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Rachel Rebuenog is top graduate of Corrections Academy

FIFTEEN new officers who completed the 7th Cycle Corrections Academy program graduated on Thursday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa with Rachel Juana Rebuenog as valedictorian — the first female corrections officer to win the honor.

Her parents are also Corrections officers: Capt. David Deleon Guerrero and Lt. Frances Rebuenog.

Her father, a graduate of the 1st Cycle Corrections Academy, said he is very proud of his daughter’s achievement.

Rebuenog, 22, graduated from Marianas High School in 2013. She said the top award was something she aimed for since the beginning of the academy on May 22, 2017.

“I feel very blessed, I am so happy,” she added.   “It is exciting and overwhelming, and I am glad I did it.”

Rebuenog said she is ready to start and apply the training she received from her drill instructors.

Colin L. Kileleman was the academy’s salutatorian while Romeo S. Herman Jr. received the Top Gun Award.

Daniel J. Narro received the Leadership and Most Physically Fit awards.

“I worked hard and did my best to help everybody. I never gave up,” he said, adding that he is ready to serve.

The other graduates are Keith Quiming Lizama, Franklin Pangelinan Santos, Lynnae Camacho, Kelvin Kasian Simina, Sid Xavier Nepaial, Michael Ogo Manglona Jr., Alvir Paras Masga, Tarius Kapwich, Jose Mendiola Lizama, Lorenzo Mettao Lifoifoi, and Jack John Camacho Pua.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Vincent Attao thanked the new officers for pursuing a career that provides care and treatment to people who are incarcerated.

Cadets of the 7th Cycle Corrections Academy with Corrections Commissioner Vincent S. Attao and drill instructors pose for a photo during the graduation ceremony at the Fiesta Resort & Spa, Thursday.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

Attao told the new officers that they must remain professional at all times.

“We must be fair and respect the people we work with. We must treat people the way we would want them to treat us, including inmates because they are people too,” he added.

“We must also watch out for one another and work closely with each other to serve the inmates.”

Gov. Ralph Torres, in his remarks, told the new corrections officers that they have a very important role in protecting the inmates and as well as the people in the community.

“It is your duty to make sure that the inmates are treated well, despite what they have done. We have to help them become part of the community again,” Torres added.