- Colonel Roy Macaraeg is the first Pinoy soldier that became a general in the Hawaii Army National Guard
- He took his oath before the governor of Honolulu on Tuesday at Washington Place
- Macaraeg also gave an inspiring message to motivate the youth to follow their dreams
The governor's office in Honolulu reported on Tuesday that a Pinoy made history as he becomes the first Filipino to attain the rank of a general in the Hawaii Army National Guard.
Col. Roy J. Macaraeg was promoted as a brigadier general.
He took his oath at Washington Place. The ceremony was attended by Macaraeg’s family, friends, and colleagues from the Guard and administered by Governor David Ige.
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Macaraeg earned many awards and recognitions throughout his years of service.
He was awarded "Soldier of the Year" and assigned to be a field artillery officer as soon as he graduated from the Hawaii Military Academy.
He was deployed to Kuwait, Kosovo, and Iraq and held posts in Pentagon.
The newly-promoted general also gave a message to the youth.
"It starts with self-discipline to do what needs to be done so that you can achieve whatever you want."
"If you’re young, and you’re thinking about doing something, go do it. Figure it out"
Roy J. Macaraeg is married to Bene, his high school sweetheart. They have a daughter named Chloe Anne.
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