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Saipan soldier involved in recovery program gets promotion

U.S. Army Pvt. Juan Camacho, one of the Guam Army National Guard members  who are participating in the typhoon recovery efforts on Saipan, has been promoted to the rank of private first class.

 “This is a very special moment for me,” Camacho told Variety after a brief ceremony in the parking lot of the Saipan mayor’s office on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The promotion ceremony was attended by Mayor David M. Apatang, his office staff members and field personnel, Camacho’s family and other members of the Guam Army National Guard led by Capt. Bernard Cruz.

Former Rep. Joseph M. Palacios, Camacho’s father-in-law, said as a former U.S. Army soldier himself he is “very proud” of his son-in-law.

U.S. Army PFC Juan Camacho and family members pose after the promotion ceremony.U.S. Army PFC Juan Camacho and family members pose after the promotion ceremony.

Camacho’s older sister and the governor’s special assistant for public transportation Alfreda P. Camacho  said: “Witnessing another milestone for my younger brother, who currently serves under the Guam National Guard, is truly humbling.  I am used to seeing him receive swimming medals and trophies when he used to represent the CNMI in competitive swimming, so this is something I am going to get used to.”

PFC Camacho, who graduated from Grace Christian Academy, said as member of the engineering company he was assigned to the debris removal operation as equipment operator.

He said they have been assisting the mayor’s office in removing typhoon debris in the villages.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, his staff members and field personnel with newly promoted U.S. Army PFC Juan Camacho.Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, his staff members and field personnel with newly promoted U.S. Army PFC Juan Camacho.

Captain Cruz said PFC Camacho is “a great soldier” and that they are having a great experience in performing the typhoon recovery tasks with the Saipan mayor’s office.

“It is our main mission to help and support the community impacted by the disaster,” Cruz said.

He thanked the community on Saipan, saying the “people here are very kind and generous.”

Mayor Apatang lauded PFC Camacho for his promotion as he thanked all the volunteers from the Guam Army National Guard for their assistance.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang with his field personnel and members of the Guam Army National Guard.  Photos by Junhan B. TodiñoSaipan Mayor David M. Apatang with his field personnel and members of the Guam Army National Guard. Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

“We work together very closely. We are like family,” he added.

The mayor said about 130 National Guard members are involved in clearing the debris left by Typhoon Yutu.

Some have already left Saipan while the rest will remain on island to continue assisting the mayor’s office until next week, he added.