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Guam Guard Airman wins national awards

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by Nick Delgado

Guam – TSgt Maria Quitugua was recently picked as one the 2011 Air Force Outstanding Security Forces individual awards winners becoming the AF reserve component non-commissioned officer of the year. She was also selected as the Air National Guard security forces NCO of the year after competing against guard members from the nation. Guam National Guard adjutant general Major General Benny Paulino states, "First of all, we are very proud and honored that we have a person, a member of the Guam National Guard that can compete at the national level and win. We are very, very proud of her accomplishments. From a personal point of view I am just ecstatic that we have this individual who has garnered so many awards and recognition at the national level. It's like we have a symbol here in the command, a poster child to show that we have somebody here who has been recognized at the national level, a model, an icon, for the command to show off… it's just awesome, it's awesome, is all I can say."

TSgt Quitugua states, "It has been a truly humbling experience to attain such an honor and one of great anxiety.  Being recognized for such an award leaves me with a feeling of continuous ‘awe'.  I have yet to take it all in."

Quitugua credits her family as the key to her accomplishments. Her short term goal is to attain promotion to the rank of MSgt/E7. 

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