Guam sends its own to Naval Academy

Two months after accepting an offer of appointment, Jewel Maigue has started a new chapter in her life at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“I’m feeling both anxious and excited,” she said the day before her official entrance into the academy. “I know it’s natural to be nervous about going into something new, especially when you know you’re going to be completing something that will test you physically, mentally, and morally … but I also know that I’m not alone in feeling this way,” she said.

Jewel Maigue, left, with her NJROTC instructor, retired Navy Cmdr. Doug Bowling, right, at a baccalaureate mass in 2021.

Excitement was what Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Evans also felt when he received his offer of appointment from the academy. He remembers that he was with his family when they checked their mailbox. In the box was a big manila envelope. “I was speechless,” he said when he saw that it was indeed an offer of appointment.

‘It’s not in me to quit anything’

Evans graduated from the academy in 2010. He spent the last three years of high school on Guam and graduated from Guam High School in 2006. He currently serves as the operations officer at Commander Submarine Squadron Fifteen in Guam.

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