I am retired Army lieutenant colonel Jerome Sibayan and I want to tell you why I served for 28 years—around the world and throughout the United States.
In 1988, I swore an oath to support and defend our Constitution—an oath I continue to take seriously. Our national purpose is to assure the integrity and vitality of our free society, which is founded upon the dignity and worth of the individual.
My parents are Filipino immigrants. They were teenagers in the Philippines during the brutal Japanese occupation in World War 2. I served because I don’t want any American to have their experience.
I not only witnessed history, but was a part of it, too. I was in West Germany ready to defend our allies from the Soviet Union when the Wall came down and the Cold War came to an end. I was part of the allied forces’ ground war to liberate Kuwait from Iraq’s military occupation. I proudly served with those who sacrificed and bled for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I helped provide food, shelter, and protection to 30,000 Cuban refugees during the Second Mariel Boat Lift—living under the same conditions as the asylum seekers. I led the Hurricane Mitch reconstruction program in Central America—rebuilding roads, schools, and water supply infrastructure. I served because the Army is a community of people of action—people who believe it is never the wrong time to do the right thing.
Yes, Army life was hard and I’ve had my share of injuries and personal loss. As a matter of course, I’ve been threatened, shot at, and been on the wrong end of an artillery barrage. But the benefits to the common good far outweigh all of the tough days put together. I served this amazing nation with honor, integrity, and respect.
I am committed to our free society and individual dignity. Many of you have noted—I am not a politician. I am a public servant and I want to put my Army leadership and management experiences to work for you as a City Councilor.
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