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Puerto Rico National Guard Adj. Gen. Reyes retires


Maj. Gen. José Reyes had served as adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard since early 2019.


By THE STAR STAFF


The adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, Maj. Gen. José Reyes, announced his retirement on Monday.


“On February 19, 2019, I was confirmed in the Senate of Puerto Rico to lead the men and women of this organization, and with the task of elevating it to a higher level of acceptance, respect and pride in the conscience of each of its members, of our people and of the Nation,” Reyes said in a written statement.


He said Puerto Rico faced unprecedented challenges in the modern history of the island “that, at times, even disrupted the foundations of our society.”


“But in the midst of all this confusion, the men and women of the National Guard were always present as a firm pillar and beacon of hope,” Reyes said.


“As our people still recovered from the devastating experiences of 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria, together we faced the challenges that 2020 brought — the wildfires, the ongoing atmospheric unrest, the earthquakes that impacted us for the first time in nearly 100 years and, to top it off, the COVID-19 pandemic,” Reyes said. “Fearing the unknown, the men and women of the Puerto Rico National Guard stood firm to combat that scourge, protecting not only their families but all the people of Puerto Rico until we were able to declare victory, making us the region with the highest percentage of vaccinated in the entire nation.”


“We have fully and successfully fulfilled all our responsibilities to our Puerto Rican people, as well as our federal responsibility, showing total dedication to selfless service and the fulfillment of the commitment acquired,” he added. “Thank you to everyone! God bless our island. God bless the nation and God bless the National Guard of Puerto Rico.”

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