Homeland Security Advisor, Major General (GU) Esther J. C. Aguigui

Major General (GU) Esther J. C. Aguigui was appointed as the Homeland Security Advisor on July 17, 2020 and is the Governor’s Special Assistant for Homeland Security. As the Homeland Security Advisor, she is overall responsible for the Government of Guam’s Office of Homeland Security. Her primary duties and responsibilities include all activities related to the protection of Guam and its people from terrorism, invasion, insurrection, rebellion, lawless violence, or similar threat.

Major General (GU) Esther J. C. Aguigui is the Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard and the Director of Military Affairs. As the adjutant general she is the senior military advisor to the governor of Guam and commander of the Guam National Guard responsible for the training, readiness, management and combat effectiveness of approximately 1,600 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians.

Aguigui has over 30 years of distinguished military service. She entered the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1985 as an Information Management Specialist in the 44th Aerial Port Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam. In 1996, Aguigui transferred to the Guam Air National Guard and served as the First Sergeant of the 254th Civil Engineer Squadron. In 1999, Aguigui joined the Guam Army National Guard and served in various assignments to include Aide de Camp, commander of the 294th Military Intelligence Detachment, the Guam Army National Guard (GUARNG) Element, and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. As the GUARNG commander, she was dual hatted as the Chief of the J1 Casualty Branch. In 2006, Aguigui served as Deputy, Senior Counterintelligence Officer for Joint Special Operations Task Force and the Liaison Officer to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan.

 

COMMISSIONING SOURCE:

Direct Commission

 

EDUCATIONAL DEGREES:

2017, Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA.
1989, Bachelor of Arts, Education, University of Guam, Mangilao, GU.

 

MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED:

2017, U. S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. in residence
2017, Defense Support of Civil Authorities Level I and II
2017, Joint Professional Military Education Level II
2014, U. S. Army National Guard Recruiting Pre-Command Course, Little Rock, AR
2014, Joint Professional Military Education Level 1/MEL4 (Intermediate Level Education Advanced Operations Course)
2011, U. S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, Huntsville, AL.
2004, U. S. Army Counterintelligence Officer Course, Sierra Vista, AZ.
2004, U. S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Captain’s Career Course, Sierra Vista, AZ
2000, U. S. Army Adjutant General Officer Basic Course, Columbia, SC
1998, U. S. Air Force First Sergeant Academy, Montgomery, AL.
1986, U. S. Air Force Basic Military Training, San Antonio, TX.

 

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Achievement Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Reserve Meritorious Service Award
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass)
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate
Air Force Training Ribbon
Army Physical Fitness Badge
Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Badge
Guam Commendation Medal
Louisiana Commendation Medal
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:

Ambassador – Guam, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation
Member (Life), United States Army War College
Member, Association of the United States Army
Member (Life), National Guard Association of the United States
Member (Life), National Guard Association of Guam
Member (Life), Military Officers Association
Member (Life) Reserve Officers Association
Member (Life), National Women Veterans Association
Member (Life), Guam Women Veterans Association
Member, Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant - 29 July 1999
First Lieutenant - 26 July 2001
Captain - 16 January 2004
Major - 20 August 2008
Lieutenant Colonel - 14 April 2014
Colonel (GU) – 15 Mar 2019
Major General (GU) – 5 May 2019

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

29 July 1990 – HHD, Guam Territorial Command – Family Programs Coordinator
03 September 2001 – HHD, Guam Territorial Command – Aide de Camp
04 May 2002 – 294th Military Ipntelligence Detachment – Commander
23 March 2006 – 294th Military Intelligence CI FWD 2, GUARNG – Commander
22 April 2006 – Joint Special Operations Task Force – Deputy J2X
19 January 2007 – GUARNG Element, Joint Force HQ – Secretary of General Staff
01 April 2010 – 105th Troop Command – S-2/S-3
31 May 2012 – GUARNG Element, Joint Force HQ – Commander
22 May 2014 – GUARNG Element, Joint Force HQ – Human Resource Officer
10 July 2014 – Guam Recruiting & Retention Battalion – Commander
4 June 2016 – GUARNG Element, Joint Force HQ – Executive Officer
27 July 2016 – U.S. Army War College
16 August 2017 – GUARNG Element, Joint Force HQ – Chief, Facilities Management Office
28 January 2019 – Army Element, JFHQ – Adjutant General
18 July 2020 – Guam Homeland Security – Homeland Security Advisor

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