by Bernadith G. Epan
MALAYBALAY CITY (PIA)—Col. Ted B. Dumosmog relinquished duties as the commander of the Philippine Army’s 403rd Brigade to Colonel Michele B. Anayron Jr., during the change of command ceremony here, January 23.
Major General Wilbur C. Mamawag, 4th Infantry Division commander, led the ceremony. He commended Col. Dumosmog for his exceptional leadership and accomplishments during his three-month stint with the 403rd Brigade.
“Col. Ted Dumosmog led the 403rd Brigade to unprecedented combat and non-combat accomplishments. The brigade sustained focused military operations, community support programs, and law enforcement support operations, resulting in tremendous favorable results,” Mamawag said.
Dumosmog, the 403rd Brigade’s outgoing commander, thanked all stakeholders for their unwavering support.
“I would like to extend my utmost appreciation to all our partner stakeholders for their generous sharing of time, resources, and expertise as we work together to defeat our common enemy,” he said.
Col. Michele B. Anayron, Jr., the new commander, said he received his order from AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Andres C. Centino on Saturday night.
“In our brief conversation with General Centino, he said, ‘Congratulations, Mitch; tapusin mo ang laban diyan,’ very brief but specific order. Same order I got from my Joint Task Force Diamond Commander, Major General Mamawag. My first impression of the marching order I got was ‘bira!’ (let’s do this) let us continue our focused military operations to totally defeat the remaining NPA groups,” Anayron said.
A change of command is a military tradition that shows how power and responsibility for a unit or command are passed from one person to another.
The history, tradition, and accomplishments of the command are embodied in the colors. The passing of the colors from an outgoing to an incoming commander represents keeping trust and leadership, as well as soldiers’ allegiance to their unit’s commander. (BGE/PIA-10/Bukidnon)