Marianas Variety – Mayor Apatang lauds visiting Coast Guard team

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang expressed his appreciation to a visiting U.S. Coast Guard recruitment team as he also encouraged young adults in the CNMI to consider joining the military.

“We always welcome all the services here. You know, [the recruiting team’s visit is an] opportunity for the young kids, especially those who will be graduating from high school,” said Apatang, the first recruitment officer in the CNMI for the U.S. Army.

The Coast Guard recruitment team headed by Lt. Christine Torres Igisomar conducted a presentation in the mayor’s conference room last week.

Igisomar thanked the mayor’s office for providing office space to the recruitment team.

“We reached out to about a dozen or so interested young adults who have already graduated from high school and they took time to see us.”

She said they also supported U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan’s service academy outreach on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

According to Igisomar, the recruiting officer on Guam will decide whether to open a permanent recruiting center on Saipan.

“It has to do with the budget and also with the numbers,” she added.

On Saipan, Igisomar said the team visited Marianas High School, Saipan Southern High School, Kagman High School, Mount Carmel School and Grace Christian Academy.

They also talked with Rota and Tinian school officials and students through video telecommunications, she added.

“One of the challenges of being on Saipan was to give everyone the opportunity to come and see us so we needed a central location known to everyone, [including] the folks from Koblerville all the way to Marpi.”

She said visiting schools allowed them to meet face-to-face with the students. “They deserve to hear the opportunities provided by the Coast Guard,” she added.

Igisomar was accompanied by Lt. Jonathan Girot and Petty Officer Mark Prijic of the Coast Guard Recruiting Office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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