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Army honors three retiring generals

pa-logoFORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Three Army retiring generals were honored by the Philippine Army in a traditional testimonial review held on Friday, January 27, 2017.

 Major General Rolando V Picar, Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Resource Management Office; Brigadier General Allan F Martin, Commander of the General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command of the AFP; and Brigadier General Nelia F Valmonte, Chief Nurse of the AFP, will retire from the service upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 on February, respectively.

Army Vice Commander General Harold Cabreros together with other HPA-based officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees came to witness the ceremony and pay respect to the generals for their honorable service to the nation.

Picar, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandigan” class of 1982 rendered 38 years and 9 months in the military service. Prior to his current position he held vital posts in the Philippine Army such as the Battalion Commander of the 66th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in 2002; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3 of the 6th Infantry Division in 2004; and later as the Commanding Officer of the Finance Center of the Philippine Army.

During Picar’s stint as the commander for the 66th Infantry Battalion, he strengthened the unit’s community partnerships and led successful Internal Security operations in Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Sultan Kudarat.

Likewise, Martin is also a member of the PMA from the “Matikas” class of 1983. He rendered 37 years and 9 months in the military service. He took up key roles in the field while he was in the Army. He served as the Battalion Commander of 39 Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division in 2000 and also as the Commander of the 302nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in 2014.

As the Commander of the 302nd Brigade, 3rd Infantr y Division, Martin successfully led “Bayanihan” team activities bringing the army closer to the community. Such efforts greatly contributed in addressing insurgency in the provinces of Siquijor, Bohol, and Cebu.

On the other hand, Valmonte is one of the few female star officers of the AFP. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has a Master’s Degree both in Hospital Administration and in Nursing.

Prior to Valmonte’s current position she served as the Army Chief Nurse. During her stint, she was awarded as one of the Outstanding Professionals of 2015 by the Professional Regulations Commission. She worked to improve the Army’s nursing care services and ensured that the Army nurses are capable to provide the best medical and health care services to soldiers.

 The families of the three retiring Army generals were also recognized during the testimonial ceremony for their indispensable role in the success of the organization as the constant source of support and inspiration of the officers.

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