, Benincaso Pavilion at Vicenza, Italy, Tripler Army Medical Center at Hawaii.

She has deployed to Cuba, Croatia, Iraq, and Afghanistan for combat and peacekeeping mission.

Her education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advanced NCO Course, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Master Resilience Trainer, Deployable Medical Equipment Course, Equal Opportunity Leader, Unit Antiterrorism Advisor Level One Course, Deployable Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Airborne School, and the Military License Practical Nurse School.

She also has an Associate Degree in General Studies.

Her awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), Army Commendation Medal (12th award), Army Achievement Medal (10th award), Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (2 nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 7), NATO Service Medal (2nd award), Parachutist Badge, EFMB Badge and the Drivers Mechanic Badge. She is also a Sergeant Audie Murphy recipient.

She is the daughter of Ignacio and Teresa P. Kiyoshi and the eldest of eight siblings. She has two daughters Teresa and Marilyn Hernandez.