CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The former commander of the Joint Task Zamboanga will now lead the 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, based in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay after the change of command ceremony held in the brigade headquarters, Monday, August 19, 2019.
Col. Leonel Nicolas succeeded Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., who is set to take post and promoted as the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division after a one year and two months stint as a brigade commander.
Nicolas is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1991. An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.
He is a graduate of Master of Management in Liceo de Cagayan University and Masters in Public Management Major in Development Security in Development Academy of the Philippines.
He also served as the Chief of Staff, Assistant chief of Staff for Operations and commanded two battalions of 1ID, the 10th and 5th Infantry Battalion, which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Brigade for being accustomed to the sociological and security situation in the area and had already established “teamwork” for peace and development with local governments units.
During his assumption speech, Nicolas expressed his commitment to perform and contribute to the Task Force ELCAC.
He also expressed that convergence effort among government agencies, security forces, and stakeholders will truly address the problem of insurgency.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, who presided the change of command ceremony, thanked and congratulated Brig. Gen. Gaerlan for his accomplishments in sustaining peace and security in the brigade’s area of responsibility.
“I am confident that the new brigade commander, with his expertise and capability, can sustain the gains of the brigade and can contribute in the attainment of a just and sustainable peace in Western Mindanao”, Ancan said.