Mona Aquino joined the Air Force on June 10, 2008. Her initial duty station was in Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota where she served as a Contracting Specialist. She was deployed to South West Asia and became responsible for providing the base personnel some of their basic needs such as drinking water and food services.
Upon her selection for an enlisted commissioning scholarship, Mona was honorably discharged from the Air Force on July 23, 2011. Her educational goals include finishing a degree in Criminal Justice. She is contracted to commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on June 2014.
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Alejandro Holguin joined the Navy on January 14, 2004. His initial duty station was in Jacksonville, Florida, at Naval Station Mayport, where he served aboard the USS De Wert FFG-45. There, he attended to ship structural maintenance and preservation, and assisted in operational tactics and maneuvers until December 2005. During his time aboard ship he was deployed to regions of Central and South America on operations that worked toward preventing narcotics trafficking.
Upon leaving the USS De Wert, Alejandro changed jobs to be a Religious Program Specialist (RP). He then was stationed in Oceanside, California, where he was assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. There he served alongside Marine Corps units providing support to chaplains of all faiths, and took part in command religious activities and physical security for chaplains during field exercises and in combat environments. Alejandro deployed to Iraq in September 2008 as an Individual Augmentee (IA) assigned to Regimental Combat Team One (RCT-1) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Alejandro was honorably discharged from the Navy on June 13, 2009. Alejandro is a husband and a father of two. His educational goals include finishing a degree in Social Science and pursuing potential careers back in the military, working with veterans, or teaching.