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US Coast Guard recruitment team visits Saipan

A U.S. Coast Guard recruiting team led by Lt. Christine Torres Igisomar is on island to meet with local students.

On Tuesday, the students visited Igisomar’s alma mater, Mount Carmel School, to talk about the opportunities provided to a Coast Guard member.

Igisomar was accompanied by Lt. Jonathan Girot and Petty Officer Mark Prijic of the Coast Guard Recruiting Office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Coast Guard Lt. Christine Torres Igisomar and her team members, Lt. Jonathan Girot and Petty Officer Mark Prijic, attend the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting at the Hyatt’s Giovanni’s Restaurant on Tuesday.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Prijic will be at the Saipan mayor’s office from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. this week.

During the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting at the Hyatt’s Giovanni Restaurant on Tuesday, Igisomar said the recruitment team is on Saipan to fulfill a demand.

“The military has always been part of the CNMI, and we have lots of students interested and joining,” she added.

She said since she left Saipan 15 years ago, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps have been aggressive in their recruitment program in the CNMI.

She said she asked the Coast Guard to also give her opportunity to talk to CNMI students about the opportunities the Coast Guard has to offer.

Igisomar noted that the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination to be accepted. Applications are judged solely on personal merit, she added.

“That was one of the driving factors why it was the only academy I applied to,” she said.

The Coast Guard, she added, has only 40,000 active duty personnel, smaller than the New York City Police Department.

“Yet we operate worldwide in war and peace, rain or shine, to accomplish our mission which includes search and rescue, law enforcement and defense of the homeland.”

She said her career with the Coast Guard gave her and her family the great opportunity to serve others and the local community.

On Wednesday, her team visited Grace Christian Academy and other schools. They are scheduled to visit Saipan International School on Friday.

Igisomar said the team could not visit Rota and Tinian but they would send out materials about the Coast Guard to the mayors’ offices.