AFP NCR chief retires

July 12, 2012 9:57 pm 

MANILA, July 12 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday gave a testimonial review and parade to National Capital Region Command (NCRCOM) chief Major Gen. Tristan M. Kison who formally retires Thursday after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

Col. Arnulfo M. Burgos, Jr., AFP spokesperson, said the activities highlight Kison's successful career as officer and commander in the military.

During his stint as NCRCOM chief, Kison focused largely on the effective and efficient performance of the unit's responsibilities, especially in protecting the seat of government.

He also improved the unit's responsiveness in internal security operations, anti-/counter-terrorism, support to civil law enforcement, disaster response operations, and support to national development.

Burgos said one significant accomplishment is their conduct of disaster response and humanitarian assistance operations following the onslaught of Typhoon "Pedring" in Metro Manila in 2009.

This resulted to the evacuation of 6,827 families and provision and delivery of 342 sacks of rice, 300 sacks of clothes, as well as 2,410 bags and 260 sacks of relief goods.

Kison's NCRCOM also participated in the Philippine-US Balikatan Exercise 2012’s Bilateral Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response Command Post Exercise.

The focus of this year’s exercise is purely on Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response involving the Metro Japan International Cooperation Agency, local government agencies, Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Council, and other non-government organizations.

Prior to his stint as NCRCOM chief, Kison also served as Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group, Assistant Division Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, and Commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade.

A member of the PMA Matapat Class of 1979, Kison is also a recipient of eight Distinguished Service Stars, seventeen Military Merit Medals, the award of Gawad sa Kaunlaran, Medalya ng Kagalingan, two Bronze Cross Medals and numerous commendations.

AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Jessie D Dellosa congratulated MGen Kison and expressed his sincerest gratitude to the retiring officer.

“His outstanding leadership qualities have greatly helped the AFP in the performance of its general mission of protecting our people and our communities,” Dellosa said.

“I am optimistic that his legacy of commitment and dedication will continue to inspire the soldiers he led in the AFP, as we carry on in winning the peace for our people and ensuring the stability and continuous development of our country,” he added. (PNA)

LAM/PFN

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