Edward R. McCray, Army News Service
GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — "Hola! Bienvenidos a la Casa
Blanca," President George W. Bush opened his White House Hispanic
Heritage Month address Oct. 9 in which he recognized a deployed
Hundreds attend a Hispanic
Heritage observance at the South Lawn of the White House.
Hispanic Heritage Month was observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15. (Photo
by Donald Wagner)
Col. Enrique M. Guerra, commander of the 744th Military Police
Battalion at Camp Cropper, Iraq, was invited to fly back from theater
especially to attend the ceremony on the South Lawn of the White
was an honor to meet the president," Guerra said. "I am
humbled to be selected to be here."
you may be aware, I was born in Cuba. I came to this country with my
parents and my sister when I was seven months old," Guerra said
after the ceremony, adding that he feels a strong sense of American
patriotism and commitment to country.
has always had a sense of patriotism," said Karen Guerra, Lt.
Col. Guerra’s wife. "It’s in his blood. As a child, he was
always playing Army. He always wanted to be a Soldier. He loves doing
what he does."
Guerra stood proudly by her husband as the president shook his hand,
thanked him for his service and presented him with a presidential
Col. Guerra not only commands the 744th MP Battalion, an Army Reserve
Bethlehem, Pa., he also is currently the theater internment facility
commander of Remembrance II at Camp Cropper, Iraq.
Gen. Adolph McQueen Jr., commander of the 200th Military Police
Command at Fort Meade, Md., and former Joint Task Force Detainee
Operations Group commander at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, walked the grounds
of Camp Cropper with Guerra in July.
Cropper is a large internment facility in southern Iraq and McQueen
Guerra is the right man for the job.
is a Political Science graduate of Rutgers University.
also earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Thomas
Edison State College, in New Jersey. He is a graduate of the Army
Command and General Staff College and the Multifunction Logisticians
attributes much of his military success and the confidence that his
leaders have expressed in him to the fact that he is a good listener.
love being around Soldiers. I talk with them. I listen. Many of my
young Soldiers are volunteering for a second or third tour," said
Guerra. "Our morale is high."
his 2007 departure ceremony speech, Guerra noted that a large number
of Soldiers were volunteering to deploy with the 744th.
said he surveyed his young Soldiers and asked why they were
volunteering. "The general theme of the response I received was
that unit has a good reputation among the troops, and the Soldiers
feel that they have leaders that they trust," Guerra said, noting
that he went on to fill his ranks with subject-matter experts.
the President’s Hispanic Heritage address on the South Lawn of the
White House, he recognized Guerra with these remarks: "I’m
especially proud to be the commander-in-chief of a military in which
there’s 225,000 Hispanic men and women. One of these Hispanos is an
Army lieutenant colonel named Enrique Guerra. Listen to his
Bush briefly recounted the narrative of Guerra’s arrival to America
and his current military service.
president concluded his acknowledgments by saying "And today I’m
proud to honor his service, and the service of all Hispanic Americans,
who ensure that freedom is available to all. Enrique, bienvenidos.
Thank you for coming."