Emilio Díaz Colón

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Emilio Díaz Colón
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Major General Emilio Díaz Colón
Nickname(s) "Millo"
Born 1950 (age 66–67)
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg Army National Guard
Years of service 1968-2001
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg
Major General
Unit 101st Troop Command, 130th Engineer Battalion, 892d Engineer Company
Commands held Puerto Rico Adjutant General
Awards Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Other work Superintendent of the Police of Puerto Rico
Emilio Díaz Colón
Police career
Department Puerto Rico Police Department
Country Puerto Rico
Rank Superintendent
(July 7, 2011-March 28, 2012)

Major General Emilio Díaz Colón[note 1] (born c. 1950), is a former United States National Guard officer who served as the Adjutant General of the Puerto Rican National Guard. In 2011, he became the first member of the PRNG to be named Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police Department.

Early years[edit]

Díaz Colón is the oldest of three siblings born to Emilio Díaz Lebron and Margarita Colón in the town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. His father was the head foreman of the Central Roig sugar cane plantation. The Central Roig was one of the last mills that produced sugar in Puerto Rico.[1] Díaz Colón was raised in his hometown where he received his primary and secondary education. Díaz Colón's brother Luis F. "Pickie" Díaz Colón, former Head of the National Parks Company, was once the Mayor of their hometown Yabucoa.[2]

In 1968, Díaz Colón joined the Army National Guard (ARNG) as an enlisted soldier in an engineer company, while at the same time he was enrolled and attended classes at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. In 1971, Díaz Colón earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Civil Engineering.[3]

Military career[edit]

Díaz Colón was selected to attend the Warrant Officer program at the Warrant Officer Candidate School, which is administered by the Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon his graduation in February 4, 1975, he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer One (WO1). He was then assigned to the HHC 130th Engineer Battalion at Vega Baja, Puerto Rico where he served as Utilities Maintenance Technician. On August 3, 1976, he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant and assigned as Engineering Officer for the same Battalion. From January 1977 to August 1979, Díaz Colón served with Company D 130th Engineer Battalion at Carolina, Puerto Rico in the positions of Engineer Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. After his promotion to the rank of Captain he was named Company Commander.[4]

On August 1979, he was reassigned to the 892d Engineer Company at Humacao, Puerto Rico as Company Commander and in September 1979, he was the Assistant S-3 of the Command and Control at PRNG Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He served there until October 1979, when he returned to the 130th Engineer Battalion as Battalion Executive Officer.[4]

Government positions[edit]

In 1978, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Carlos Romero Barcelo appointed Díaz Colón to the position of Executive Director of the Authority of Solid Wastes in Puerto Rico. He served in this position until 1981. In that year, he was named Director of the Commissioners Office of Municipal Matters.[5] He served in this position until 1985, all the while in 1982, he was promoted to the rank of Major and in 1983, he attended the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[4]

During the years that he served in the Commissioners Office, the Puerto Rico National Guard named Díaz Colón Battalion Commander of the 130th Engineer Battalion. From 1985 to 1990, Díaz-Colón was given a Federal position when he was placed in charge of the Housing Urban Development (HUD) in the Caribbean.[5]

Adjutant General, Puerto Rico National Guard[edit]

From August 1985 to June 1992, Díaz Colón served with the 101st Troop Command at Headquarters, State Area Command, San Juan, Puerto Rico. On July 24, 1987, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and during the years in which he served at Headquarters, he served in various positions including that of Executive Officer.[4] On July 23, 1992, Díaz Colón was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Regular Army and on December 22, of the same year he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. On January 1993, he was named the Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard. As Adjutant General, he was the Governor’s senior military adviser and oversaw both state and federal missions of the Puerto Rico National Guard. He also provided effective leadership and management in the implementation of all programs and policies affecting more than 11,100 Puerto Rico National Guard citizens-soldiers. Díaz Colón was promoted to Major General (Line) on November 18, 1993 and continued as Adjustant General until he retired from the Puerto Rico Army National Guard in 2001.[4]

Superintendent of the Police of Puerto Rico[edit]

On July 2011, Luis Fortuño, the Governor of Puerto Rico, named Díaz Colón for the position of Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police Department. He thus became the first person who was a former Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard to be named to that position.[2][6] Díaz Colón entered the Police Department in the middle of a record-breaking year in murders in Puerto Rico, and has received harsh criticisms ever since from various sectors.[7][8][9][10][11][12] On March 28, 2012, after only 9 months on the job, Díaz Colón resigned as Superintendent.[13]

Military decorations and awards[edit]

Among Major General Díaz Colón's military decorations and awards are the following:[4]

Puerto Rico National Guard decorations

  • Commendation Medal1.JPG  Puerto Rico Commendation Medal
  • Service Medal1.JPG  Puerto Rico Service Medal
  • Exemplary Conduct Medal.JPG  Puerto Rico Exemplary Conduct Ribbon
  • Civil Disturbance Ribbon.JPG  Puerto Rico Civil Disturbance Ribbon
  • Disaster Relief Ribbon.JPG  Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Ribbon
  • Active Duty for Training Ribbon.JPG  Puerto Rico Active Duty for Training Ribbon

See also[edit]

Preceded by
José Luis Rivera (interim)
Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police Department
July 7, 2011-March 28, 2012
Succeeded by
Héctor Pesquera

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Díaz and the second or maternal family name is Colón.

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