Scout Rangers to commemorate 62nd anniversary on Nov. 25

November 24, 2012 5:12 am 

MANILA, Nov. 23 – The Philippine Army's Scout Rangers — known officially as the First Scout Ranger Regiment — will be commemorating their 62nd anniversary on Nov. 25.

As the PA's primary special forces unit that specializes in anti-guerrilla warfare and the cutting edge unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Scout Rangers continue to be in the forefront of the military’s campaign against insurgency and lawlessness.

Over the years, the unit has produced a long list of heroes, including this year’s awardees.

1st Lt. Dimas Jun D. Balais will be awarded with the Distinguished Conduct Star, the second highest combat award in the AFP next to the Medal for Valor.

Balais was the Section Leader of the 8th Scout Ranger Company, First Scout Ranger Regiment, who fought against fully armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Pilar, Sorsogon on Sept. 25, 2009.

He skilfully led his men closer to the enemy amid the grazing fire and engaged the rebels in a close combat, killing nine of the communist guerrillas.

His courage and gallantry also saved the life of one of his soldiers who was attacked from the back and was wrestled by an enemy bigger than him when the latter’s rifle malfunctioned.

Balais immediately came to rescue his comrade, killing the enemy at gunpoint.

He also spearheaded the assault against the remaining rebels who were in total disarray.

The operation also resulted in the recovery of various high-powered firearms, including seven M-16 rifles, one M-14 rifle, three hand grenades, and assorted ammunition.

To receive Gold Cross Medals are 1st Lt. Rodrigo A. Babaran Jr. and Technical Sgt. Venerando G. Epogon.

Babaran led his troops to the stronghold of Abu Sayyaf bandits and Jemaah Islamiyah in Sumisip, Basilan province on June 4, 2010, engaging the latter in a firefight despite the superior enemy forces.

At the height of the battle, he exposed himself to the enemy fires, unmindful of his safety moving from one position to another with the troops, rushing at the enemy positions, and firing at the enemy on defense.

This bold move encouraged the troops to follow his feat, changing the tide of the battle. As a result, they were able to capture the enemy stronghold, killing seven Abu Sayyaf Group bandits.

Meanwhile, Epogon, as the Combat Group Sergeant of the 13th Scout Ranger Company, engaged the Abu Sayyaf Group, Jemaah Islamiyah and Lawless MILF Group in an encounter on June 4, 2010 in Sumisip, Basilan, controlled and commanded his team leaders even under fire, in the emplacement of troops, crew-served weapons and willingly carried out orders from his officers.

A number of officers and enlisted personnel will also receive Military Merit Medals.

1st Lt. Dranreb E. Lansang and S/Sgt. Victor P. Langanay are hailed as this year’s Best Officer and Best Enlisted Personnel, respectively.

Military top brass, including AFP chief Gen Jessie D. Dellosa, AFP vice chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Noel A. Coballes, Northern Luzon Command head Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Alcantara, Army head Lt. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, and Special Operations Command chief Major Gen. Romulo M. Bambao are expected to grace the anniversary celebration on Sunday at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan. (PNA)



One Response to “Scout Rangers to commemorate 62nd anniversary on Nov. 25”

  1. Eustaquio Dela Rosa on November 25th, 2012 1:26 am

    Congratulation to all SR graduates especially those who will be awarded w/ various medal tomorrow, and it is a clear proof and manifestation that we rangers are worthy to be called elite forces of the AFP. And not all soldier can be a ranger, albeit I am a retired soldier I am still very proud that sometime I undergone and hurdled the rigorous training of the ranger in Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal, and aforesaid training was very beneficial and attributed much to the preservation of my precious life during my combat stint in the troubled areas of assignment when I was in the active service then in the AFP. Can we or Are we authorize to attend the celebration tomorrow because of our retiree status, and is the ranger book available? Thank you and may our Omnipotent God bless all officer and men of the regiment with multiple blessings.