CAMP MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal (DWDD) – The 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, Philippine Army installed the new Commanding Officer of 76th Infantry (Victrix) Battalion in a ceremony at Capitol Training Center, Capitol Compound, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro on February 01, 2018.
Major General Rhoderick M Parayno, Commander, 2ID presided the Change of Command ceremony.
MGen Parayno has expressed his deepest appreciation to the accomplishments contributed by LtCol Eric Guevarra to the mission of 2ID. He also conveyed his profound and heartfelt thanks to the officers and men of 76IB for supporting Lt Col Guevarra during his stint as commander.
On the other hand MGen Parayno welcomes Lt Col Mario Lito I Retirva as the new Battalion Commander of 76IB with high hopes that his vast military experiences and competencies will be a great help to the unit.
“Mario, we are now entrusting to you the “Victrix” Troopers. We are confident that you will continue or will even exceed with flying colors the legacy of the previous commanders of 76th IB”, he said.
The Change of Command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding or flag officer to another. The passing of unit color from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit’s commander.
MGen Parayno also thanked the presence and support of the different members of local government units and stakeholders of Occidental Mindoro. “I am confident that with all of you, solidly supporting the Army in its programs and undertakings, we will be able to finally win the peace we all deserve”, he added. 2DPAO / MCAG