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CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The 38th Infantry Battalion and the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operation (CMO) has a new Battalion Commander and Chief respectively, in a turn-over ceremony last June 30 (Tuesday) at 602nd Infantry Brigade Headquarters, Camp Lucero, Brgy. Nasapian, Carmen, North Cotabato.

Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, Commander of 6th Infantry Division, presided the traditional Military ceremony where Lt. Col. Carlo A. Ferrer relinquished his post as the Commanding Officer of the 38th Infantry (We Clear) Battalion to Lt. Col. Edgardo L. Vilchez Jr.

Lt. Col. Ferrer was subsequently installed as the Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO, G7 replacing Lt Col. Guillermo T. Mabute who will be designated as the Officer in Charge of the 6ID Admin and Logistics Detachment at Headquarters Philippine Army Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila.

“To Lt. Col. Ferrer, it would definitely be not easy considering the work load in store. This might be a tough task for you but I know that through your experiences, you can manage,” Maj. Gen. Carreon said.

“To Lt. Col. Vilchez Jr., make use of this opportunity to show what you’ve got. I know you are worthy for the position so I expect you to take charge and perform your utmost best,” the Commander added.

The Commander also thanked Lt. Col. Mabute for his dedication for the past 8 months that has greatly contributed to the accomplishment of the Command’s mission as he carefully managed the challenges of the job as G7, which resulted to an excellent popular support within the area of operation.

After the turn-over ceremony of the 38IB, a ceremonial send off ceremony followed as they will be deployed to their designated area of responsibility in the Municipalities of Maasim and Kiamba, both of Sarangani Province, as the unit has finished its retraining program that lasted for 3 months. The unit was previously based at Brgy. Taviran, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao functioning as a Cadre Battalion and now reverted/reconfigured as a maneuver Battalion.

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