Celestin “Cel” J. Rivera Aguigui
Celestin “Cel” Aguigui was born and raised on Guam, the oldest of eight children. He graduated from George Washington High School and then left the island to attend DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, he returned to Guam and taught high school government. He then joined the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer. He served as a Detachment Commander in Japan and as a Logistics Officer in Thailand during the Vietnam War. As an aircraft maintenance officer for the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, he supervised the entire maintenance operations consisting of 30 fighter aircraft and over 100 maintenance personnel. For meritorious service, he was awarded the Air Force commendation medal and bronze star.
After his military service, Cel became the first Executive Director of the Arizona Community Action Association, a statewide agency responsible for coordinating and overseeing anti-poverty programs for the state.
In 1979, he was hired as a Legislative Assistant for Military Affairs to the Hon. Congressman Antonio Won Pat, Guam’s first elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as as his legislative aide in Washington, D.C., and district office director in Guam
In 1989, Cel joined the US Census Bureau as a senior information specialist, where he represented the bureau at national conferences as a speaker, panelist, and exhibitor. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the bureaus’ highest award, for improving communication between the government agency and the leaders of the Asian and Pacific Island communities during the 1990 Decennial Census.He then retired from public service after serving for 30 years.
Throughout his career and into retirement, Cel has been active in a variety of civics and community affairs. He served as a Commissioner for the Maryland Commission on Asian and Pacific Affairs, appointed by Maryland Governor Parris Glendening (1992-1996); as a Member of Prince Georges County Human Relations Commission (1997-1998); and as a Commissioner for Charles County Blue Ribbon Panel for Race Relations and Diversity (2002-2004).
He joined the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and later served as President and Vice President for Legislative Affairs for Chapter 1260, the 3rd largest chapter in Maryland.
Cel and his wife, Maria, have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Lorenzo “Larry” Cruz (Fongo)
Larry was born in Anigua, Guam, and grew up in Sinajana, where he was active in the community and island-wide sports program, playing baseball, softball, basketball, and football. He attended George Washington High School, and after graduation, he was employed by Pan American Airlines.
He later enlisted in the US Air Force and went on to serve 30 years, retiring at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (CMSGT). His assignments include the following:
- Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) Air Training Command (ATC), San Antonio, Texas
- Technical School, Amarillo AFB, Texas, (ATC)
- 37th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Walker AFB (SAC), Roswell, New Mexico
- 79th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (ARRS – MAC), Andersen AFB Guam
- Detachment 10, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (ARRS—MAC), Bien Thuy Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam
- 1155th Technical Operations Squadron (AFTAC– HQ USAF), McClellan AFB, Sacramento, California
- US Naval Facility, Ritidian Point (Detachment 428, 1156th Technical Operations Squadron , AFTAC, HQ USAF), Guam
- Headquarters, North American Air Defense Command (HQ NORAD/ADCOM), Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Southwest Pacific Region, Defense Communication Agency, Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines
- Headquarters, Air Force Systems Command (HQ AFSC), Andrews AFB, Maryland
- Pentagon (Headquarters, USAF), Washington, DC.
After his military service, Larry was employed with the Department of Defense (DOD), serving at Headquarters, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Washington, DC, as an Educator Recruiter and Educator Licensure Certification Officer. When the DoDEA schools were to be established on Guam in 1997, he was sent to Guam to recruit educators to staff the schools. Larry was instrumental in the successful establishment of the DoDEA Guam Schools. He served with the DoDEA for 15 years, retiring in June 2007.
Larry is married to Gail (Savory) from Chi-Chi Jima (Bonin Islands), Japan, and they have three sons and six grandchildren.
Francisco “Frank” Dumanal Blas
Sergeant First Class, United States Army
Frank Dumanal Blas was born on 10 July 1946 in Sinajana, Guam. He graduated from Ballou High School, Washington, DC, in 1966. In April 1967, he was drafted into the United States Army and completed Basic Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He graduated from Airborne Jump School, Ranger Course, and Helicopter Door Gunner Course.
Frank served two tours in the Vietnam War. During his first tour, he was wounded in action in May 1968. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and numerous other awards.
Upon receiving orders for his second tour, he submitted a request not to serve due to his brother’s death while in high school, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, thus leaving him the only son to carry on the family name. Unfortunately, he request was denied.
In August 1990, he deployed in support of the Desert Storm War. In November 1990, he was ordered to return home, his retirement request approved. During his retirement out-processing, he was notified that he was under “Stop Loss” and ordered to return to his unit with the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed his tour in the Gulf War and officially retired in July 1991 after 23 years of military service. After retirement, he continued to serve as a civil servant in the Department of the Army. He served one year in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan, with the 7th and 5th Special Forces Group.
Frank has an Associate Degree in FAA Federal Aviation (Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic).
He married the former Rickie Kay Bennett of Kirkerville, Ohio, in 1973. They are the parents of Christopher, Maria, and Francisco II. Frank and Rickie are the proud grandparents of Shawnamarie Roberts, Alexis Roberts, Anya Campbell, and Francisco Michael.
Mother: Maria Quintanilla Dumanal, familian Bing Tagulo (Sumay)
Father: Francisco Garcia Blas, familian Okiaman Dero (Sinajana, Ordot)