Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero bid farewell Wednesday to his former troops at the 3rd Infantry Division in Jamindan, Capiz, a week before turning over his position to Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez.
Guerrero served as 3ID commanding general for more than a year. He had been the commanding officer of 61st Infantry Battalion in southern Negros.
Military honors were accorded him by 3ID troops headed by Brig. Gen. Dinoh Dolina during his visit at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.
Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1984, was made honorary adviser of the Panay Indigenous People’s Organization in 2015, while he was still the 3ID commander.
He also lauded the 3ID troops for their major accomplishments in the conduct of internal security operations in Western and Central Visayas, among others.
Guerrero will be honored with another military parade on Sunday at the PMA, where he and retired Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao and Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, who formerly served the Negrenses as 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, are members of Class 1984.
Before leaving the military service, Guerrero activated the AFP Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which will now supervise all the special operations units from the different major services under one command.
The former SOCOM under the Army was deactivated and its officers, together with other personnel from special operations units, will now compose the core of the AFPSOCOM.
After his retirement, Guerrero will serve as head at the Maritime Industry Authority, as announced earlier by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Guerrero will turn over the AFP command to Galvez, a member of PMA Class 1985, on April 18.*GPB
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