On the morning of October 24, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico honored Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramon Colon Lopez for his exemplary military service. The motion issued by the House of Representatives recognized his commendable representation of the Puerto Rican people.
The event, attended by various government officials, military leaders, and family members, included the presentation of the Captain Euripides Rubio Medal to SEAC Colon Lopez. This prestigious medal is awarded to active soldiers or veterans who have demonstrated exceptional service on official missions, even at the risk of their own lives.
SEAC Colon Lopez expressed his gratitude to all Puerto Ricans who have served in the armed forces, defending the nation and upholding the honor of the flag, which he described as "the daughter of the sea and the sun." He stated, "Bravery, Integrity, and Love are the legacies instilled by Captain Euripides Rubio... these words have guided most veterans who have served, including our Borinqueneers."
Apart from his professional achievements, SEAC Colon Lopez is known for his love and appreciation for the people of Guanica, Puerto Rico. He thanked his sisters for their unwavering support and the cherished memories they have shared since childhood, stating, "I am a proud native of Guanica, born in Ponce."
Darilis Colon Lopez, sister of SEAC Colon Lopez, spoke proudly of her younger brother, affectionately known as "Apache." She recounted how he enlisted at eighteen and steadily grew personally and professionally during his time in the armed forces.
"There are no words sufficient to describe this moment," expressed Angelo Gomez Colon, cousin of SEAC Colon Lopez. "It is a deeply moving occasion that resonates with everyone, emphasizing his bravery and sacrifices and the significance of family as a guiding force."
SEAC Colon Lopez was grateful to the Honorable Luz Z. Arce Ferrer and the Ret. Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernandez, Ambassador of the United States Army Reserve in Puerto Rico, for their unwavering dedication to the military community in the country.
"It fills me with immense pride to witness this moment, where a 'Boricua' (Puerto Rican) is being recognized for his exceptional military career," remarked Col. Carlos Gorbea, the commander of the United States Army Reserve in Puerto Rico. "SEAC Ramon Colon Lopez has truly exemplified dedication and service, and it is a true honor to be present here today."
SEAC Colon Lopez enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1990. He has held assignments in U.S. Air Forces Europe, Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Special Operations Command, and Air Forces Central Command.
Likewise, he has actively participated in numerous deployments as part of combat operations in the Middle East and other classified locations.