Detachment 756 Cadre 

Lt Col Taylor Valentine, Commander

Capt Gorge Hernandez, Operations Flight Commander

Capt Yamil Jonilonis, Education and Recruiting Officer

TSgt Mathew Brown, Detachment 756 NCOIC

Ms. Erudilia Muñoz, Secretary

 

Lieutenant Colonel Taylor Valentine

Commander

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 Gorge L. Hernandez

Operations Flight Commander

Captain Gorge Hernandez 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 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.

Captain Yamil S. Jonilonis

Recruiting and Education Officer

Captain Yamil Jonilonis is the Recruiting and Education Officer, 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 Jonilonis 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 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.

Mrs. Erudilia Munoz

Admin, Secretary

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Master Sergeant  Lily M. Gonzalez

Instructor

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Technical Sergeant  Mathew Brown

Admin, NCOIC

Technical Sergeant Mathew Brown is the Detachment NCOIC, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 756, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He is responsible directly oversee the cadet life-cycle while supporting 5 cadre and over 120 cadets. The 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. Assists officer instructors in educating cadets on AFROTC curriculum to include, but not limited to, character, honor, general military skills and human relations.

Technical Sergeant Brown entered the Air Force in 2013 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Technical Training at Kessler AFB, Mississippi. Technical Sergeant Brown deployed to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait and Al Dhafra, UAE. Technical Sergeant Browns first assignment was at Kunsan AB, South Korea where he was Administration for the 8th Maintenance Group and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Prior to his current position Technical Sergeant Brown was NCOIC at the second largest Post Office in the Air Force at Aviano AB, Italy.  During this assignment he supervised 25 personnel and oversaw movement of over 500,000 kilograms of mail. Supporting over 19,000 customer which included active duty military, government contractors and retirees.