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Brigadier General Antonio G. Nafarrete PA, outgoing Commander, relinquished the command of the Brigade to Colonel Antonio I. Bautista Jr., who assumed the position and all responsibilities that come with his new assignment.

Brigadier General Nafarrete addressed the Officers and personnel who witnessed the event as his stint as Commander comes to a close. “I would like to thank our Commander for the opportunity he gave me to serve the people of Sulu. For the people I worked with, I am very grateful for the support you had given for the overall accomplishment of the unit’s mission,” he said.

Meanwhile, Colonel Antonio I. Bautista Jr., relinquished his post as the Commander of Metro Jolo Inter-Agency Task Group and assumed the position as the Acting Commander of 1101st Infantry Brigade. “It is my great pride and honor to thank our Commander for the opportunity given to serve the people of Sulu again, but to a greater perspective. I will continue to strengthen the foundations that were laid by Brigadier General Nafarrete, and will strive to further perform our best,” he said.

Major General Corleto S. Vinluan Jr PA, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu and 11th Infantry Division, presided the turnover and imparted his words to the incoming and outgoing Commanders. “I would like to give my snappiest salute to Brigadier General Nafarrete for the contributions he served for the overall accomplishment of the unit’s campaign. To Colonel Bautista, I have given you my trust and confidence installing you with the position that you deserve. Make the utmost effort to cultivate further what Brigadier General Nafarrete had started,” he said.

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