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Guardmember Spotlight: SFC Chester Desiderio

August 22, 2020

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

In life we often hear of people answering a call to serve. Sgt. First Class Chester Desiderio answered two such calls. The first as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. The second as a Police Officer with the Honolulu Police Department.

“As a policeman I serve my community” Desiderio said. “I love interacting with everyday people and making a difference either as a mediator or by minimizing crime.”

Within the Guard he serves as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer at the Joint Operations Center.

“I love coordinating with different people between both Air Guard and Army Guard” said Desiderio. “Working on projects while being able to have good relationships with higher commands. Taking care of the Hawaii National Guard.”

As with the rest of the world he has faced some difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Adjusting to social distancing and ensuring I keep everyone safe” said Desiderio. “Both at home and at work.”

His situation during these times is unique; most Guardsmen who wear the dual hat as a service member have been called to their duties as police officers; however Desiderio was already on orders when the pandemic hit and he has been retained on Guard status to aide in the response efforts. His service record is what makes him an asset during these times.

“Multiple deployments to the Middle East made me realize there are bigger things outside of my normal day to day life; they made me a better person” said Desiderio. “Helped me better understand the struggles of other people. Realizing that there are some things you can’t take for granted.”

His message for the communities in Hawaii is simple.

“Stay safe and god bless.”

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