Three Battalions of 1ID have new Commander

CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Three Infantry Battalions of Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division will now have new commanding officers after the joint change ceremony held here Monday August 5, 2019.

The 10th Infantry “Steady On” Battalion will now be led by Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, the former Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations of the command.

Tiongson is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Kalasag-Lahi” class of 1997.

He replaced Lt. Col. John Andrada who also assumed as the commanding officer of the 97th Infantry “Kalasag-Lahi” Battalion.

Andrada is a member of Officer Cadet School, New Zealand class of 1997.

Lt. Col. Rufino De Leon, who turned over the command of 97th IB to Lt. Col. Andrada, will now be the commanding officer of 5th Infantry “Duty Bound” (CADRE) Battalion and replaced Lt. Col. Ryan Severo who is set to be assigned in Higher Headquarters.

De Leon is a member of Officer Candidate Course “Makabayan” class 13 in year 1995.

The three newly assumed commanding officers were scout rangers and a graduate of Command and General Staff Course, one of the requirements for the battalion commander position.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, congratulated the outgoing battalion commanders for the job well done.

He emphasized that their commitment and dedication to duty greatly contributed to the accomplishment of command’s mission.

Ancan also challenged the new battalion commanders and urged them to use their full potential and apply the best practices that they have learned from the length of their experiences and from the various educations and trainings they’ve taken.

“Always give your best shot and I can assure you that my full support together with all the Tabak Troopers will always be extended to you”, said Ancan.

“Stay focus on your role as commander in the accomplishment of mission and the welfare of your men as well. Let us work together for the success of the 1st Infantry Division”, Ancan concluded.

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