Detachment 756 Cadre

Lt Col Taylor Valentine, Commander

Capt Yamil Jonilonis, Operations Flight Commander

Capt Gorge Hernandez, Recruiting Officer

MSgt Lily M. Gonzalez, NCOIC, Director of Personnnel

SSgt Heather Franklin, Detachment 756 NCOIC

Ms. Erudilia Muñoz, Secretary


Lieutenant Colonel Taylor Valentine


Lieutenant Colonel Taylor Valentine is the Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 756, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He is responsible for recruiting, educating, training, motivating, selecting, and commissioning officer candidates through a comprehensive college program. He provides academic instruction on fundamental Air Force doctrine, practical leadership experience, and extensive field training emphasizing physical fitness and officership to prepare future officers for active duty.

He received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering. As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)-Qualified Civil Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Valentine has served in a variety of positions all over the world supporting base infrastructure operations and maintenance.  He is a joint qualified officer and has five combat deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.

Captain Yamil S. Jonilonis

Operations Flight Commander

Captain Yamil Jonilonis is the Operations Flight Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 756, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He is responsible of the cadets operations where he oversees and facilitates the education, training, and character building of students from among ten universities and colleges for commissioning into the United States Air and Space Forces as Second Lieutenants.

Captain Jonilonis entered the Air Force in 2007 and hails from Salinas, Puerto Rico. He first  enlisted as a Traffic Management Apprentice and later earned a commission through Officer Training School and became a Logistics Readiness Officer.  Captain Jonilonis has also deployed twice to Sather Air Base, Iraq and once to Al Udeid, Qatar. Prior to his current position, Captain Yamil Jonilonis was the Deployment and Distribution, Flight Commander for the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. In his capacity, he led 98 personnel and was responsible for the air and ground support for 169 F-35 and F-16 aircraft which make up the world’s largest fighter wing.

Captain Gorge L. Hernandez

Recruiting Officer

Captain Gorge Hernandez is the Recruiting Officer, in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 756, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He is responsible for detachment activities to recruit in-college, high school, and enlisted members from the local area. He recruits, trains, motivates, and counsels young men and women as prospective Air Force Officers. Captain Hernandez also promotes Air Force career opportunities to university and high school students, faculty, parents and administrators. Additionally, he instructs college courses, developing and educating cadets on the foundations of the U.S. Air Force.

Captain Hernandez entered the Air Force in 2009 and hails from La Ciudad Pirata, Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. He first enlisted as an Electrical Power Production Apprentice and later earned a commission through Officer Training School and became a Contracting Officer.  Captain Hernandez has also deployed Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; Georgetown, Guyana; and Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Prior to his current position, Captain Hernandez was the Staff Acquisition Officer for 12th Air Force, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. During this assignment, he oversaw numerous contingency plans, three Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercises, and various counternarcotic operations for the United States Southern Command.

Mrs. Erudilia Munoz

Admin, Secretary

Mrs. Erudilia Muñoz is the Administrative Secretary for the Department of Aerospace Studies (AFROTC Detachment 756) at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). She is responsible for the office administrative support for the department Director/ Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies (PAS), three Assistant Professors of Aerospace Studies (APAS) and two Non-Commission Officers, appointed by the Air Force ROTC Head Quarters in AL. She serves as a liaison registrar between crosstown universities: Interamerican Campus and Pontificia Catholic University Campus and Host UPRM. Ten Commanders and their staff and hundreds of students received assistant over 23 years of service.

Mrs. Muñoz was nominated in 1999 to fill a vacancy position held for over 20 years by previous secretary. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Office Systems from the University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla, including courses in Management, Human Resources, Accounting, Economy, and Proposals and Budgeting. Has assist the department with enrollment, scholarships, financial activity, property custody, building maintenance, and commissions. Her knowledge of procedures, quality of work, organization, productivity, initiative, cooperation, confidentially, public relations and adaptability are the keys that maintained the Air Force Cores values: Integrity first, Excellence in all we do, Service Before Self Up High!

Master Sergeant  Lily M. Gonzalez

NCOIC, Director of Personnel

Master Sergeant Lily M. Gonzalez is a Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Training Instructor, AFROTC Detachment 756, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She is responsible for the deliberate mentorship of future officer corps as the key enlisted leader and advisor to the detachment Commander regarding cadet academics, professional development programs, military training and discipline. Sergeant Gonzalez is also charged with promotion the health, welfare and morale of cadets while providing oversight for administrative tasks, such as the enlisted commissioning program, cadet contracting, and extended active-duty programs while at the detachment. Finally, she oversees their safety and medical examinations for accessions into the U.S. Air Force.

Master Sergeant Gonzalez entered the Air Force in 2006 and hails from Chicago, Illinois. She was selected as a Public Health Medical Technician where she earned her certification at Brooks City Air Base, Texas. Additionally, she has earned her Master Instructor certification at the United States School of Aerospace Medicine in 2019. She additionally holds a Master Resiliency Trainer certification for the U.S. Air Force. Master Sergeant Gonzalez has deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates where she directed the 380 AEW Public Health operations ensuring rapid movement for three thousand warfighters securing national interests.

Staff Sergeant  Heather Franklin

Admin, NCOIC

Staff Sergeant Heather Franklin is the Detachment NCOIC, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 756, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She is responsible for directly overseeing the cadet life-cycle while supporting 5 cadre and over 120 cadets. Her duties include a wide range of topics, including academics, health, morale, esprit de corps, mentoring, military training, professional development, and recognition of all assigned cadets. Additionally, she assists officer instructors in educating cadets on the AFROTC curriculum, which includes, but is not limited to, character, honor, general military skills, and human relations.

Staff Sergeant Heather Franklin entered the Air Force in 2018 from Olympia, Washington. She attended Technical Training at Kessler AFB, Mississippi. Sergeant Franklin’s first assignment was to RAF Lakenheath, England, where she supported the postal operations for a 15K base military personnel. She deployed to Incirlik Air Base in 2019 to support the construction of their runway for aerial operations. Prior to her current position, she was assigned to a geographically separated unit in Ankara, Turkey, as the NCOIC of the Commander’s Support Staff, servicing over 900 members of the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Partnership for Peace diplomats.