The 4th Special Forces Battalion, headed by Negrense Lt. Col. Eliglen Villaflor, was adjudged as Best Battalion of the First Special Forces Regiment during the 25th founding anniversary of the Special Operations Command, held Friday at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
The award was received by Villaflor from Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Special Operations Command chief, Maj. Gen. Donato San Juan.
Villaflor yesterday said he offered the award to the dedicated and hardworking personnel of the 4th SF Battalion, and various stakeholders in the private sector, government, non-government organizations, and private individuals who gave him their untiring support in the performance of their mission in Basilan.
SOCOM is home to the Army's elite forces – the First Scout Ranger Regiment and the Light Reaction Regiment, aside from the FSFR, which figured prominently in most AFP campaigns nationwide, especially in Mindanao.
Villaflor used to serve as commanding officer of the 32 nd SF Company deployed in northern Negros, in mid1990s.
The mission of SOCOM is to organize, train, equip and sustain the Army's special operation forces in the conduct of special operations in support to the Philippine Army mission.*GPB
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