ARMY’S 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION HONORS 4 RETIREES
Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, newly-installed Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander (right), leads on Friday the testimonial honors to four enlisted personnel, who retired from military service upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of 56. (Photo courtesy of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.)
ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Army’s 1st Infantry Division on Friday accorded honors to four of its enlisted personnel who retired from the military service.
The retirees who were given testimonial honors were Master Sergeants Florante T. Almacen, Mario S. Sungag, Ricardo R. Jimenez, and Noel V. Realista. The four personnel have already reached the compulsory retirement age of 56.
Realista, who served the Philippine Army for 32 years, said he experienced joy, happiness, and sacrifices in serving the Filipino people and the country.
“I am so grateful for the organization for everything it has done to me as a person,” he said.
Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the newly-installed 1st Infantry Division commander, commended the four honorees for their accomplishments and the contributions that they have shared to the nation and to the command.
“Non-Commissioned Officers are the true backbone of our Army. They perform battle (operation) and administrative tasks and functions,” Ancan said.
He also commended the wives of the four honorees for taking care of their children while their husbands were on duty and away from the family.
The testimonial honor was held at Camp Sang-an, which houses the headquarters of the Army’s 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. (PNA)