Panama native fulfills dream of becoming pilot

Coming to America

Senior Airman Jonathan Martinez-Paez, shown in a childhood photo, attended ROTC in college with the hopes of becoming an Air Force officer after graduation. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior Airman Jonathan Martinez-Paez said his parents fled crisis-stricken Panama for the United States in the 1980s seeking safety and opportunity for their […]

From stripes to brassBy Capt. Rebecca Garcia

After attending ROTC in college, Cadet Martinez-Paez learned that he would not be able to become an officer until his U.S. citizenship was finalized. This would take five years unless he enlisted to speed the process. Capt. Rebecca Garcia Jonathan Martinez-Paez had what many would consider a successful career and a promising future. He had […]