Eagle Scout, Lawyer, US Army Captain
Latino Alliance founding member Guillermo R. Rovayo was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
His parents enrolled him in the Boys Scouts of America, an organization that ultimately shaped his character and values. He started as a Cub Scout at age 8, and stayed with the Scouting program through his high school years advancing to Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest youth achievement. The Eagle Scout rank was the culmination of years of dedication and hard work. He attended summer camp at Guajataka Scout Reservation in Puerto Rico. He was first a camper, and later part of the staff. “Guajataka” ended up being a place of outdoor adventure, strong friendships, and lasting memories. Through Scouting, he learned about duty to God, and duty to his country. He also learned to be unselfish in service and to have a commitment to the welfare of others.
For Guillermo, the greatest lesson from Scouting was that everything is possible in life; you just need to visualize what you want, work hard, and sacrifice!
As with many any other youngsters, after graduating from high school he wasn’t sure what to do next, or where to go from there. He always dreamed of being a Lawyer, so he decided to go to college. He attended the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with a Social Science degree, with a major in Political Science, a normal path to become a lawyer.
While in college he continued in the Scouting program as a young-adult leader. During that time, he was invited to participate in an internship with Impacto Latino, a newly created outreach program for Latino families and youth sponsored by the Scouting council in Springfield, MA. The internship’s mission was to assist the council in recruiting Latino boys and parents into the Scouting. He also worked as a staff member at Moses Scout Reservation.
Soon after his college graduation, he decided to take a break from school, and started working in the financial services industry and became a Financial Planner. In the middle of his financial services career he decided it was time to move forward to pursue his long life dream, to become a lawyer. He attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico during evenings, finished a Juris Doctor Degree, and became a licensed attorney.
After graduation and admission to the Puerto Rico Bar, he continued working as a Financial Planner and practiced law. His passion for law moved him to be part of something bigger than himself; he decided to join the United States Army as a Judge Advocate. Being a “member” of such organization was a unique calling that followed him since his teenage years. The values embodied in “Duty, Honor, Country” was something learned in his formative years as a young Scout.
He obtained a direct commission as a 1st Lieutenant into the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and was later promoted to Captain. His first tour of duty was at Fort Bliss where he served as a Legal Assistant Attorney helping Soldiers, family members, and retirees on legal affairs. A year later, Capt. Rovayo was selected from among his peers to run the Fort Bliss Tax Center where he supervised tax center operations that doubled the number of tax returns prepared for Soldiers, and saved the community well over a million dollars in tax preparation fees. Based on this achievement, The Texas Bar Association selected him as the recipient of the Colonel Tom Krauska Award for “Outstanding Service as an Active Duty Military Attorney Stationed in Texas”, a great honor.
Capt. Rovayo was assigned to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, where he served as a Brigade Trial Counsel (prosecutor) for the 4th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, “The Highlanders”. He deployed with the Highlander Brigade during the closeout phase of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. In addition to his Trial Counsel duties, he served as a Brigade Judge Advocate, and supervised eight paralegals spread out among Brigade elements in Baghdad, and northern, western, and southern Iraq. He stepped up to the challenge of a fastest-paced and complex combat environment that required frequent tactical movements, degraded communications, austere conditions, and an ambitious no-fail mission to transfer all bases to the Iraqis and maneuver all U.S. troops out of the country by December 31, 2011.
Currently, Capt. Rovayo serves as an Operational Law Attorney in Joint Task Force North located in the southwest US, a joint service command, and the Department of Defense organization tasked to support federal drug law enforcement agencies in the Counter Drug and Counter Narco-Terrorism fight within the entire North American continent.
Capt. Rovayo’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
People often ask him, how he can work in such demanding profession and take care of his family at the same time. His answer is always the same:
“Everything is possible in life, you just need to visualize what you want, do some hard work, and sacrifice. Everybody can achieve success.”
Latino Alliance proudly recognizes its friend for his exemplary service to his country, and congratulates him on his many achievements. We know that there'll be more to come!