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National Guard honors fallen soldiers

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Over the weekend the National Guard held a freedom salute ceremony to recognize our island's heroes who were deployed and returned from serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Task Force Guam was the largest group of reserve component troops to be mobilized and deployed from the territory. The nearly 600 soldiers were spread out in seven units in key locations throughout Afghanistan providing vital security force missions.      

Our fallen heroes, who were killed in action, were also honored and remembered.  1st Battalion 294th Infantry Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonnel Romeo Delfin said, "Our hearts go out to the families of Greg Ferejan Christopher Fernandez, Samson Mora, Brian Leon Guerrero, Dwayne Flores, and Eugene Aguon. Our sons of Guam who are not in our ranks today but will remain in our hearts for their selfless sacrifice they are the reason why we are here."

The freedom salute campaign is the largest Army National Guard recognition program in history. It is designed to publicly acknowledge our army National Guard soldiers as well as those who have supported them during their service in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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