AAR chief lauds 1FAB for its outstanding accomplishments

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By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Nov. 2 (PIA) – The Army Artillery Regiment (ARR) lauded the 1st Field Artillery Battalion for its outstanding accomplishments in the past year.

AAR commander Col. Erwin De Asis, in his message during the 30th Founding Anniversary of the unit at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this municipality said he was impressed with the performance of the 1FAB under the sterling leadership of LtCol. Hubert Acierto.

“Let me congratulate each one of you especially your dedicated battalion commander, officers, men and women of 1st FAB who selflessly devoted your time and effort for the success and accomplishment of your mission,” he said.

De Asis mentioned the significant accomplishments for the year as the supporting field artillery battalion of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division particularly for conducting 109 fire missions against terrorist groups in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

“In the execution of Oplan Haribon 1 and 2, you were able to fire a total of 1,297 rounds that significantly resulted to the destruction of the enemy encampment, neutralization of terrorist members, recovery of high powered firearms, and recovery of subversive documents with high intelligence value by the supported units,” De Asis proudly announced.

He also cited the combat readiness of the unit by providing 127 in-house and unit sustainment trainings to the officers and enlisted personnel. “This kind of initiatives, indeed, resulted to raising the proficiency level of your personnel in the conduct of field artillery operations,” he added.

He noted the active partnership between and among the 1FAB, local government units and non-government organizations, that being a well-disciplined unit, it has earned the trust and confidence of stakeholders in promoting peace and security in the region.

Through this partnership, the unit was able to conduct 39 civil-military operations such as: tree planting, blood-letting, feeding programs, Brigade Eskwela, media forums, and adopt-a-barangay program.

“You have selflessly dedicated your time and efforts in accomplishing these things in support to our AAR-wide efforts and in compliance to the Philippine Army’s inclusion in the island of good governance,” De Asis added.

Meanwhile, LtCol. Acierto said the troops are always focused, ready and capable of performing its mission of ensuring peace to pave the way for sustainable development.

Acierto said the “Beat Em” artillery men are now supporting the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in its fight against terrorism.

As a gesture of our support to the anti-terrorism campaign of President Duterte, the unit deployed one (1) company of artillery men last September this year to support the Joint Task Force Sulu.

During the event, the 1FAB recognized the significant contribution of the stakeholders in the promotion of peace and security by awarding them certificates of recognition.