CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes Rear Admiral Narciso A Vingson Jr as the new Deputy Chief of Staff and Lieutenant General Salvador Melchor B Mison Jr as the new Vice Chief of Staff in a ceremony held at the General Headquarters Building, Thursday, 12 January 2017.
“Rear Admiral Vingson is the concurrent The Inspector General, AFP. He will still head the office until the assumption of a new Inspector General,” Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Chief disclosed.
Rear Admiral Vingson is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. Prior to his assumption as the Inspector General in December 2016, he held the positions of Commander, Naval Education and Training Command and Deputy Commander, Philippine Fleet.
“Considered a seasoned sea-dog, Radm Vingson spent almost twelve years of sea duty aboard various Philippine Navy commissioned vessels. Among the vessels he commandeered were BRP Alberto Navarette (PG-394), BRP Iloilo (PS32) and BRP Ang Pangulo (AT25), the Presidential Yacht,” Colonel Arevalo said.
As a dedicated Surface Warfare Officer, RAdm Vingson took various foreign courses in the United States of America such as Anti-Sub Warfare Course, Amphibious Indoctrination Course, Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer Course, Combat Information Center Course and Instructor Training Course. He also took his Master of Science in Systems Engineering at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California, USA.
RAdm Vingson is also a recipient of various awards; among them are Distinguished Service Stars, Military Merit Medals, Military Commendation Medals and numerous campaign medals and commendations.
“As the new Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFP, RAdm Vingson will now become the principal conductor of all activities of the AFP Joint, Personal and Special Staff. He is now the nominal Commander of the Technical and Administrative Service, and will also sit as Council Chairman of various board and committees in the AFP,” said Colonel Arevalo.
The Deputy Chief of Staff automatically assumes as the Chairman of the AFP Educational Benefit System, AFP Commissary and Exchange Service, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, AFP Golf Club, and AFP Provident Fund.
On the other hand, Lt Gen Mison has moved up to the second highest post in the AFP taking over as the military’s Vice Chief of Staff. He took over the position left by former Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Glorioso V Miranda who is now the Commanding General of the Philippine Army.
“As the new Vice Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Mison not only takes over the daunting role of being next in Command of the AFP, he will also act as an important link between the Chief of Staff and the Area Commanders,” Colonel Arevalo said.
Aiding the Chief of Staff in the administration and management of the AFP organization, the Vice Chief of Staff will also sit as the Chairman of various AFP Boards such as the Office of the Ethical Standard and Public Accountability, Selection of Medal for Valor, Housing, Legislative Affairs, and Gender and Development.
“The positions of the Vice Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff are vital in influencing the success of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They may be working out of the public’s sight but their duties are equally crucial in ensuring that our efforts as one organization are unified and in line with our overall mission of protecting the people and the nation,” General Eduardo M Año, AFP Chief of Staff said.