NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – The Deputy Chief of Staff (TDCS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), VAdm. Rommel Anthony S.D. Reyes visited the Headquarters of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) here on March 1 as he bows out of military service this month.
EastMinCom Commander, LtGen. Greg T. Almerol and his wife, Ms. Lynette Almerol, warmly welcomed the Deputy Chief of Staff and her spouse Ms. Marie Shanaz F. Reyes, after EastMinCom troops accorded him full military honors during his arrival.
Subsequently, LtGen. Almerol showcased the previous accomplishments of EastMinCom in line with the Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) “Kapayapaan” and its gains this year under the Peace, Law Enforcement, and Development Support Plan “Pagkakaisa” through a video presentation.
It includes the neutralization of 63 Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members, capturing of 75 firearms, the recovery of 10 Anti-personnel mines (APMs), and the dismantling of the Regional Headquarters, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (RHQ, SRMC), an NPA Vertical Unit, covering January 1 to February 28, 2023.
The Command later hosted a fellowship lunch in honor of the Deputy Chief of Staff, attended by the Commanders of different Joint Task Forces and Post Units under EastMinCom and its Officers, Enlisted Personnel, and Civilian Human Resource at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) Mess Hall.
In his message, VAdm. Reyes conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the personnel of EastMinCom who have worked with him for more than three decades of his active military service.
“As I have reached the pinnacle of my career as the Deputy Chief of Staff, spending time with all of you is my way of expressing my pride and gratitude to have been given the opportunity to sail not only our seas but also embark on this whole military journey with dependable and amiable colleagues. Maraming salamat sa inyong tapat na serbisyo at suporta. It has truly been an honor to have grown as a military officer and to have rendered faithful service alongside the dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.
Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol thanked the outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff for visiting the Command and extended his appreciation for the significant milestone he has accomplished throughout his military career.
“On behalf of the grateful men and women of the Eastern Mindanao Command, I thank Vice Admiral Reyes for his selfless service and sacrifice that he has rendered to the country and the Filipino people,” the EastMinCom Commander expressed.
LtGen. Almerol and VAdm. Reyes are both members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Makatao” Class of 1989, who achieved remarkable success in their military careers.