CAMP GEN SERVILLANO AQUINO, Tarlac City (DWDD) – A Testimonial Parade and Turn-Over Ceremony for the second highest position in Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) was conducted on July 5, 2018 (Thursday), at the Grandstand, Camp General Servillano Aquino, San Miguel, Tarlac City.
The Testimonial Parade and Review was in honor of Brigadier General Milfredo M Melegrito, AFP, the Deputy Commander, NOLCOM (DCN), as he retires from the service.
This was followed by the Change of Chief of Office of the Deputy Commander NOLCOM, between BGen Melegrito (the outgoing DCN) and Colonel Arwel R Oropesa, which was presided and graced by the Commander NOLCOM, Lieutenant General Emmanuel B Salamat AFP.
BGen Melegrito, a member of PMA “Singtala” Class of 1986, has been the first Commander of the Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights in Syria, the Commander of the Army’s 702nd Brigade before becoming the Deputy Commander of NOLCOM from May 29, 2017 to date. He also became one of the Ten Outstanding Philippine Soldier (TOPS) awardee in 2012 awarded by Metrobank Foundation.
On the other hand, Col Oropesa, also a member of PMA “Singtala” Class of 1986 and an Armor Officer, is a graduate of both Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) and Masters in Public Administration.
He was designated as Commandant of The Armor School (TAS) and Commanding Officer of 3rd Light Armor Battalion (3LAB), both of the Light Armor Division (LAD), Philippine Army (PA). COL OROPESA also became the Deputy Commander of the 1st Mechanize Infantry Brigade (1MIBde) and as the Chief of Staff of the Mechanized Infantry Division (MID).
Following the military customs and tradition, new breed of leaders will carry on and NOLCOM will continue to honor and acknowledge the contributions of its great leaders and the efforts of the men and women of the command, who unwaveringly and selflessly served the armed forces, the people and the nation. NOLCOM / MCAG