Guam – Master Sergeant Michael M. Quitugua, Jr., of the 254th Security Forces Squadron, Guam Air National Guard, was named the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the entire Air National Guard, in a recent announcement made by the National Guard Bureau.
Major General Benny Paulino received a call from Lieutenant General Harry M. Wyatt, Director of the Air National Guard, this morning informing him about the selection of MSgt Quitugua.
Quitugua said he was shocked when he was congratulated by Major General Paulino on the selection.
“I was informed by The Adjutant General which also added a level of heightened anxiety,” he said.
Quitugua also noted that his motivation to succeed came from a number of different people from both his professional and personal life.
“I attribute my motivation and successes in my career to my leaders who continue to challenge and mentor me, to my friends who support and encourage me in good and bad times, and finally to my wife, who I attribute my professional and personal success to. She is my biggest supporter and my harshest critic. Without her I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today,” he said.
MSgt Quitugua began his Air Force career in September 2000 when he enlisted with the Air Force Reserve as an Air Transportation Specialist. He completed Basic Military Training and Technical Training earning Distinguished Graduate honors.
In January 2005, he transferred to the Guam Air National Guard 254th Security Forces Squadron, taking on a variety of duties with the squadron. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on April 2008 to the South Gate, Eskan Village Air Base, Saudi Arabia, as Security Forces NCOIC,
His wife, Technical Sergeant Maria Victoria R. Quitugua, 254th Security Forces Squadron, Guam Air National Guard, is no stranger to accomplishments herself. In 2007, she was Pacific Air Force (PACAF) Total Force Outstanding Airman of the Year, Air National Guard, and Air Force Security Forces Air Reserve Component Airman of the Year. She was also named the National Guard Bureau Security Forces Airman of the Year.
Quitugua said that for the short term, he is hoping to be accepted to attend the Senior NCO Academy and to receive an outstanding rating during the unit’s upcoming Compliance Inspection. For the long term, he plans to enroll in a graduate program, although he has yet to decide which masteral program he wants.
MSgt Quitugua was recognized as the Guam Air National Guard SNCO of the year during a banquet last February