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Gov. of Guam Lou Leon Guererro and Guam military leaders pose with the winners of the Guam Missile Defender of the Year Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Nicholas Crisp)

At the forward edge of the most consequential theater in the world, we recognized our best missile defenders on Guam, US Homeland, US Territory. Bringing the mission of defending Guam’s 170,000 US Citizens to the cutting edge of the forward edge.  

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s official statement https://governor.guam.gov/press_release/governor-commends-recipients-of-2021-missile-defense-award  

On October 28th, 2021, the Commander and Chief, the Governor of Guam Lou Leon Guerrero honored our Guam missile defenders in their excellence of service for this past year. In a Joint Team and effort alongside the Governor was Major General Esther Aguigui, Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard, Brigadier General Christopher K. Faurot Guam Air Force National Guard, Brigadier General Jeremy T. Sloane, 36th Wing Commader USAF, Colonel Matthew Dalton 38th Brigade ADA Commander U.S Army, Command US Navy Master Chief Nicholas Messina, US Navy Captain Gadala “Rick” Kratzer, and Guam National Guard Command Sergeant Major Duane Perez. 

MDAA is honored to recognize our 2021 Guam Missile Defender of the Year awardees  

Security Forces IV Awardees

Specialist John-Anthony Aguon

Delta Company Forward, 1-294th Infantry Regiment Task Force Talon 

Sergeant Timothy Barcinas

Delta Company Forward, 1-294th Infantry Regiment Task Force Talon

E-3 ADA Maintainer Awardee

Specialist Brianna Brown

E-3 Air Defense Artillery, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Task Force Talon

E-3 ADA Sustainer Awardee

Sergeant Keenan Thompson E-3 Air Defense Artillery, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Task Force Talon 

E-3 ADA Junior Enlisted Soldier Awardee

Specialist Austin SmithE-3 Air Defense Artillery, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Task Force Talon 

E-3 ADA Noncommissioned Officer Awardee

Sergeant Nicholas AllenE-3 Air Defense Artillery, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Task Force Talon

 F-55 ADA Noncommissioned Officer Awardee

Sergeant James Copeland F-55 Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Task Force Talon 

E-3 ADA Officer Awardee

Second Lieutenant Peter Gonsalves E-3 Air Defense Artillery, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Task Force Talon 

Marine Corps Awardee

Lieutenant Colonel Tate Buntz Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz 

Air Force Awardee

Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Perry36th Operations Group 

In this epic time, we bring forward and recognize American Champions in American Force to set the conditions to win to preserve peace and stability in the Pacific.  

https://www.andersen.af.mil/News/Features/Article/2826491/missile-defender-of-the-year-

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https://www.postguam.com/news/local/nonprofit-awards-guard-task-force-members-the-guam-missile-defender-of-the-year-award/article_7babb290-387e-11ec-b841-43394eadb986.html

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