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First Chamorro airman promoted to brigadier general

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Rows of airman lined the auditorium standing at attention to welcome the Air National Guard's newest brigadier general, Johnny Lizama. "The occasion is momentous considering that Colonel Lizama is the first Chamorro airman to be promoted and federally recognized to the rank of Brigadier General in both the Guam Air National Guard and the US Air Force," the speakers announced.        

Prior to his promotion, Lizama had served as the Air, Joint Forces Headquarters, Guam National Guard director of staff, and previously served as commander of the 254th Air Base Group, director of personnel and comptroller, and director of personnel in the Air National Guard. He also previously served in the US Coast Guard Reserve and active duty US Air Force - a total of 37 years.    

Governor Eddie Calvo said, "I'm here with a lot of pride, but also a lot of self confidence in this guard unit in yourself and in the future of this island. 37 years starting in the Coast Guard Reserve - that's actually a longer term of service than the age of our National Guard! We celebrated our National Guard's birthday a few days back at 34 years. In those 34 years, what started out as less than 100 has grown to about 1,700 both in the Army and Air Force component.

Calvo congratulated Lizama, as did Guard Adjutant General Roderick Leon Guerrero, who explained what brought Lizama to this point in his career. "Earning the rank is directly attributed to advanced military and civilian education, it is directly related to growing, leading, learning, deploying, understanding and solving complex problems, accomplishing the mission, and most importantly it has to do with taking care of people."

Lizama has a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Guam, a master's in public administration and human resources from Golden Gate University, and is a graduate of Air War College. But aside from all the qualifications, Lizama says he is simply a family man, husband to Doris Camacho San Nicolas of Santa Rita, and father of four.

He stated, "I thank Jesus Christ my lord and savior every day for giving me a spiritual that drives me to be his loyal follower. I am a humble god-fearing family man who takes pride in serving his God, country, island, and family."

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