United States Army Staff Sergeant Jorge Monge and his wife, Shannon, both Paradise Valley Community College employees, recently presented an American flag to PVCC President Dr. Paul Dale in thanks for the college community’s support during Jorge’s time stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The flag flew over Guantanamo Bay from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2021.
Jorge, a public safety assistant at PVCC, was deployed to Cuba from December 2020 to October 2021. Through the pandemic and other life altering events, the PVCC family embraced Shannon and her three kids, alleviating extra worry and stress for the Army vet.
Shannon Monge, an administrative specialist at PVCC, explained that while her husband was away, she and her kids were showered with caring sentiments, meals and more, which helped take much of the burden off of her daily life.
“I am forever grateful to my PVCC family for all the care and support they showed me and my kids. Even the littlest thing like asking, ‘How are you doing?’ meant alot. We had so many people reach out to offer care and support,” Shannon said. “Jorge knew that we had a strong support system and we were being taken care of. This allowed him to focus on his mission, which kept him safe and his soldiers safe. I could not ask for a better work family and quality of work life.”