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Sworn In, His Military Duty Now Begins

To say that Cleddhy Arellano is a busy guy would be quite the understatement. But, despite working two full time jobs, he recently found the time to be sworn in as an officer of the United States Air Force Reserves. It was something he felt he needed to do.

“I have worked so much as a civilian and now I just want to give back what I can,” said Arellano, a faculty member CSULB’s Department of Nursing and an Administrative House Supervisor at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was sworn in by LTC David Kumrow, an associate professor and graduate advisor in nursing at CSULB and who also is a battalion commander from the United States Army Reserves. Arellano was directly appointed to the United States Air Force Reserve nurse corps and assumed the rank of captain and will be serving as a clinical nurse/nurse practitioner in the 452d Medical Group, 452d Aeromedical Staging Squadron.

“I have been thinking about this for a long time, but told myself I needed to settle down first, finish my graduate studies, things like that,” said Arellano. “Then I made the decision to join in October 2007. I did my homework by reading up on the pros and cons of joining the reserves and going over regulations that pertain to a direct commission as a registered nurse to the Air Force Reserves.”

Arellano, whose specialty is adult critical care, adult and geriatric advanced practice and nursing administration, also does some critical care air transport (flight nursing). His unit in the Air Force Reserves is an Aeromedical Staging Squadron based at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside. The military service obligation as a military officer is eight years. Once unit training assembly or UTA begins, the commitment will be one weekend a month and two weeks a year for eight years unless he is deployed. His unit is highly deployable within 24-48 hours and if he is called to active duty, the length of deployment ranges from four to six months.

“Right now, I need to attend an officers’ training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama ─ RCOT (Reserve Commissioned Officers Training),” he said. “That takes place sometime within the first year of direct appointment that will prepare me to become an officer, learning how to salute, the military etiquette and courtesy as well as how to shoot a gun, after which I could be deployed anytime overseas or continental U.S. I am very fortunate that both of my jobs were very much accommodating with my schedule as well as my school.”

Image of Arellano Being Sworned In
Photo by David J. Nelson

A native of the Philippines, Arellano had been a United States citizen for some time now, something that is a requirement for a direct commission as an officer of the United States Air Force. Possession of a bachelor’s or higher degree recognized by the Surgeon General of the Air Force is also a major requirement. He completed his bachelor’s degree in the Philippines and his master’s degree at CSULB.

“Being a citizen is one way of giving back to this country,” he said. “Choosing what leader is appropriate for the country is a privilege attached to being a citizen and I take that very seriously.”

Arellano is extremely happy with his choice to pursue his education at CSULB, which he says has prepared him well for the road ahead.

“First and foremost, this is the only place to be ─ the campus, the college and the department, everything,” he said. “It’s one of the toughest nursing programs in Southern California. It has the best instructors, world-recognized professors and they prepared me very well. They were awesome.”

He was also admitted at University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, where he will begin the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program this fall.

And, what about his first name, which he readily admits is a bit unusual? Well, it was given to him by his aunt, also a registered nurse, who worked in a San Francisco children’s hospital with a resident physician with the same name back in the 1970s.