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U.S. Army Sgt. Danny Galaraza and U.S. Army Sgt. Wilfrido Galarza
Brothers Ready for Kosovo Deployment
Army News Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2006 — They are Sgt. Wilfrido Galarza and Sgt. Danny Galarza, but soldiers in their unit know them as “the twins” although they’re 11 months apart in age. Still, there’s no mistaking family resemblance between the brothers from Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico.

The two soldiers and their unit, the 125th Military Police Battalion of the Puerto Rico National Guard, are about to make their second deployment with Kosovo Force 8. The Galarzas’ high-profile positions as their commanding general’s personal security detail has made them more than familiar with KFOR 8.

“Our mission is self-explanatory,” said Wilfrido. “We’re here to make sure the general is safe, to protect him. When and where he goes, we go.”

"Joining the National Guard was like joining an extended family,” he said. “It’s a brotherhood, we’re just like family. “We maintain military bearing during our mission, but once the missions are over we’re more like family.”

The brothers said their unit has exceptional support from families back in Puerto Rico. According to the Galarzas, before Puerto Rican units deploy, it’s common for unit members and their families to gather for a big send-off.

U.S. Army Sgt. Danny Galarza and Sgt. Wilfrido Galarza, brothers with the Puerto Rico National Guard, will soon leave for a yearlong, peace-keeping mission in the Balkans. U.S. Army photo

“Our families set dates to get together during deployment; the veteran wives make sure everyone is taken care of,” added Danny, the younger of the two.

The Galarzas say their feelings about the Puerto Rico National Guard are best reflected in a motto emblazoned in the side of a hill overlooking Camp Santiago where the Galarzas frequently train: “Soy Guardia Nacional con Orgullo” or “I am National Guard… with Pride."

Last Updated:
10/31/2006, Eastern Daylight Time
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