Panay island-based 82IB gets new commander

October 3, 2012 9:54 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 3 — The Philippine Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion (82IB) will have a change of command ceremony at its Camp Monteclaro headquarters in Miag-ao, Iloilo on Thursday morning.

Lt. Col. Aldwine Almase will succeed outgoing commander Lt. Col. Julius Miranda who is scheduled to assume position of higher responsibility after more than a year stint as commander of the 82IB.

Almase is Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations of the Army's 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (3ID) based at Camp Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz,

Almase has stellar qualifications being a consistent topnotcher graduating number 4 (number 2 in the Army of his class) in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1992.

He finished number 5 in his Master's in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City and on top of the class on his master's degree in Public Management Major in Development and Security from the Development Academy of the Philippines in 2006 and 2012 respectively.

He is also a graduate of several military and civilian schooling that include the Command and General Staff Course, Project Management Workshop from the Asian Consulting and Training Group Inc., and Executive Seminar on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law from the U.S. Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.

He graduated number 2 from his Infantry Officer Basic Course and number 5 from his Infantry Officer Advance Course.

A decorated military officer and veteran of the Mindanao peace campaign, Almase is a recipient of various medals and commendations to include the Gold Cross Medal, Bronze Cross Medal, Military Merit Medal, Mindanao Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal, Mindanao Sulu Campaign medal and ribbon.

Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta, Jr., 3ID commander, said the 82IB will always be looked upon with high regard and relevance for the peace of Panay Island and Almase's extensive knowledge on peace and development will definitely continue to steer the 82IB towards this goal.

"I have full trust with Lt. Col. Alamase as he assumes command of a battalion whose existence is important for the stability of this region of the country," added Mabanta.

The 82IB, which covers the provinces of Iloilo and Antique under its area of operation, was organized in May 2009 to augment the peace and security operations in Panay island. (PNA)

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