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NMC Grads, CNMI Residents Receive Army Commission (July 8, 2013)

Four CNMI residents recently received their commissions for Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, as well as their bachelor degrees from the University of Guam.

Second Lieutenants Lloyd Garcia Abigania, Matthew Camacho Cabrera, Shuai Chen and Peter Taitano Sakisat were commissioned at the Hilton Resort Guam, and graduated with bachelor degrees from UoG the following day.

“All four of us hope that our accomplishments will show people back home in the CNMI what options for them exist that don’t require moving to Hawaii or the mainland for school or enlisting in the Army,” said Cabrera. “Second Lt. Chen and I even started smart by enrolling at the Northern Marianas College then moving to Guam to further our studies.”

Before attending UoG, Cabrera and Chen had graduated from the Northern Marianas College. Cabrera earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 2009, while Chen earned two Associate of Applied Science degrees in Business Administration, one with an emphasis in Business Management and the other in Computer Applications in 2005. He also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2010.

Cabrera went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing from UoG and will be attending the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader’s Course at Army Logistics University in Fort Lee, Virginia. After training, he will serve active duty as a Quartermaster officer. Cabrera is the son of Lee and Evonne Cabrera of San Vicente, Saipan, and husband of Micaela Babauta Demapan with whom he has daughter Miana Christine.

Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and will be attending the Infantry Basic Officer Leader’s Course (IBOLC) at Fort Benning, Georgia in November. He will later serve active duty as an Infantry officer. Chen is married to Toyoko J. Pangelinan of Tanapag, Saipan with whom he has sons Edward Jr. and David Kuan.

Like Chen, Abigania will also be attending the IBOLC at Fort Benning in January. He will then be assigned to the Infantry for three years and will later serve active duty as a Military Intelligence officer. Abigania is the son of Dominador and Leticia Abigania of San Antonio, Saipan.

Tinian native Sakisat graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and will serve in the Guam Army National Guard as an Infantry officer. Sakisat is the son of Francine Taitano Sakisat of Tinian.

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