THE 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division (ID) has installed its former Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel as the new commander of the 10th Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Burgos village, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

Lieutenant Colonel Angestal Angeles II took over the command from Lieutenant Colonel Ray Tiongson, who will be designated as the new 1ID personnel officer, the position vacated by the former.

Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., 1ID assistant division commander, who presided the turnover of command ceremony Tuesday, August 10, has challenged Angeles to continue the outstanding performance of the 10IB.

Gaerlan likewise appealed to the local chief executives and the different national and local government agencies to continue supporting the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and let the people in the remote villages feel and take advantage of the services of the Army and the government.

Tiongson thanked the 1ID leadership for the chance to lead the 10IB and serve the province of Misamis Occidental and the areas of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.

“I am deeply honored to be an Army infantry officer and command this prestigious unit whose troops are known as heroes of the Battle of Marawi and now the warrior peacekeepers of Malindang,” Tiongson said.

Meanwhile, Angeles expressed his gratitude to Major General Generoso Ponio, 1ID commander, for believing in his ability to serve the 10IB.

Angeles also assured the stakeholders present during the ceremony that the battalion will continue to show its support and assistance to their plans, projects, and programs to develop and improve the well-being of the people in Misamis Occidental province.

Angeles urged officers of 10IB to enable its soldiers to focus on their job without additional burdens in mind, strengthen their operations in Civil-Military Operations with its stakeholders’ participation, and lead them toward selfless private and government partnership, which empowers people-centered volunteerism.

“Together, let us win the peace. We owe it to those who came before us; we owe it to ourselves and our people. Together, let us build a community that we can all be proud of,” Angeles added.

Angeles, an Airborne and Special Forces officer, is a member of the Officer Candidate Course Class of 2001. (SunStar Zamboanga)

Source: SunStar (