Puerto Rico Wing Annual Conference took place at Fort Buchanan this weekend
Saturday, December 8, 2018

By 1st Lt Elias Roman, Puerto Rico Wing

Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico -

During the last weekend, Puerto Rico Wing celebrated its Annual Conference, 1st PRWG Science Fair, Award Banquet and Change of Command at Fort Buchanan, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

With an attendance of 200 members, friends and families, the event became a highlight for the wing’s history. At the General Assembly, more than 50 members from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were recognized.

At the PRWG Science Fair, C/SMSgt Valeria Pacheco-Lugo, SER-PR-161, obtained 1st place with her Biology project.

The wing offered a variety of seminars such as Resiliency after a major Hurricane & EcoExploratorio orientation (Aerospace Education) presented by internationally recognized meteorologist Mrs. Ada Monzon.

Other seminars were Introduction to Cadet Competition (Cadet Programs); CAP Units Mini Site (Information Technology); How to use and read the CAP Specialty Tracks and Best Practices (Professional Development); Time Management: Tool for Success (Drug Demand Reduction); How to properly use the Social Media to promote your units (Public Affairs); The role and management of radio communications before, during and after a major disaster (Communications); and Meet and Greet PRWG Spaatzens (Cadet Programs); Risk Management Best Practices (Safety); and AE Hands-On Activities (outside STEM).

Brigadier General Dustin A. Schultz, United States Army Reserve dedicated her message to the value, honor and distinguished military tradition of service that Puerto Rican soldiers have as a legacy reflecting this year topic: Honoring the past, Treasuring the present and Shaping the future.

The Guest Speaker of the night, Maj Gen Mark Smith, CAP National Commander/CEO, recognized the significance of each member for the organization and the resilience of Puerto Rico Wing as it overcome the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

After an emotive speech, Col Carlos Fernandez transferred the authority and responsibility of Puerto Rico Wing to Col Edgardo Torres during the Change of Command ceremony.

 

The following awards were presented during the conference:

National Commander’s Citation Award

Puerto Rico Wing, SER-PR-001

 

Quality Cadet Unit Award (QCUA)

Arecibo Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-034

Aguadilla Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-035

Moca High School Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-079

Lt Col Elsa M Soto-Torres Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-094

Col Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-122

Dr. Cesareo Rosa Nieves Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-123

Muniz ANG Base Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-126

St. Thomas Composite Squadron, SER-PR-903

 

Unit Citation Award

Dr. Cesareo Rosa Nieves Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-123

Muniz ANG Base Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-126

 

Distinguished Service Medal

Col Carlos Fernandez, SER-PR-001

 

Exceptional Service Award (National)

Capt Luis Herrera, SER-PR-001

1st Lt Marcos Lopez, SER-PR-126

 

Exceptional Service Award (Wing)

Col Milton Tomassini

Lt Col Fred Badillo

Lt Col Derik Molinary

Lt Col Juan Pimentel

Lt Col Rubén Hernández

Lt Col Edgardo Torres

Lt Col Ensor López

Lt Col Aitmalys Perez

Lt Col Wigberto Del Valle

Lt Col Elsa Soto

Lt Col Reynaldo Negrón

Lt Col Doris Ortiz

Lt Col Elba Cana

Lt Col Marie A. Rivera

Capt Luis Herrera

 

Meritorious Service Award (National)

Lt Col Juan Rodríguez, (Spaatz Recipient) SER-PR-123

Lt Col Raúl Jimenez, SER-PR-008

Capt Gabriel Sierra, SER-PR-161

1st Lt Luis Sierra, SER-PR-161

C/CMSgt Daniel Sierra, SER-PR-161

C/SSgt Héctor I. Rodríguez, SER-PR-161

 

Meritorious Service Award (Wing)

Lt Col Ivelisse Peña, SER-PR-126

Lt Col Ismael J. Rodriguez, (Spaatz Recipient) SER-PR-126

Lt Col Carlos Arroyo, SER-PR- 602

Lt Col Raúl Jimenez, SER-PR-008

Maj Pablo Jimenez, SER-PR-122

Maj Miguel Vazquez, SER-PR-008

Maj Renan Dieppa, SER-PR-008

Capt Luis A. Lebrón, SER-PR-126

Capt Jose Perez, SER-PR-008

1st Lt Alberto Torres, SER-PR-008

1st Lt José Freytes, SER-PR- 008

 

Commander’s Commendation Award (National)

Lt Col Hector Alicea, SER-PR-008

Lt Col Marie A. Rivera, SER-PR- 001

Capt Nelly Perez, (Spaatz Recipient) SER-PR-034

Capt Joel Browne Connors, SER-PR-903

Capt Jose Perez, SER-PR-008

1st Lt Ibzan Gonzalez, SER-PR-035

 

Commander’s Commendation Award (Wing)

Maj Akeem O. Inniss, SER-PR-081

Capt Luis A. Lebrón, SER-PR-126

Capt Joel Browne Connors, SER-PR-903

1st Lt Marcos Lopez, SER-PR-126

1st Lt Sandra L. Goodwin, SER-PR-081

C/Lt Col Jennifer Torres, SER-PR-035

C/Lt Col Ian Gonzalez, SER-PR-035

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving

Maj Pablo Jimenez, SER-PR-122

 

CAP Years of Service

Lt Col Carlos Muñoz, SER-PR-059 (50 Years)

Lt Col Doris Ortiz, SER-PR-059 (40 Years)

Lt Col Juan Toro, SER-PR-059 (40 Years)

Lt Col Anibal Cruz, SER-PR-138 (40 Years)

Lt Col Edgardo Torres, SER-PR-001 (30 Years)

Capt Pablo Velez, SER-PR-034 (30 Years)

Lt Col Elsa Soto, SER-PR-001 (20 Years)

Lt Col Diego Irizarry, SER-PR-602 (20 Years)

Maj Eduardo Rodriguez, SER-PR-013 (20 Years)

Maj George Santiago, SER-PR-110 (20 Years)

 

Paul E. Garber Award

Lt Col Diego Irizarry, SER-PR-602

Lt Col Manuel Zavala, SER-PR-123

Lt Col Ernesto Arroyo, SER-PR-179

 

Grover C. Loening Award

Maj Eduardo Rodriguez, SER-PR-013

Maj Candido Fariña, SER-PR-126

 

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award

1st Lt Marcos Lopez, SER-PR-126

1st Lt Chrysanthi Rodriguez, SER-PR-035

1st Lt José M. Ramos, SER-PR-002

1st Lt Samuel Mercado, SER-PR-079

2d Lt Rolando Adorno, SER-PR-094

TSgt Roberto Martinez, SER-PR-094

 

PRWG Staff Member of the Year

Lt Col Wigberto Del Valle, SER-PR001

 

Col Robert (Bud) V. Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year

1st Lt Elias Roman, SER-PR-094

 

Col DeCamp Ground Team of the Year

St. Thomas Composite Squadron, SER-PR-903

 

Communicator of the year

Lt Col Eric E. Perez, SER-PR-079

 

Jack V. Sorenson Cadet Program Officer of the Year

1st Lt Ibzan Gonzalez, SER-PR-035

 

Professional Development Officer of the Year

Lt Col Aitmalys Perez, SER-PR-001

 

Property Management Officer of the Year

Capt Luis A. Lebron, SER-PR-126

 

Col Lester E. Hopper Historian of the Year

1st Lt Elias Roman, SER-PR-094

 

DDR Member of the Year

Lt Col Ismael J. Rodriguez, (Spaatz Recipient) SER-PR-126

 

Maj Gen Jeanne M. Holms AE Officer of the Year

Lt Col Ismael J. Rodriguez, (Spaatz Recipient) SER-PR-126

 

Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award-Cadet

C/Lt Col Angelymar Sanchez, SER-PR-126

 

Finance Officer of the Year (National)

Lt Col Elsa Soto, SER-PR-001

 

Cadet Phase II of the Year

C/CMSgt Pedro Gomez, SER-PR-161

 

Cadet Phase III of the Year

C/Capt Wilbert F. Santos, SER-PR-068

 

Cadet Phase IV of the Year

C/Lt Col Jose F. Acevedo, SER-PR-079

 

AFSA Cadet NCO of the Year

C/SMSgt Jadelys Toro, SER-PR-013

 

PRWG Cadet NCO Female of the Year

C/SSgt Alondra Sanchez, SER-PR-126

 

PRWG Cadet NCO Male of the Year

C/TSgt Luiz Torres, SER-PR-126

 

PRWG Cadet of the Year

C/Col Carliana I. Cochran, (Spaatz Recipient) SER-PR-068

 

PRWG Senior Member of the Year

Lt Col Ivelisse Peña, SER-PR-126

 

PRWG Squadron of the Year

Muniz ANG Base Cadet Squadron, SER-PR-126

 

Gen Carl A. Spaatz Award

C/Col Abimael Acosta, SER-PR-123

C/Col Carliana I. Cochran, SER-PR-068

Colonel insignia presented for the promotion of Col Edgardo Torres.
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Photo Caption:  Colonel insignia presented for the promotion of Col Edgardo Torres.
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Reviewed by: Capt Elias Roman-Rivera
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Puerto Rico Wing, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
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