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Former head of Guam Guard fires back after being replaced

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The former adjutant general for the Guam National Guard is fed up. He's speaking out after days of media coverage about low morale and reports of sexual harassment at the Guam Guard was apparently mentioned in a transition report from the new administration.

The details of the report, the governor said, came from guard members her transition team interviewed. The governor today said the former TAG's departure was well received.

"I want to thank Gen. Roderick Leon Guerrero for his contributions to the Guard and he was very respectful to the decision I made and we left the meeting very amicable," the former governor said.

But, that was not the case.

The former adjutant general sent out a four-page letter today speaking against the issues reported from the guard's transition report.

 "To the Governor, I know I did not meet your expectations of a political
appointee, it’s because my duties and responsibilities as a military leader are
of greater weight," Roderick Leon Guerrero wrote. "The media focusing on inaccurate information provided by a potentially flawed transition report criticizes not only me, the report criticizes every leader at all levels in the Guam Guard. The collateral damage or the
second and third order of effect of this may impact the morale and performance of our Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and their families. I sincerely wish you all the best as our Governor and success in your vision to make our island of Guam a better place to live."

The former TAG spoke to KUAM on the letter. 

"The transition report how it was developed needs to be scrutinized," he said. "In the letter - there is inaccuracies in what I know and the generalization of the transition report states. They talk about low morale and sexual assault and I don't see that. So to say there is sexual harassment and leave it at that is irresponsible. There is 1,500 soldiers and airmen in the National Guard and no one is saying anything and I am disappointed when Guam National Guard was given opportunity to provide a response and it was really poor."

The current TAG appointee Lt. Col. Esther Aguigui told KUAM this week morale at the Guard is good.

Roderick Leon Guerrero gave his input.

"It takes a while to build morale it doesn't happen overnight and if Lt. Col Aguigui thinks just cause she took over as TAG that morale is great then she is fooling herself," he said. "She's surrounding herself with people that help create that inaccurate transition report."

The administration continues to stand firm on its decision with its Guard appointee.

 

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