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Capt. Javier M. Figueroa II (USAF)
Editor of Today's Puerto Rican Soldier
America will remain the home of the free
as long as it remains the home of the brave.

 
SALUDOS Y MUY BUENOS DIAS AHY ENVIO LA SIGUIENTE FOTO.

DE IZQUIERDA A DERECHA: SFC VALLE, LUIS - ESTUBE DOS VECES DEPLOYED EN IRAK, MOVILIZED AL PENTAGONO DURANTE 911 Y ME ENCUENTRO MOVILIZED NUEVAMENTE EN DOVER.

SFC ACEVEDO, FREDDY - ESTUBE DEPLOYED DURING DESERT SHIELD/STORM / MOVILIZADO DURING 911 EN EL PENTAGONO Y NUEVAMENTE MOVILIZED EN ABERDEN.

MSG SANTIAGO, JOSE - ESTUBE DEPLOYED DURING DESERT SHIELD/STORM / MOVILIZADO DURING 911 AT THE PENTAGON Y NUEVAMENTE MOVILIZED EL ALEXANDRIA.

TODOS SOMOS MORTUARY AFFAIRS NCOS. GRACIAS POR CREAR ESTA PAGINA, OUTSTANDING, EXELLENT.




Un saludo muy especial a todos los Boricuas que se encuentran fuera de Nuestra Isla del Encanto PUERTO RICO. Mi nombre es Jorge L. Mangual Concepción llevo 13 años de servicio en la Guardia Nacional de P.R. y actualmente en Bagdad Irak, A Co. 130 EN BN, COMBAT ENG. Soy natural de Aguadilla donde vivo con mi preciosa esposa Virgina Beniquez Feliciano y en camino mi primera hija Ninoshka Marie Mangual Feliciano. Tremenda idea al crear esta pagina, ya que de esta manera nos seguimos dando a conocer a nivel mundial. Aunque creo que ya quedan pocos lugares en el mundo donde no sepan lo que es un “BORICUA DE PURA CEPA”


CUIDENSE TODOS, QUE DE LOS BUENOS QUEDAMOS POCOS.

THIS IS SSG MIGUEL OJEDA MENDEZ HE IS DAWN RANGE WITH HIS UNIT, A COMBAT ENGINERE BN FROM THE PRNG, FROM MOCA PR, PROUD TO SERVE.



Mi nombre es SSG/E6 Edwin Ramos y deseo darle un saludo a todos los miembros de las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unidos que son de desendencia de Puerto Rico. En mis 14 años en el Ejercito yo participle en muchas operaciones y fui “Deploy” 8 veses y no me arrepiento ya que estube en la compania de heroes .La mayoria de los cuales son de mi tierra.

Edwin Ramos

SSG,USA

Hello my name is Aixa Owens (Alvarado) from Comerio, Puerto Rico. I was in the navy as an AO3 Aviation Ordnancemen. I proudly served my country and it was there were I met my husband Andrew Owens also an AO3. I was stationed in Rooselt Roads Puerto Rico in VC-8 and later went to Whidbey Island Washington State to VP-1 P-3 squadron just to find out I was a month pregnant. I could't deploy to Misawa, Japan so I was transferred to the Whidbey Island Chapel were I finished my enlistment. I only served for four years but let me tell you, they were the best years of my life. I am now a disabled veteran and I stay home with my son and go to college. I am a Puerto Rican from the heart and everyone in my squadron knew that. Le envio saludos a mi Mama, hermana y tias en Comerio y a mi Hermana Sgt Alvarado from the Ft. Benning Medic unit. I love you guys and miss you so much. Me siento como un coqui fuera de la islita, mi borinquen querido.

Sincerely,

AO3 Aixa Owens




Soy Luis Raul Rivera de Fajardo entre al Army el 26 Junio 1978 me retire en Enero del 2002, Fui Drill Sgt en Ft. Sill, OK dos veces, que suelte la mia! Fui Acting BN CSM en 448th Engineers en Ft. Buchanan.



JUAN RODRIGUEZ, FROM LONG BRANCH, NJ. , NOW OVERSEAS IN AFGHANISTAN.

HIS LEFT JAN.2006 FOR 18 MONTH. LOVE BY LOTS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

SENT IN BY HIS SISTER
NELLIE AMBERT


Un saludo muy caluroso a toda mi gente Boricua en todas partes del mundo. Mi nombre es Guillermo Quiles Lasanta y estoy sirviendo actualmente en Baghdad, Iraq donde ejerzo como el Pharmacy Consultant
del Multi-National Corps-Iraq. Creci en Country Club, Carolina y me gradue de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (Gallito de la UPI). Llevo 23 yrs en el ejercito, poniendo el nombre de Puerto Rico muy alto. Orgulloso de mi trabajo y esperando poder ayudar a las tropas por medio del campo de farmacia. Gracias por crear la pagina donde podemos compartir con otros compatriotas Boricuas...como yo.

Guillermo Quiles, Jr.
LTC, MS

Hola mi gente y saludos !

My name is Victor M. Roman. I grew up in Bda. Amelia, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. I graduated from the Rosalina C. Martinez H.S. (Class of  '78).  I attended Eisenhower College (upstate New York) and joined the U.S. Army immediately afterwards. I retired in 2002 after 22 years of service and I am now a U.S. Army civilian (still serving). I am a Force Protection /Antiterrorism Specialist working in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

May God continue to bless "nuestra isla bonita".....

QUE VIVA PUERTO RICO !!!


Mi nombre es Gunnery Sergeant Jose L. Valentin Santana. Soy de Juana Diaz y estoy estacionado en San Diego, California. Llevo 14 anos en el servicio military protegiendo nuestra libertad. Recientemente estoy en Baghdad, Iraq. Tengo tres hijas que viven en Virginia y mi preciosa companera Jessica Nelson que tambien esta en los Marines y vive en San Diego, California.

SEMPER FI!!

GySgt Jose L. Valentin
United States Marine Corps

Jose N. Rodriguez-Ocasio
CPT, MI

I was born in San German P.R. I graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in 1999 with a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems and also commissioned as Infantry Officer in January, 2000.

My previous assignments include Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion S4 (Logistic officer), 2nd Battalion, 6th infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 1st AD, Germany; Assistant S2, 2nd BCT, 1st AD; Battalion S2 (Intelligence officer), 40th Engineer Battalion (M), 2nd BCT, 1st AD and G2 Targeting Officer, 101st Airborne Division. Currently, I’m commander of the MI Detachment, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), FT Campbell, KY.

My military education include: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leaders Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Military Intelligence Officer Tactician Course, Military Intelligence Captains Carrier Course, Signal Intelligence/ Electronic Warfare Officer Course, Joint Intelligence Targeting Course, Collection Manager Course, High Value Individuals Targeting Course.

Previous Awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (3 OLC), and Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne and Air Assault Badges

I’m married to Dannette Vazquez-Roman and we have two kids; Gabriel J. and Sebastian J.

Boricua y de Pura Sepa!!!!

My husband is Jose A. Vargas....He is originally from Mayaguez, PR....Has been in the military for six years...A great father, thoughful son and wonderful husband...We are currently living in Germany....We wanted to let him and all other members of the Armed Forces know that what they sacrifice for us is never forgotten....We love you and are proud of you....The wifey: Naomi......

Soy CW2 (Ret) Edwin Rodríguez Pazo. Serví en el ejército de los Estados Unidos del 1982 hasta el 2002. Durante ese tiempo estuve en Granada, Honduras, Panama, y el Mediano Oriente. Nací en Fort Ord, CA, por que mí papá, PSG (Ret) Pedro Antonio Rodríguez Morales, sirvió en el ejercito también. Cuando mí papá fue licenciado por heridas recibidas en Vietnam vivimos en Ponce por varios años y después nos mudamos para Peñuelas. Ahora vivo en Greenwood, MO y continúo mi servicio con el gobierno federal. Gracias a todos ustedes que siguen sirviendo y a todos los que han servido.

Mi papá es PSG (Ret) Pedro Antonio Rodríguez Morales. Sirvio en el ejército de los Estados Unidos por veintitrés años. Estuvo en la guerra en Korea y en Vietnam. Durante suservicio en Vietnam estuvo en la base de fuego indirecto Mahone en Pleiku. Por suservicio en esa base durante un ataque del enemigo le honoraron con la Estrella de Plata. Es natural de Peñuelas, PR y, como ven, continúa disfrutando su vida en el la finca donde nacio.


2006 Christmas Article dedicated to Puerto Rican Soldiers, by Luis Claudio -
 

We are Albert Massol (left side) and Andres Massol (right side) born and raised in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico (the sons of Fincho and Milo). Combined we have a total of 48 years of continuous active duty service in the U.S. Navy. Currently, we're stationed out of Naval Station San Diego, California at the Training Support Center and Afloat Training Group Pacific respectively.

We never forget our heritage or culture and we are proud to say SOMOS BORICUAS everywhere we go. We have been inspired by the fighting spirit of those who have gone before us. From the Gulf War to the War on Terrorism we have been deployed in support of combat operations defending freedom....serving with Honor, Courage and Commitment.

Albert will be deploying to Irak early next year as a Platoon Leader in support of the War on Terrorism and I'm looking forward to retiring next fall. Our thoughts and prayers are for those currently in service overseas in harms way. Stay safe and God Bless!!


Mi nombre es Miguel A. Acevedo. Estoy en Vilseck Alemania estacionado. En enero cumplo mis 12 en el Army. Orgulloso de representar a mi Isla en dondequiera que vaya con Cristo por delante ya saben!!! Arranco la semana que viene "pa' la arena". Pero yo, Tranquilo por que Jehova esta conmigo, AMEN. Cuidense y Que Dios los Bendiga!!!


MIGUEL A. ACEVEDO

 

Mi Nombre es José A. Rodriguez-Rodriguez (Pochy) soy natural del Poblado Rosario, Mayagüez. Me Gradué en el 1987 de La Universidad Católica De Puerto Rico e ingrese al ejercito el 21 de Junio 1987. Actualmente estoy sirviendo en “U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School” en Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas 78234. Quiero a través de este darle un saludo a mis compueblanos y familia decirles que estoy bien por acá. También quiero decirles a los futuros Soldados en la Bella isla del encanto que no tengan miedo y que echen “pa’lante” les doy la bienvenida a nuestro ejercito el cual se que lo van a disfrutar muchísimo “Sin Miedo Boricua”. Oye un Saludo muy especial a Dade Minguela en el Poblado Rosario y a Rene Martínez en Mayagüez. También a mis Hermanos, Javier Bernandini y Ramón (chino) Castillo a mis hermanas Jeannette Vega y Luz Esther Castillo, los quiero machísimo. Pero Un besote grande a mí querida Abuela Marcelina Sánchez en el Poblado Rosario. Gracias Boricua - “keep up the great work”

Jose A. Rodriguez-Rodriguez
SFC, USA
NCOIC, CSBPO(Corps Specific Branch Proponent Offices)


Mi nombre es SN/E-3 Kevin J Martinez estoy comenzando mi carrera, en U.S. Coast Guard. Soy the Camuy, P.R estacionado en Long Island. Para mandarle un saludo y muchas felicidades a my familia que los amo y a la familia de mi esposa que tambien me hacen falta y a todos mis amigos en Camuy que pasen una feliz navidad y los veo pronto que Dios los bendiga.

 



 
My name is Edgard G. Colón
I'm original from Cupey Alto Puerto Rico

I'm a US Marine Cpl (e4) I just get EAS from active duty and I'm serving my inactive reserved in Tampa FL. My last duty station was on MCAS Cherry Point NC. I served in Kuwait and Iraq during 2004-2005 as an MP in the provisional security battalion 2nd Marine Air Wing, MWSG-27 in Al-Asad Airbase on the Al-Anbar province, Al-Qaim, Hit, Ramadi, Fallujah and Karbala. In addition to the middle east during 2002-2003, I served on Operation Enduring Freedom on the south-east asia.

Thanks for what you doing here,this is very good stuff.It need to advertise more. I'm proud to be a puertorican marine!

Merry Christmas!

Semper Fi!

Cpl. Edgard Colón & Fam.

 
ASCM(AW/SW) Zenaida Colón

My name is Zenaida Colón a native of Barranquitas and lived and joined the US Navy in Bayamon. I'm a Master Chief Petty Officer station in
Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) NAS Oceana. My previous duty assignments include: Reconnaissance Squadron Four in Patuxent River, MD; AIMD NAS Pensacola, FL; AIMD Naval Station Roosevelt Road, PR; Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Detachment 3033 in San Diego, CA. US Customs Service in Chicago, IL; USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74); AIMD Norfolk, VA; USS WASP (LHD-1) and SPAWARSYSCEN Norfolk, VA. I am married to Carl Alexander White from Atlanta, GA, who has supported my career for over 21 years. Thank you for honoring and recognizing 'Boricuas' in the Armed Forces. Congratulations you have a great website.


Capt Ismael "Tito" Del Valle, Nacido en Santurce y crecido entre Carolina, Canovanas y Cayey. Actuelmente soy piloto de AWACS en Oklahoma. Enlistado como missile maintenance, comisionado por OTS y graduado de piloto en Columbus, MS. Donde tuve la oportunidad y privilegio de conocer a Many Gomez. Muy orgulloso de mi isla y de mi gente.





Mi nombre es Jose J. Valderrama, soy del pueblo de Ciales, Puerto Rico y estoy estacionado en Alemania, 1/7 HHB artillery. Con mucho orgullo representando a mi tierra Puerto Rico. saludos a todos esos boricuas soldados que dia a dia dan su trabajo y esfuerzo para este pais, que Dios los bendiga a todos y a sus familias. desde Alemania.




Hola el nombre es SGT ALVAREZ, JASON estacionado en Alemania
Hola compañeros, mi nombre es Benjamín Rodríguez. Llevo 26 años en la Guardia Nacional Aérea. Empecé mi carrera en el 1980 como “Security Police” en 140th ACW en Punta Salinas. Luego en 1988 me cambie al 156th de la base Muñiz, para ser un miembro de famosa clínica. En esta comencé mi carrera como “Medical Technician”. En el 1995 crucé el charco y me uní al 171st en el estado de Pennsylvania. Aquí también me uní al cuerpo medico. Desde 1996 hasta el presente he sido miembro del 107th en el estado New York, donde también soy parte del cuerpo medico. Actualmente soy el “Superintendent of Nursing Services”. TOURS “OPERATION NOVEL EAGLE”, New York en 9-11 y “OPERATION IRAQUI FREEDOM”, Balad AB. Y voy a seguir hasta que Dios diga.

Saludos a mi gente. My nombre es SFC Gerardo Ortiz. Naci en Aguas Buenas y tengo familia en muchas partes de la Isla especialmente en Caguas , Bayamon , Cidra, Ponce , y Aibonito. En el presente me encentro en Iraq sirviendo con mucho orgullo para proteger a mi gente del los terroristas. Mantengan a los soldados en sus oraciones.

SFC Gerry Ortiz


My name is Jose M. Hernandez Sanchez and I was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Grew up in Jardines de Caparra, Bayamon and graduated at Pedro P. Casablanca High School in 1989. After 3 years of college, I joined the
US Army in Dec 1992 and have being in the service for almost 14 years. My MOS is 25V which is a combat photographer. I'm currently station at Ft. Campbell, KY with the 5th Special Forces Group. I hope to continue to
serve the US Armed Forces, unless I get blown up one of these days. I had a couple of close calls troughtout the 4 times I being in Iraq.

SGT (P) Hernandez

 


My son Fernando L. Carrasquillo in Iraq. He lives in Germany with his wife and his two children. Today he is in Iraq serving his Country. I'm very proud of my son.
Maria Del Rio. Gracias por su pagina y por darle honor a quien se merece.

 

Un saludo carinoso a todos los Boricuas que se encuentran fajandose "downrange". Cuando se tomo esta foto me encontraba en los predios de el estadio Olimpico en Kabul, Afganistan. Sobre la barba y vestimenta...pues eso es otra historia...

Besos y abrazos a la familia Flores, orgullosos decendientes de aquellos que nacieron en COAMO ARRIBA y BARRANQUITAS (ustedes saben quienes son!)

Siempre hacia adelante-

Fernando
San Antonio, TX

20 September 2006: My name is Frankie Alvarez. I’m a Nuyorican and proud of it. I was born in the Bronx in 1962. My mother, Nerida (the most incredible women on Earth), was born in Santurce and my father, Jose, God rest his soul, was born in Manati. Today, thanks to my parents, I’m a Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy and have served for 24 years and counting. I work in the Intelligence Community and am currently stationed in San Antonio , Texa . First and foremost, my wife, Emelda, my daughter Melodie, and I send our prayers to all Sailors, Soldiers, Airman, Marines, Coast Guard and civilians currently in harms way fighting on land, in the air and on the high seas for one purpose only, to keep free nations just that, “FREE!” They’re standing the watch RIGHT NOW and making a difference. Over the last 24 years, I’ve met hundreds of Puerto Ricans serving in the Armed Forces and they’re as proud of serving as I am. They represent the absolute best of our Puerto Rican culture and I’m proud to call them my brothers and sisters. God bless you all.

 

Hola mi gente, mi nombre es SSG Nelson Acevedo Soto nacido y criado en Hormigueros. Mi trabajo es 92F Petroleum supply specialist. LLevo en el Army 16 años y medio; me encuentro en Bagram Afghanistan por 6 meses con 3rd Special Forces group con Support BN. Estoy estacionado en Dexheim, Alemania y mi unidad es 123rd Main Support Battalion. Les envio un saludo bien grande a todos, suerte y salud.

 

My name is Manuel Gomez. I'm a Captain in the USAF. I was born in Carolina, PR and spent my childhood there until 1991. In 1995, I enlisted as a jet engine mechanic. I commissioned thru OTS in 2000 and graduated pilot training in 2001. I was an instructor pilot at Columbus AFB until 2005. Today I fly F-16s with the 93rd Fighter Squadron in Homestead ARB, FL.

09/01/2006 - HOLA MI NOMBRE ES SGT LUIS OMAR RODRIGUEZ, SOY MIEMBRO DE LA UNIDAD 432ND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, DEL 65TH RRC, LA CUAL ESTA UBICADA EN LA ANTIGUA BASE NAVAL EN CEIBA, SOY RESERVISTA EN ESTA UNIDAD. ACTUALMENTE ESTOY MOBILIZADO CON LA MISMA, POR 2DA VEZ, ESTUVE UN CAMP BORINQUEN (MEJOR CONOCIDO COMO CAMP CEDAR 2) EN EL 2003-2004, REALIZANDO MISIONES POR TODO IRAQ Y AHORA 2006-2007, EN CAMP COOKE, TAJI, IRAQ, EN "SUPPORT" DE LA OPERACION LIBERACION IRAQI (OIF), ESTA VEZ VINE VOLUNTARIAMENTE, PARA SERVIR JUNTO A LOS Q ESTUVIMOS YA AQUI EN EL 2003 Y APOYAR A LOS NUEVOS INTEGRANTES DE LA UNIDAD.

ESTA UNIDAD ES CONOCIDA COMO "TARTAROS", DE LA CUAL TENEMOS UNA PAGINA EN LA INTERNET: www.boricuas432nd.com EN LA CUAL PODRAN VER INFORMACION SOBRE LA UNIDAD Y QUE ES LO QUE HACEMOS Y MUCHOS EXTRAS.

QUISIERA DARLE LAS GRACIAS Y SALUDOS A LOS REALIZADORES DE ESTA PAGINA Y RECUERDEN QUE LOS BORICUAS ESTAMOS HASTA EN LA LUNA.

SGT LUIS OMAR RODRIGUEZ
432ND TRANS. CO.

 
09/01/2006- I am Major Jose V. Varela. First and foremost I wish to congratulate you for having such an awesome website, dedicated tour boricua men and women in uniform. It’s was nice to see some familiar faces, such as the guys from the 156th Aerial Port Flight and Chief Petty Officer Patrice Perez, who is a good friend of mine whom I have not had a chance to talk to in a while.

I am originally from Corozal, Puerto Rico and began my military career in 1990 in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard at Muñíz ANGB and got my commission through the AFROTC program at the Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Currently I am an E-3 AWACS Instructor Navigator with the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.

Un saludo y un abrazo muy cordial a todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas en el servicio. Mucha suerte.



09/01/2006- Mi nombre es SSG Carlos L. Santos. Naci y me crie en la Perla del Sur PONCE. Soy orgulloso de ser boricua, pero mas orgulloso de ser de Ponce. Estoy en el Army hace 11 anos y ha sido lo mejor que me ha pasado. En estos momentos estoy de Recruiter en Lake Worth, Florida. Es un trabajo dificil pero la satisfaccion de brindarle los beneficios del Army a muchos jovenes makes everything woth it. Quiero saludar a todos los boricuas aca y en la isla. Pa' lante mi gente.

09/01/2006 - Hola mi gente solo queria dejarle saber que los Boricuas van hasta
por debajo del agua.Mi nombre es Javier A. Torres Santiago nacido en
Ponce y criado en Cabo Rojo.Actualmente estoy estacionado en un
submarino nuclear USS Maryland SSBN 738 B con puerto en Naval
Submarine Base Kings Bay,Ga.Orgulloso de ser Boricua!!!.Saludos a mi
familia en Jayuya,Ponce,Peñuelas y Cabo Rojo.Los quiero mucho y los
extraño.Javi



PFC.Ramon L Colon Jr.

US. Army ahora se encuentra prestando servicio en Kuwait.

Ramon's information was sent in by his proud father, (US.Navy retired).



 

Les envio un cordial saludo desde Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Mi nombre es Wilfredo Ramirez oriundo de Mayaguez y llevo 22 años en la Fuerza Aerea y aunque me retiro ya pronto, siempre recordare mi carrera militar con gran orgullo. A todos los que estan empezando en lo militar, siempre recuerden que estan representando a la sangre boricua.

Siempre pa’lante, pa’tra ni pa coger impulso…

Que viva PR


Hola! Soy el Major Dennis Montero oriundo de Villa Del Carmen en Ponce, PR (Ponce es Ponce y lo demas es parking, jaja). Forme parte del Air Defense Platoon en la HHC 92SIB, PRNG, del 1987 al 1993; estoy sumamente orgulloso de haber pertenecido a ese elite platoon como enlistado y NCO. Servi en Korea (PLT LDR 1-506th IN Camp Greaves, Korea) , Ft. Jackson, Ft. Lee, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Bragg (Commander, HHC 530th S & S Battalion), Ft. Stewart (3ID Rear DTO, Commander HHC 3220th GSU and BN S3). Me encuentro en estos momentos en Camp Arifjan, Kuwait como S3 Training del Area Support Group. Soy reservista, y en la vida civil soy official de US Customs en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami, FL.

Soldados boricuas, tenemos una mission en la cual no vamos a fallar de ninguna manera y es poner el nombre de nuestra isla en alto a traves de nuestro servicio ejemplar en las Fuerzas Armadas. WE WILL NOT FAIL, WE WILL NOT SETTLE FOR LESS, WE WILL SUCCEED.

Godspeed!! Gracias por este website y que Dios me los cuide a todos

 



Joel Jimenez - (Jurando con la mano alzada)

VALLA MI GENTE!!!! MI NOMBRE ES JIMENEZ JOELDIMAR, SOY DE AGUADILLA CIUDAD DE LOS TIBURONES Y DE DONDE LAS PIEDRAS CANTAN!!!! , LLEVO ESTACIONADO EN ALEMANIA POR UN PERIODO DE SEIS AñOS, ESTUVE EN BAUMHOLDER,GERMANY CON C BTRY 1-94 FA MLRS, CON QUIENES FUI PARA IRAQ EN MARZO 20 DEL 2003 POR UN PERIODO DE 15 MECES DEPLOYMENT, EN ESTOS MOMENTOS ESTOY ESTACIONADO EN KAISERSLAUTERN,GERMANY CON LA 66 TRANS COMPANY, QUIENES SE VAN PARA IRAQ EN AGOSTO DE ESTE AñO,

RECUERDEN, BORICUA DE CORA!!!!! Y A REPRESENTAR DONDE QUIERA QUE ESTEMOS, PA LANTE TO EL TIEMPO QUE PA TRAS NO HAI NA !!!!!!!


We are Charlie Company 1st BN 295th IN. We are station in Iraq since May 2005 to the present time.
Saludos a todos en la Isla Del Encanto. Photo sent by Lopez-Molina Jose CPT

 

 

Johnnathan Flores, with his father Jorge Flores, during a short trip to the island from Iraq for his wedding. Johnnathan is an Apache helicopter mechanic and will be stationed in Germany.

Hola!!! Soy Ruby de Ponce, PR. Apenas comienzo mi carrera en el Air Force. Estoy estacionada en Davis-Monthan AFB en Tucson, AZ. Ha sido una bendición maravillosa formar parte de las Fuerzas Armadas, siento una satisfacción inmensa al saber que hacemos la diferencia, que hacemos lo correcto.

Mi trabajo es Services: nos dedicamos a darle support a los soldados proveyendoles alimentos, facilidades para Physical Training y las comodidades del Lodging. Entre muchas, muchas cosas que ofrecemos, la mejor es servir a nuestra nación y defender los nuestros.

Actualmente trabajo en Food Service, y siempre le doy el toquecito boricua a las comidas... ;) Llevo un año y cinco meses en el ejercito, y aunque mi futuro en la milicia es incierto por una obstruccion pulmonar que desarrolle, el hecho de saber que soy militar me llena de orgullo, y eso es algo que se ha escrito en las memorias del libro de mi vida.

Saludos a todos mis hermanos boricuas y que el Dios Todopoderoso, nos cuide, nos guarde y nos de la sabiduria para actuar en el momento difícil. Que Dios nos bendiga siempre, y que su Santo Espiritu nos acompañe en todo momento.

A1C Ruby E. Rivera-Reyes
Food Service Journeyman
Davis-Monthan AFB
Tucson, AZ
My name is TSGT. Jorge Brewer. I was born in Mayaguez and raised in Rio Grande. I served in the US Army for 6 yrs. as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Abn. Div., and now I serve in the Air Force Reserve as a Boom Operator in a KC-135 Tanker. I currently live in North Carolina where I am a State Trooper… the only Boricua State Trooper. I have been in the Air Force Reserve for 7 years and have been a Trooper for 11 years, where I serve as the Liaison for Hispanic Affairs. I was deployed during Iraqi Freedom and flew missions over the “AOR”. Now I currently fly mission in support of Noble Eagle in a monthly basis, just waiting for the next deployment.

SABOR’ para todos los Boricuas!!! Y acuérdense; no importa en que esquina del mundo estemos, llevamos “La Mancha e’ Plátano” para siempre.
Trp. Jorge E. Brewer
Liaison for Hispanic Affairs
N.C. State Highway Patrol

Mi name is SFC Edgar Fuentes, borne in Brooklyn New York raised in Arecibo Puerto Rico. I have been in the Army for 17 years, station in Germany (Hanau), Korea (CP Stanley), New York (FT Hamilton), and Texas (Ft Hood). I’m currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the second time. Right now I’m the Operation Noncommissioned Officer for an Artillery Battalion. I want to tell my fellow Boricuas that we have to represent while in the Armed Forces, giving a good example for others to follow. We have a lot of great Puertoricans in the Army, some of them that have gave it all for this country. One of them is SFC Jose Rivera from Bayamon PR, killed in action 5 NOV 03 Iraq. A great person, a great warrior, and a great friend. On of the most proud Boricua I ever had the privilege to meet. Just like him are others that deserve more recognition. Like we always say “Pa Lante, Pa Atras Ni Pa Cojer Impulso” Orugullo Boricua to the Max!

E Fuentes
SFC (P), USA
Operations NCOIC
"Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out The Way"

 



HOLA HERMANOS BORICUAS EN LAS FUERZAS ARMADAS, MI
NOMBRE ES HECTOR FUENTES RETIRADO DEL US ARMY
(31L30H). VIVO EN KISSIMMEE FLORIDA Y EN LA FOTO ESTOY
CON MI HIJO PFC JOSSIAN CORTES ESTACIONADO
EN FORT DRUM N.Y. CON EL 10TH MOUNTAIN DIV. YA PRONTO
SALDRA PARA IRAQ Y ESPERO QUE TODO SALGA BIEN.

Mi nombre es Roberto Isaac nacido y criado en Ponce. Mi madre y hermano todavia viven en la calle Victoria. Ahora yo vivo en Denver, Colorado y esto en la Guardia Nacional asignado al 140th Logistics Squadron. Ya llevo mas 32 años fuera de la Isla pero mi corazon nunca se ha ido de Ponce. Saludos a toda mi gente que se encuentra por estos Estado Unidos y mayorment a aquellos que mantienen el nombre de Puerto Rico bien en alto sirviendo en las Furezas Armadas. Que Dios bendiga siempre a la isla mas bella del mundo y a toda su gente.

My name is Angel Morales Puerto Rican from Brooklyn,NY. I served proudly on active duty with the US Air Force from Jul 1977 – Mar 1998. While on active duty I was stationed in New York, Panama, Texas and finally my last 8 years in Germany. I currently live in Texas with my family. Sending a shout out to all my people on active duty giving the best that they have for their country. I am currently working as a regional manager for a storage company. My parents (Regino Y Pura Morales) reside in Bayamon, PR.

Que viva la musica, y que viva Puerto Rico.

Angel Morales

SPC Ana R. Smith-Rodriguez
Served from 2001-2005
US Army Active Duty
Administrative Specialist (42L)

I was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany with the 30Th Medical Brigade and 100Th Medical Detachment. And at Fort Jackson, South Carolina with the 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade. I am very proud of been "Boricua" and served to America with my heart. I'm at the moment a military spouse and my prayers are with my husband SSG Willie M. Smith (US Army 3/71 CAV), my brother SSG German Rodriguez-Perez (US Air Force), my brother-in-law SGT Michael Helmen (US Army), and all friends and military members that are still giving the battle for our freedom. God bless them all.


Mi nombre es Amaury B. Ochart, nacido en Harlem, NY y criado en Fajardo, la capital de la SALSA. Vivi en la urb. Monte Brisas. Estudie en le Colegio Santiago Apostol, 1976 y en la escuela Superior Dr. Veve Calzada, de la cual me gradué en el 1979. Mi alma mater es la Universidad Interamericana de San German, me gradue en 1983 del Departamento de Ciencias Naturales.

Ingrese al Army en Abril del 1987. Actualmente soy instructor del curso de primer sargento en la academio de sargento majores en El Paso, Texas. Yo tambien soy graduado de la Academia de Sargentos Mayores de los Estados Unidos Clase # 54/2004. Llevo 19 años en el Army. He estado estacionado en Ft. Hood, Panama, Honduras, Korea, Ft. Bliss, y Alemania.

Quiero decirle a todos los Soldados que se cuiden y sigan hacia adelante, pa' tras ni pa' cojer impulso. Que Dios los cuide a todos dondequiera que se encuentren al igual que a toda su familia.

Mi nombre es Richard Gonzalez Brock, nacido en Mineola, NY y criado en Arecibo. Soy del barrio Hato Arriba, y mi familia es del barrio Esperanza. Estudie en la escuela Roosevelt, la Jefferson, la Muñoz Marín y la Trina Padilla de Sanz de la cual me gradué en el 1983. Estudié por dos años en el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil desde el 1983 hasta el 1985.

Entré al Army en Mayo del 1985. Actualmente estoy estacionado en la ciudad de Kaiserslautern, Alemania. Yo soy el Sargento Mayor de Support Operations, 21ST Theater Support Command. Soy graduado de la Academia de Sargentos Mayores de los Estados Unidos Clase # 54. Llevo veinte años en el Army de los cuales la mayoría han sido en Alemania. Estuve estacionado en Fort Hood, Fort Stewart y Fort Bliss.

Quiero decirle a todos los Soldados, Marinos, Airman, Navy y Coast Guard, que sean orgullosos de ser Puertorriqueños siempre. Que Dios y la Virgen me los bendiga a todos dondequiera que se encuentren al igual que a todos sus seres queridos.

Que viva Puerto Rico y toda su gente. Sabor Boricua hasta la muerte.


 

Saludos a toda la isla de el encanto, mi nombre es Benjamin Rivera-Figueroa, obtentento el rango de Staff Sergeant y tengo 17 años en el servicio military 6 en reserve active y 11 años activos. De los activos 4 son en el Navy y el resto con el Army, trabajo como Cargo Specialist, pero ahora obtengo la posicion de NCOIC de los drivers para COMMNAD GROUP the 21st TSC , en Panzer Kaserne, Kaiserslautern en Germany.

Mi mensaje es para los que estamos en este negocio militar : es que donde quiera que hay un boricua es un hermano tuyo que merece tu ayuda si la nesecita; Yo personalmente me ciento tan orgulloso de que como raza nos dejamos sentir en el mundo entero; ha! y somos los MEJORES en el BASEBALL a nivel mundial....quidencen todos y aqui tienen un hermano Boricua....


 

Saludos a todos mis Compatriotas Puertorriqueños.........I'm SSG Fernando Rentas currently stationed in Seoul, Korea with US Army 18th MEDCOM. I'm from the City of Ponce (Los Pampanos). I've being serving in the military for 17 years and four of them here in the Korean peninsula. I've three daughters in the area of Miami, Kaysha, Keila and Michalyk. My oldest brother has just finished his military career in 2006 SFC (Ret) Carlos F. Rentas. Previously I've being stationed in Ft Lewis, Wa., five years in Germany, 5 years in Ft Bragg Special Operations Command and 82 Airborne Division. I'm very proud of my heritage, my country and all of my Puertoricans brothers and sisters that had served and currently still serving in all the branches.

Several hundreds of proud Puertoricans including yours truly have taken the responsibility and the task in our off-duty time to share our cultures, traditions and especially our music in many forms, in many places around the world that in the music and entertainment arena have no idea of the talents that exist within our ranks. From the USA to Europe to Australia to Japan to Italy to Hawaii and currently here in Korea peninsula, beside our military obligations we are taking the time to represent our pride with our musical talents. I'll like to invite everyone to visit tour website http://www.orqesencia.com/index.htm, of the only Salsa Orchestra here in the Korean peninsula which has being supported by approximately 57 talented musicians serving in the armed forces here in Korea for the last four years and entertaining musically the great citizens of this nation. God bless all my brothers and sisters in arms specially the ones serving in hostile areas, and to all brothers and sister in music and their loves ones...QUE VIVA SIEMPRE PUERTO RICO!!!.............peace!
!

QUE PASA BORICUAS"!

My name is Hector A. Rojas Alvarado, I'm from Jayuya, P.R. I'm currently station in Yongsan, Korea.  I served in Meridian, Mississippi and Great lakes, Chicago, I'm in the US NAVY. I'm a YOMAN III Class, administration job, I'm Proud to be BORICUA, , Always Boricua ,I have family in Jayuya and in Adjuntas !!! Viva Puerto Rico!!

My Father, SFC Hector Rojas-Luiggi, was born in Adjuntas P. R. and has served in the Army for 15 years. He served in Japan, Hawaii, Guam, Fort Lewis, Fort Drum as Infantry man 11B, he is also a medic 91W. Currently he is in Fort Sam Houston, Texas proving himself once more. He's got a lot of work and determination. He is the only man that I can see I love, My Father, "My Old Man" - My viejo. We, his family are proud & Puerto Rico should be, too. We couldn't have asked for a more exemplary representation of what a True Boricua is!



Buenas mi gente !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Orgullosa de representar nuestra cultura. Soy SPC Maria Negron asignada a Walter Reed Institute of Research. MD. Soy 91 D Operating Room Specialist.

Nosotros los que no estamos en la isla podemos dar fe de los privilegios que tenemos en PR y debemos cuidar de ello.

Mientras tengamos vida hay que luchar por ser mejor cada dia para recibir bendicones. SALUDOS!!

A big cordial greeting to my Puerto Rican soldiers and praying to our beloved God almighty for all you soldiers around the world conducting your contribution and carrying your heritage as soldiers, and Puerto Rican citizens - "Vaya Mi gente, Que Dios los bendiga" a donde quieran que esten. Receive God's blessing. "Todos Por La patria."

Israel Rosario, Jr.
(Ret) E-7 3rd Inf. Division.
I'm from Manati, Puerto Rico and reside in Brooklyn, NY. with 17years of army infantry experience.


156 Aerial Port Flight, Muñiz Air National Guard - now in New Orleans in Support of Hurricane Katrina victims.


I am SSgt Charly Berio from Bayamón, PR. I am part of the 156 Aerial Port Flight, Muñiz Air National Guard. Our unit has been deployed to all the regions in the world, to include Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Europe, Korea, South and Central America, and recently to New Orleans in support of the relief effort due to Hurricane Katrina. ¡Bendiciones a todos!

Who said “National Guard never deploys?”
Very Respectfully,
CHARLY BERIO, SSgt, USAF
Protocol NCO

 

Hola mi nombre es CPT Vázquez, estoy estacionada en Fort Hood, Texas.

Actualmente me desempeño como OIC de la Farmacia "Outpatient" en
Darnall Army Community Hospital. Soy de San Juan, estoy casada por doce
años y tengo dos maravillosos hijos. Quiero enviarle saludos a todos los
soldados Boricuas que están pagando el precio para disfrutar de nuestra
libertad. Dios Bendiga a todos..

CPT Edgar S. Otero-Muniz

I am originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and was commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Corps in 1999 at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico where proudly earned a bachelor’s degree in Education (Secondary Level).

I entered the Army in 1999 as an Infantry Rifle platoon leader for the 1-22nd Infantry Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. My previous assignments include: Assistant Brigade S4 (BDE Maintenance Officer) 4th Infantry Division, 1st BDE; BDE S4 (Logistic Planner) 4th Infantry Division, 1st BDE (BDE captured Sadam Hussein in Dec 03); Joint Planning and Assistance Team Officer in Charge, US Embassy, Guatemala; and as the 704th Division Support Battalion Support Operations Transportation Officer, 4th Infantry Division (Operation Iraqi Freedom-1). Commander of D Company 1-56th ADA and Transportation School, Fort Bliss, Texas.

My professional military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leaders Course, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2), and Combined Logistics Captains Career Course.

Previous awards include Army Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon. He is married to former Ivelisse Velez-Martinez of Lajas, Puerto Rico. They have two children, Liam Scott, and Natasha Ivelisse.

I currently command the Transportation School at Fort Bliss, Texas, where I train more than 31% of 88Ms (Motor Transport Operators) America’s sons and daughters in the US ARMY. Orgullo Boricua!!!

HOLA MI GENTE COMO ESTAN? MI NOMBRE ES ANGEL IRIGOYE,N DE PONCE PUERTO RICO, LA CIUDAD DE LOS LEONES. VALLAAAAA!!!!.

I'M STATIONED WITH CO. 1ST MI BN ON HOHENFELS, GERMANY. I'VE BEEN IN THE MILITARY FOR 9 YEARS AND BEEN STATIONED IN FORT BRAGG, NC; SOUTH KOREA, GERMANY, AND DEPLOYED ALL OVER THE WORLD.  I'M CURRENTLY SERVING MY SECOND IRAQ TOUR. I HAVE 4 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND ONE COMING UP IN MARCH, IM PROUD OF THEM AND I LOVE THEM.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL CRISTMAS TO EVERYBODY. I WILL BE HERE IN IRAK.........

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




My name is Jose A. Gonzalez, (right) born in Mayaguez PR, raised in Brooklyn NY. I am currently on active duty in the US Air Force. Been serving since 1985 and currently stationed in Luke AFB, Arizona. Wanted to say God Bless to all and never forget those serving in the war against terrorism. I am proud to be an American but always a Boricua first.

Jose A. Gonzalez


Soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard, ADA Platoon, HHC 92 SIB, celebrating at a Navidad Party hosted by the Organización Civico-Cultural de Puertorriqueños in El Paso, TX.  Dec 17, 2005.

Their names (not in any order) are: Félix, M. Morales, José R Zayas, Victor A Rovira, Reinaldo Guzmán, Edwin Correa, Jorge L . León, Jorge L. Vega, Leonardo Rivera, Pedro Rosado, Manuel Colón, Billie Ramos, Radames Rentas, Carlos R. González, Daniel Torres, José M. Torres, Georges Rodríguez, Carlos Muñiz, Luis Román, Daniel Colón, Juan Oliveras, Luis A. Santiago, and Manuel A. Colón. They will be deployed to Afghanistan in the Spring.

Cesar Merced (to the right)- is also serving with the group of soldiers from the PR National Guard, but was left out of the group picture.

SFC EFRAIN HERNANDEZ, FROM PONCE (CANTERA), PUERTO RICO. I HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND I’M PROUD TO BE A BORICUA. I’M PRESENTLY ASSIGNED TO THE SPECIAL OPERARTIONS COMMAND (KOREA); AND WILL RETIRE 1 MAY 2006, WITH PRIDE AND DIGNITY. I LEAVE IN MY FOOT STEPS MY THREE KIDS, WHICH TWO OF THEM ARE SERVING IN IRAQ RIGHT NOW AND THEY ARE SPC TIFFANY HERNANDEZ AND PFC ANTWIONE HERNANDEZ. MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER LATEESHA HERNANDEZ IS AWAITING BASIC TRAINING ORDERS FOR LATE JUNE 06. ALL THREE ARE MY PRIDE AND JOY AND COULN’T ASK FOR BETTER KIDS; GOD BLESS THEM AND KEEP THEM SAFE… Efrain Hernandez, SFC, USA - Special Operations Command Korea (Airborne)

 

My name is Jose M Garcia alias (Pacho) from Rio Piedras. I'm active duty in the US Army, stationed at Fort Carson Colorado. Currently working at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. I've been serving the US Armed Forces for 8 years. I want to send my love to my family. A mi Esposa Maria, Mi hija Lyzz que se encuentran en Colorado Springs, y a mi famila en Puerto Rico- mi Mama, mis hermanos Javier y Jeanette, mi Tia Nayda, y mi hermana que vive en Boston Ileana. And keep in mind that Mi patria es numero uno. Besos.

My name is SFC Ferdinand Robledo-Cortes. I am from barrio Cerrillos Hoyos, Sector Mameyes en Ponce, P.R. I am stationed with my family here at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I work at the Installation Equal Opportunity Office as an Advisor to the Commanding General. I had been in active duty for 14 ½ years stationed in numerous places overseas like Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and deployed to Africa on a Humanitarian Mission during Operation Support Hope in 1994. Stateside, I had been stationed in Buffalo, NY, Miami, Fl and here at Ft. Jackson, SC. My wife Maria, my daughter Jeanelle, my son Edgardo Luis and I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all our families in the island and to all other military families stationed here and abroad. Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano lleno de dicha y felicidad para todos. (right pic)




This is my father, SPC. Luis D. Morales, who is actually serving in Iraq for the first time with the C 3/13 FA form Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He's been in the army for two years now. He was born in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico and is 28 years old. He is our hero!! We are very proud of him!! Papi, we miss you very much and love you very much, too!!! God Bless you, your friends, and all the soldiers serving in Iraq. Kisses from your twins, Bye! (left pic)

Luis Daniel & Daniel Luis Morales

This is my future husband to be, Specialist Michael O. Serrano. He is currently serving in Iraq on his second tour with the 3/3 HHT 3rd ACR Troop from Fort Carson, Colorado. He's been serving in the US Army for 4 years as a Food Specialist. His mother was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Mike was born and raised in New Jersey, so he considers himself a jerzirican! He just became a new father in August 2005 to our son Julian Miguel. We our very proud of him!! Papi we love you and miss you sooo much!! To all the soldiers serving out there God Bless You!!



My name is SGT Michael A. Hernandez Martinez and I’m from Bayamon P.R.    I’m currently stationed in Landstuhl Army Medical Regional Center in Germany, and have been serving in the Army for over 8 years. I want to send my love to my family and my daughter Bridnie back home.

 

My name is HM3(SW) Katherine Ríos from Ponce. I'm active duty in the US Navy, stationed on the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), out of Little Creek, Virginia. Currently deployed for 6 months. I am the only Puerto Rican female on my ship and it is truly an honor to represent my country out here. I've been serving the US Armed Forces for 5½ years. I want to send my love to my family "Alvarado-Santiago" Papi y Mami - los quiero mucho. Mi patria es numero uno. Besos.

 

 

 

My name is Carlos Diaz I was born and raise in Cayey (Guavate). I’ve been serving in the US Army for 22 yrs. I live in Hawaii and this is where I’ll retire in the near future. Just want to say to the boricua soldiers thanks for representing the little island and make everyone proud. I also want to say to my son who’s station at Camp Pendleton CA, thanks for being a great son and keep your head up be proud your dad is!   Carlos Diaz, SFC (P)

 

My name is MA1 José A Guadalupe Caquias, I'm from Ponce, P.R. I'm currently station in Norfolk, VA, I have 21 years in service in Army Reserve, USMC and Navy. I'm Proud to be a former Marine, Once a Marine, always a Marine, Semper Fi!!! this website is very nice and very proud the work you been doing y que reconozcan todos los Puertorriqueños que estan en las Fuerzas Armadas. Keep the Good Work!!! Viva Puerto Rico!!


My name is SSG Javier Enrique Colón Mendoza and I'm from Puerto
Nuevo, P.R. I am currently stationed in Fort Carson, Co and have been
serving in the U.S. Army for over 14 years. You have a very nice website and
I would be proud to be posted on there. Que Viva Puerto Rico!

SSG Colon, Javier E.

SFC Jose Luis Gonzalez, Jr.,
Rank: E7
Presently serving in Iraq,
Stationed in Fort Campbell, KY, serving over 19 years in the U.S. Army
Job: Unit Supply Specialist

His hometown is Cleveland, Ohio

We all miss him and are very proud of him and just want him and all soldiers serving in Iraq to come home safely. A special kiss just from me, Mimi. I love you and miss you very much, Mimi
Jose and Mimi with our daughters, Sophia, Alexes and Cristina.

On the right is SFC Jose Luis Gonzalez, Jr. with his grandmother.





Soy SSG Franqui, Eliezer del Barrio La 15 en Cabo Rojo, en enero cumplo 14 años en el Army, ahora estoy estacionado en Fort Carson, Colorado como AC/RC entrenador de le guardia nacional, reserve, air force, y active army, mi trabajo original es 19D Cavalry Scout y e estado estacionado en Alemania (Fulda), Fort Hood (Texas) dos veces, Camp Garry Owen (KOREA) Dos veces en Kwait y ahora Fort Carson, saludos a todos, cuidense y que Dios los bendiga a todos.

SSG FRANQUI, ELIEZER
HHC 1/360 IN, 2BDE, 91DIV
FORT CARSON, COLORADO


Pfc.Rafael (FALO) Gautier, soy de Canovanas, PR, la ciudad de los indios o mejor conocida coma la ciudad del chupacabras, llevo 2 años en el army activo, soy un 31-B (military police) en estos momentos estoy estacionado en la base de la OTAN en Belgium mejor conocida por SHAPE, (Supreme Hedquaters Alliance Powers) aqui me destaco como policia militar internacional ya q trabajamos con 27 distintas naciones, aqui soy el unico policia militar puertoriqueño. Aprovecho para enviarle un saludos a todos los boricuas que sirven en las fuerzas armadas y en especiala los que se encuentran en Irak o Afgahnistan, que DIOS los bendiga y los cuide siempre y a mi gente en la isla que los quiero y espero volverles a ver pronto QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA, PFC, Gautier



I'm 1LT/IN Felix Torres
, I'm from Ponce (Ciudad de los Leones), PR.
Right now I'm station at 101ST Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. My
unit is the one known as 2-506TH IN (Band of Brothes). I've been on active
duty for 2 years now and we are getting ready to deploy in less than a
month. Remember Puerto Rico is and will be always #1...

1LT/IN Torres, Felix (MILLO Torres)
Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault Lead The Way!!!

SPC. Alberto Rodriguez
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1977. My hometown is Carolina, and I am a 19 DELTA U.S. CALVARY SCOUT with the 3rd Squadron, 7th Calvary Regiment of the 3rd Infrantry Division stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA. I am on Active Duty since 2002, and have been deployed to Iraq on OIF 1 and OIF 3. Proud to be 100% Boricua, de corazón, Viva Puerto Rico!

 

Petty Officer Orestes Cancel y soy de Guanica Puerto Rico. Actualmente estoy asignado al USCGC TAMPA (WMEC-902) desde Portsmouth, Virginia. Solo llevo dos años en el Coast Guard pero estuve seis en el Army hice un tour de casi seis meses en Kuwait y he viajado bastante con el Coast Guard. Mi meta militar es hacer Warrant Officer y la civil es posiblemente ser maestro de Ingles como segundo idioma a qui en los Estados Unidos. Gente, con orgullo siempre que los boricuas somos unicos y nos tenemos que cuidar el uno al otro. Cuidense mucho que Dios los bendiga.

Petty Officer Orestes Cancel
USCGC TAMPA (WMEC-902)
4000 Coast Guard BLVD
Portsmouth, Virginia 23703
(757) 483-8710

I am SFC Irizarry, Theodosia from Sabana Grande, El pueblo de los Petateros. I am an E-7 I being in the military 12 years active duty. Being here and there, I am currently an instructor for 92Y in Fort Lee, VA. Being here for about a year. I am dual military my husband in the military also. Proud mother of two boys Marcos is 8 and Anthony is 6 years old. We are making the Army our career currently we are changing from enlisted to officer. I am so proud of my husband just finish OCS and he is already a LT. I am going to school in January so wish me luck. Here is a couple of pictures of me in Fort Lee and in Log Warrior doing training with the soldiers. SFC Irizarry, Theodosia

 

Hi my name is Senior Airman Lysmariam Feliciano-Verdejo (Puertorrican-Rio Grande/Fajardo) Job: Special Vehicle Maintenance and my fiance is Airman First Class Allan Valladares-Peña (Honduran) Job: Supply we are in the Air Force at Shaw AFB. Allan is currently in Iraq and Iwould like to post our picture and send him a message if possible.

" Te amo y estoy muy orgullosa de ti, soon we will be together again. Thank you for all your sacrifices and all the struggle you have to go through to make us safe".    Besos . . . . Lys

 


SGT.Velez Jr , Antonio (263rd Qm Co.Cp.Taji Iraq) out of El Paso TX. Served in active duty from 1999 -2003 in the US Army. His reserve unit was activated back in 2004. He is hoping to get accepted to the AGR (Active Guard Reserves). Originally from Ct./Puerto Rico(Levittown/Sabana Seca).

We love you papi, we are so proud of you. Te mandamos mucho besos y todas las bendiciones. Quidate mi amor, tu y todos tus companeros. Come home soon !

Tu esposa y tus nenas,
Jasmin, Kristen & Nickole Velez


Jazmin Smith (Rosario)

Rank - Lance Corporal
Stationed in Okinawa, Japan
Job - USMC Reserves

I am from Philadelphia, PA but was born in Caguas, PR. I have
been in the MARINE CORPS for 4 1/2 years now.

Jose Isaac Dumont
Rank - Specialist
Stationed in Iraq
Job - Healthcare Specialist

Bueno Mi Gente!, I'm a Healthcare Specialist A.k.a. Combat Medic in Mosul, Iraq for almost a year now. I'm regularly stationed at Ft.Lewis, WA. But now for the good part I was born in Rio Piedras, P.R. in 1974, yes, I'm 31 yo and have been with the US Army for close to 3 years. I need a vacation break at the Isla and still find a Mrs. to fill in my time. But no matter where I go Puerto Rico and New York are always with me, Que Vive Puerto Rico, LIBRE!

AYRAM E. TEXIDOR MORENO
Rank - PFC
Stationed in WEISBADEN, ALEMANIA
Job - 63 H TRACK VEHICLE REPAIR

SALUDOS A MI GENTE BORICUA. SOY DE LAS LOMAS, RIO PIEDRAS EN SAN JUAN. ESTOY ESTACIONADO EN WEISBADEN,ALEMANIA CON 123RD MAIN SUPPORT
BATALLION.


George Perez

Rank - Spc. 4
Job - Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division

My son George, was born in Caguas. He has been in the Army for 3 years. He served in Iraq for a week before he was injured and lost his left leg below the knee. Currently he is in Afghanistan proving himself once more. He's got a lot of drive and determination and has made a miraculous recovery. We, his family are proud & Puerto Rico should be, too. We couldn't have asked for a more exemplary representation of what a true Boricua is!

My son lost the lower part of his left leg in Iraq in 2003. He is stationed in Ft. Bragg, but is serving 12 months in Afghanistan. He is the first 82nd Airborne paratrooper to jump with a prosthesis.

"An 82nd Airborne Division soldier from New Jersey who lost part of a leg in Iraq landed the second parachute jump in his comeback on Saturday, March 19th, 2005, staying on track to deploying with his unit to Afghanistan this spring.

Spc. George Perez, 21, of Carteret, and of Puerto Rican descent, completed his second parachute jump since a roadside bomb explosion in 2003 forced the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Paratroopers are required to jump every few months to retain their qualification.

Perez jumped with about 100 other soldiers. All wore high, black boots. Perez's artificial leg was shod with a white athletic shoe.

He said his landing over Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg was much softer than his last jump in December. He said he fell too fast last time and hit the ground too hard with the carbon-fiber prosthesis, snapping it.

Perez is one of at least four amputees from the elite 82nd Airborne Division to re-enlist in the past two years. He must show a medical board he can run an eight-minute mile, jump out of airplanes and pass all the other paratrooper tests that will allow him to go with his regiment to Afghanistan."



Ricardo Segarra
Rank - E-4/ SPC
Stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Job - Military Police

Born in Mayaguez but raised in Cabo Rojo. I will become a recruiter soon!!!!


Hector L Rodriguez Colon
Rank - SSG
Stationed in Puerto Rico
job - Recruiting

Im working as a recruiter but before that as a DS in Fort Allen, PR

Juan C. Ortiz
Rank - SSG
Stationed at White Sands Missile Range, NM
Job - Research and Development NCO

Que pasó mi gente? Nací en San Juan pero llamo a Carolina mi pueblo "Tierra de Gigantes", vivi en la tercera de Villa Carolina me gradué de escuela superior en el 95' y me meti al Army en el 97'. He estado estacionado en Ft Hood, Hanau Alemania, he servido en Kosovo y en Irak. Muchos saludos a todos, seme cuidan dondequiera que esten y Dios
me los bendiga!


Jose R. Boria-Cruz

Rank - Lieutenant Colonel
Stationed in Germany
Job - Senior ARNG Advisor

Born in Humacao, but call Juncos, la ciudad de los Mulos del Valenciano, my hometown. Graduated from Alfonso Diaz Lebron High School, 1981, then from University of Puerto Rico – Humacao, with a Bachelor in
Business Administration, 1986 and from Touro International University, with a Master in Business Administration, 2002. Received a commission as Second Lieutenant – Infantry from UPR-ROTC, 1985. Joined the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, CSC/1-295th Infantry, served in 1984-1987, as Antiarmor Platoon Leader. Transfer to the Florida Army National Guard, served 1987-1993, as Infantry Rifle, Mortar, and Scout Platoon, then assumed Company Command of B Company, then D Company and last as Personnel Officer 1-124th Infantry, then served as Intelligence Officer for the 53rd Infantry Brigade. In 1995, assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, US Army Infantry Center, and held the positions of Instructor, US Army Officer Candidate School; Chief, Force Integration Division, US ! Army Infantry Center; then Operations Officer, 3-11th Infantry. In
2001, assigned to 21st Theater Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany as Operations Officer, then to Headquarters, US Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany as ARNG Operations Officer and now serving as the Senior ARNG Advisor for V (US) Corps.
Juan Garcia Jr
Rank - MSG (ret) Army
Stationed at BAMC, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Job - Biosurety and Safety Officer for Dept of Pathology

VAYA...Como estan todo? I'm a Nuyurican pero con Puerto Rican contumbres. I served in the Army for over 22 years and loved it. I'm retired but still work for our nation's defence as a civilian. I live in San Antonio, TX. but visit PR every so often since my mother lives in Manati. Proud to serve and que viva la Salsa!

Laura M Lopez
Rank - 1Lt
Stationed in the USA
Job - Financial Services Officer

I am a full blood Puerto Rican woman. I am from Guaynabo and graduated from University of Puerto Rico. I am in the United States Air Force, but very proud of my island and culture.


Hector L Rodriguez Colon

Rank - SSG
Stationed in Puerto Rico
Job - Recruiting

I'm working as a recruiter but before that as a DS in Fort Allen PR


PEDRO J. C.

Rank - CW2
Stationed in ITALY
Job - UH-60 BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER PILOT

Ques lo que mi gente, bueno estoy estacionado en Italia y a la presente soy piloto de Helicopteros Blackhaws en el Army. Soy original de Ponce (Ciudad Señorial) P.R. y cuando me gradue de Ponce High me meti al Army, termine my B.S. por aca y me aceptaron a la escuela de vuelo del ejercito, (quien iba a pensar que este chamaquito que tiro piedras en la cantera iba a estar volando para esta gran nacion? Bueno saluditos cordiales gente y pa lante siempre.

Rafael Perez-Perez
Rank - MSG (RET)
Stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Job - Working as a Maintenance Manager Coordinator at Shriever AFB
for the Ground Mid-Course Defense System

Born in Ponce. Entered the military from Juana Diaz in 79 and retired in 04 after serving some time in Iraq. Great site.

Carmen Rosado
Rank - LT
Stationed in Germany
Job - Maintanance

I'm from La Parguera, lajas PR. I'm station in Germany 1AD. Active duty since 1998. I got my commission from OCS 2002. Been depoy to Bahgdad, Iraq with 501 FSB and 1st Armor Division.


José Luis Núñez Rosa

Rank - Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
Stationed in the United States
Job - CGSC Strategic and Operational Strudies Professor

I was born in San Sebastian de las Vegas del Pepino. I went to school in my hometown. In 1969 I was drafted in the US Army and served for two years, spending the last on in the Republic of Vietnam. After discharged from the Army, I joined the 770th Military police Company, Puerto Rico Army National Guard in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. I attended the Inter-American Uuniversity, San German and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Spanish and Education. I was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry from the ROTC Program at the Universityof Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. I entered the Army again in 1976 and served over 28 years as an officer. I served from Platton leader to battalion Commander. I was stationed in Germany, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, and Madrid, Spain. Now I teach the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenwoth, Kansas.


Angel S. Colon

Rank - SGT
Stationed in Irak
Job - Tanker

I'm from San German, proud to be Boricua. I've been in the army for 7 yrs ready to go back to my beautiful island and start a new life
 


Patrice Perez

Rank - E-7 AZC(AW)
Stationed in Maryland
Job - Aviation Administration

One of the best ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is by learning more about the Hispanic culture. Chief Patrice Jan Perez, Naval Air Systems Command Aircraft Controlling Custodian Administrative Services supervisor, is anxious to begin celebrating her heritage with others in the Hispanic/Latino community. Perez is a native of Puerto Rico, she moved in 1982,to Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1985, at the age of 25, she joined the U.S. Navy. "I really didn't think at the time that this was going to be my career," she said. Since beginning her Navy career, Perez has been married, divorced and is a single parent to her 16-year old daughter, Tatiana. "I am very much of a minority ... a woman, a Hispanic and a single parent."

Daniel Sanchez-Reyes

Rank - SFC E-7
Stationed in Iraq
Job - Aircraft Mechanic

Naci en Bayamon, pero ahora vivo en Houston TX. Estoy en la Reserva.Estoy cerca de el pueblo donde nacio Saddam. Estoy con la Division 42 de la Guardia Nacional de NY. Ellos si que tienen bastantes Boricuas de New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nueva York y de varios estados.Conmigo ahi 3 Boricuas mas en la unidad. Mi trabajo es arreglar los helicopteros Apache, de dia y noche. Saludos a las mamis en la isla.


Hector A. Rodriguez

Rank - 1SG
Stationed im Ft. Bragg, NC
Job - First Sergeant for a Field Artillery Firing Battery

I am PR currently living in Fayetteville NC. As you can see by my photo, Iam a 1SG in A battery 3D BN 319th Field Artillery, 82D ABN Division. Ft. Bragg, NC.

Michael Vazquez

Rank - Sergeant First Class
Stationed in North Carolina
Job - National Guard Recruiter

My parents are from Ponce and Cayey. I was born in the Bronx, New York. I found this site through google.com helping my daughter with a school project so she and her fellow classmates can understand more about where our ancestry come from.

Carmen Rosado

Rank - 1LT
Stationed in Germany
Job - Brigade Maintance Officer

YAMILET KEREZSI

Rank - E-4 SENIOR AIRMEN
Stationed in WHITEMAN AFB MO
Job - RADAR MAINTENANCE JOURMAN

Soy original de Añasco Puerto Rico.

Justa I. Hermina

Rank - E-4
Stationed in Hanau, Germany
Job - Supply Specialist

I'm from Camuy and currently living in Germany, it's been a rough but a great experience being in the military, hey who would of thought that this "jibarita" would travel around Europe and send "I wish you were here" post cards to all family and friends!

Rosangela Rivera Montes

Rank - PFC
Stationed in Germany
Job - Human Resources Specialist

Yo soy de Ponce ahora vivo en Friedberg, Germany. Trabajo en 55th Personnel Service Battalion. Viajando por toda Europa. Saludos a toda mi gente en Puerto Rico.
 



Richard R. Colón

Rank - SFC
Stationed in Iraq
Job - Military Intelligence

My son, Richie, has served on active duty with the Army for the past 12 years. He is currently deployed in Iraq. His wife and two little girls eagerly await his safe return to Ft. Lewis, WA. I was born in the land of the "Ay benditos" --Aquadilla--but raised my son in NY. He grew up knowing and understanding his culture with love, honor and respect for his roots and our many traditions. In fact, he requested that I send him some "Adobo" to sprinkle on his meals at chow time and on his MREs (he always says everything tastes better with a little Adobo on it). He also plays his salsa music (whenever possibe) as a morale booster for his soldiers. I am extremely proud that he wears his American Flag with honor and carries his Puerto Rican heritage with immense love, respect and pride. May God bring him, and all our soldiers, back to us safely real soon. Submitted by his proud Mom, Kaira

Antonio Luis Marrero

Rank - MSgt/E7
Stationed in USA
Job - Public Health/Medic

Puerto Rican from Chicago. Proud to represent Puerto Ricans in the US Armed Forces. Have family living in Hormigueros.


David Ramos

Rank - Specialist - E4
Stationed in El Paso, Texas
My job is with the PATRIOT: Air Defense

I am from Bayamón, and I am living in El Paso, Texas.


Wilfredo Cardona

Rank - SFC
Stationed in Maryland
My job is as a Research Laboratory Technician

I am from Lares, PR and I have been in the service for over 23 years. I will retire on 31 Aug 2005 with 24 Years in service. I feel glad serving in the United States Army.

Joseph William Rosado

Rank - Sergeant
Stationed in Fort Bragg, USA
Job - paratropper with the 82nd Airborne Division

My father was born in Cabo Rojo, P.R and my mom was born on Brookly, New York. Dad has family in Puerto Rico still living in Cabo Rojo. Dad left the Island in 1959 after my grand-dad returned from the war and moved to NYC. My dad now lives in the Baltimore area and has been a police officer for 30 years. Mom is a office worker. I have a twin sister named Stacey and she lives in Tucson, AZ and is employed as a medical assistant. I just returned from my second combat tour in Iraq and hope to leave the Army and join my father in the police department.
 


Henry L. Rodriguez-Rivera

Rank - SFC
Stationed in Ft. Jackson, SC
Job - Drill Sgt.

I am from Naguabo and I live in Fayetteville, NC. I am a Reservist on call up since Feb 2003, in my civilian job I work in the USPO as a mail carrier. I grauated from HS in PR in 1979.

SSG Josue D. Nieves
Stationed in Kuwait
My job is handling of soldiers returning from leave.

I want to thank God for all the people that support us in so many ways, and in particular supporting our mission, as we are making a historical difference in this country and the destiny of so many lives and souls. Dios los bendiga a todos!


Elvin Oscar Alves

Sergeant First Class
Stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan

From The capitol of tourism, CABO ROJO, DE LA COSTA. HUMILDEMENTE Y CON MUCHO ORGULLO




Luriam Sonia Hernandez
(photo on the left)
First Class Specialist E-4
Born in Puerto Rico, from Guaynabo

This picture was in Afghanistan back on 2003. Luriam served 4 years of active duty. Now, she is studying at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania. The picture and information was sent in by her very PROUD Mother, Ada.

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Specialist E4 Eulises Hernandez
(photo on the right)
Stationed in Ft Bragg, NC in Administration

I live in Ft Bragg, NC which is home of the airborne with my wife Janycet and kids: Alex & Candida. I was born in San Juan Puerto Rico. I have been in the US Army for 4 years. I served in Iraq from 2 days after the war started in March 2003 until January 2004. I am due for another one year tour starting Feb 2006. Both me and my family thank GOD for taking care of me and bringing me back home safe and sound. Let us not forget those who gave their lives for us and those whom were wounded.

 

In the photo on the left, Hernandez in Iraq, was working at detonating weapons taken away from the insurgents. Hernandez is part of the 37th Engineers.

 

 



Hector Correa
(photo on the right)
E-4 petty officer
Stationed in San Diego, CA
My job is Aviation Boatswains Mate

Saludos de este jíbarito de Bayamón estacionado en San Diego, CA. Encontre la pagina por accidente pero me lo estoy disfrutando mucho y sepan todos que hay unos cuantos jíbaritos más aquí y que representamos nuestras raices de todo corazón.Dios los bendiga y pa'lante puertorros!


Capt. Javier M. Figueroa, II (USAF) - Editor of El Boricua's Today's Puerto Rican Soldier channel, is stationed in San Antonio. He was born in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a degree in Bio-Chemistry. He completed his Master's Degree in Bio-Chemistry from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and is now working towards his Ph.D.  Capt. Figueroa is single and enjoys snowboarding, surfing, and mountain climbing. His Puerto Rican roots are in Coamo and Aibonito. His best time in Puerto Rico was going on the Tanamá River High Adventure Trek.

A very special "gracias" to George Collazo, of Photos of Puerto Rico for the design of our Puerto Rican soldier logo.
http://www.photosofpuertorico.com/home.html

And "gracias" also to Fernando Aleman, WebDesigner and Advisory Board Member
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