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Local women become first Guam females to signup for infantry

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 3:26 PM +10:00 Updated:

History was made as two local women become the first from the territory to sign up as infantrymen in the military. It was a position that in recent years was only open to men. These two women are now ready to take on basic training in a few months, as they prepare themselves for what's known to be one of the most physically toughest jobs in the armed forces.

Gearing up to be the first line of defense, as what they say is appropriately, "Infantrywomen", 22 year old Atta Suzuki and 24 year old Remedios Madrio have been sworn-in, both officially taking on their career in the Guam National Guard.

 

"More power to us. More power to us," they said proudly. The pair now becoming a major part of the island's history. "These are the first two recruited fresh of the street into the Guard and into this military occupational specialty," explained Major Josephine Blas with the Guam Guard.

In 2015, the secretary of defense lifted the job restriction allowing women to enlist for these specific positions. Atta says her interest in serving her country and island started when she was in JROTC in high school.

"I graduated from high school I still wanted it, graduated from college I still wanted it," she stated. Her motivation to enlist only growing, and there was no questioning Remedios and her wanted to be infantrymen. "Don't you want to challenge yourself?" she encouraged. "That's what I want to do. I like the physical part of things so infantry is the way to go for me."

Both were joined during the ceremony by family and fellow Guard members. And leaving these words to encourage other women out there, they said, "Everybody has a fear but I think we should work on conquering them…you can do this. We could, and you can.

"You just have to have a strong mentality and that's what I am aiming for. We know they are going to go out and make Guam proud."

The first woman in the Guam Guard to become an infantry officer led the oath. The two will head off to basic training in February 2019.

We also want to congratulate Steven Joseph Borja Cruz, who enlisted as a combat medic on this historic day for the Guam Guard.

He too was joined by his family including his father, GPD chief of police JI Cruz.

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