From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29): 21 officers, 170 enlisted personnel undergo squadron battalion retraining
“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
A favorite quote from American statesman Colin Luther Powell cited by Brigadier General (BGen.) Alexander Gonzales, division commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army during the closing ceremony of battalion retraining held at Camp Colonel Jacobe Zobel, Upper Pulacan, Labangan on Friday.
Some 21 officers and 170 enlisted personnel of the 1st Cavalry (Tagapanguna) Squadron successfully completed the one year and a month retraining conducted by the training staff from “The Armor School” in Camp O’Donnel, Capaz, Tarlac starting on May 15, 2015 to June 24, 2016.
“Congratulations to the graduates! I appreciate your efforts for completing the battalion retraining. This manifests your commitment and dedication to serve our country and our people,” Gonzales said in his message as read by assistant division commander Colonel Gilbert I. Gapay during the closing ceremony.
“It shows your willingness and strong desire to be part of the program of the Philippine Army in order to contribute in nation building toward achieving more progressive and peaceful society.
During the intensive training, Gonzales said, the graduates underwent series of military instructions, lectures, demos, physical examinations, practical exercises, etc.
“The knowledge and skills you’ve learned from the training staff will definitely help improve your performance in your unit,” Gonzales pointed out.
The Mechanized Infantry Division commander said the 1st Cavalry Squadron is now better prepared to face various challenges that would come along as a dependable unit of the division.
“You have now the distinct opportunity to display your natural prowess as a fighting unit,” Gonzales maintained.
The retraining is a manifestation of the dreams and aspirations of division to be able to train the unit in cohesiveness and coordination, as directed by the higher headquarters.