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New Army Reserve commander for Caribbean hails from Bayamón

Col. Carlos Cáceres

By John McPhaul

Col. Carlos Cáceres, a native of Bayamón, assumed command of the United States Army Reserve in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands during a military ceremony held at Fort Buchanan this past weekend.

“This change of command means a lot to me since I was born here, in Puerto Rico,” Cáceres said during his speech on Saturday. “To the soldiers and civilians of this organization, I want you to know that I assume this responsibility fully aware that I am here to serve you and our community.”

The new general commander replaces Brigadier General Jeffrey Jurasek, who had occupied the position since August 2019. Cáceres now becomes the officer in charge of the largest geographic command at the federal level in the Caribbean, which has some 5,000 soldiers.

In a military career of over 25 years, Cáceres has served in various positions from unit to division level, including operations in the Indo-Pacific, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Highlights of his career include direct support for world targeting operations, the successful rescue of three U.S. hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and the development of foreign military capabilities.

Sonia Cáceres, Cáceres’ wife, and daughters, Valerie Cáceres and Verónica Cáceres, were on hand for the historic moment. Several family members, friends, military colleagues and special guests, including high-ranking officials and national leaders, witnessed the ceremony virtually.

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