CAUAYAN, Negros Occidental- Forty-two soldiers, and Two military working dog received awards from 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, Philippine Army Commander, MGen Benedict M Arevalo, PA, on June 17, 2022, held at 15IB Headquarters, Tiling Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
The Military Merit Medal (MMM) with Bronze Spearhead Device was awarded to a total of 40 soldiers, with two officer, and 38 enlisted personnel (EP), including a two (2) K9 Dog handler of Military Working Dog/K9/Tracking Dog (TD), who were involved in a clash that transpired at Sitio Tigmaya, Brgy Gatuslao, Candoni, Negros Occidental, which resulted in the death of a New People’s Army (NPA) Child warrior and the seizure of (1) High-Powered Firearms, one (1) Caliber.45 pistol, one (1) Anti-Personnel Mine (APM); four (4) magazines, ammunitions, a commercial radio, a cellphone, and personal belongings.
In his message, Lt. Col. Michael L Cuarteros, 15IB Commander, said that “the troops’ recognition medals have boosted their morale, and they will strive to give their best for the Negrenses and the government’s commitment to achieving just peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, Major General Arevalo commended the leadership of 15IB as well as its men for their efforts in putting pressure on the CTGs through Focused Military Operations.
“the awardees should remember that once in their life as a soldier, they were involved in an encounter that led to mission accomplishment.” said MGen Arevalo.
“Luck favors the prepared, and I’ve seen how prepared you are in your operations.
May you continue to be loved by the people, Feared by the enemy”. MGen Arevalo added.
“May this award motivate and inspire other Spearhead Troopers to do their best and exert more efforts in promoting peace not only in Negros island, but as well as to other areas of Western and Central Visayas,” MGen Arevalo further added