U.S. Soldiers Receive Medals From Guatemala’s Government

Three U.S. soldiers have been recognized by the president of Guatemala in Puerto San Jose for their acts of brotherhood and friendship.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales presided over the ceremony at which Staff Sgt. Harcel Rosado, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kinzie and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Raul Espinoza were awarded the Medal of the White Nun by the Guatemalan armed forces.

The soldiers are members of a technical assistance field team from the Fort Bragg-based U.S. Security Assistance Training Management Organization, a subordinate organization of the Security Assistance Command. Assigned to the TAFT in Guatemala, their mission was to train and advise the nation’s elite naval special forces in watercraft and communication tactics in support of their counternarcotics operations.

 Intercepting Illicit Drugs

Experts in their fields, the soldiers have spent the last year working shoulder to shoulder with Guatemala’s maritime forces as they fight to intercept hundreds of tons of illicit drugs that flow from South America through the Central American corridor into Mexico and, ultimately, the United States.

The soldiers’ dedication and superior service had a decisive impact on counter-narcotics operations.

Guatemala’s naval special forces, the FEN, are integral to the war on drugs, “and that they would…

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