3ID Commander awards 11IB personnel and their military working dog

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Commander of 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, Major General Benedict M. Arevalo awards Military Merit Medals to the deserving personnel and a star to one Military Working Dog/K9 of 11th Infantry (Lapulapu) Battalion today, April 19, 2022 at Battalion Headquarters, Brgy. Salag, Siaton, Negros Oriental.

It can be recalled that last April 14, 2022, a successful encounter occurred at Sitio Tulong, Brgy Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan, Negros Oriental between troops of 11IB and 12 remnants of NPA Communist Terrorist that killed one of their members (NPA) and seizure of war materiel.

2Lt. Jay-ar Labasan with 10 Enlisted Personnel and one Military Working Dog/K9/Tracking Dog (TD) “ELLA” who were involved in the scored engagement receives the award. 2Lt. Labasan is the platoon leader of Scout Platoon who led his men in the seizure of enemy’s position while PFC Dave Calumbres, k9 handler with Tracking Dog Ella provided positive indication by following the traces and bloodstains during clearing operation that recovered one cadaver of the enemy.

In his statement, MGen Arevalo commended the bravery and exemplary performance of operating troops and Lapulapu troopers as a whole, “In spite of HADR operations and holy week, we continuously able to hit the enemy. Let’s keep it up for 3ID and congratulations to all members of 11IB. For me, loved by the people and feared by the enemy is the complete thought of a mantra that every 3rd division troopers should be able to practice by heart and I can see that it is really happening, you are now loved by the people. Now, AFP is the number one in the trust and satisfaction rating by Publicus Asia and this is attributed to the contributions of each and every troops and this also the contribution of our stakeholders who really guide us in the things that we are supposed to do and we are going to do.”

“This awarding ceremony is actually one of the ways that I’m doing to ensure that positive vibes is radiating within the division. What is different now, its the first time that I awarded a K9 Dog, we are now recognizing the effort and contribution of K9 personnel and a K9 dog that they really made a mission to be accomplished. I’ll be happy to come back again for the next awards. Of course, while we seek to hit our enemy, my wish also is for us to think our safety first, ensuring that we don’t incur casualty during combat operations”, he added.

This kind of recognition is part of the Commander’s concern in taking care the morale and welfare of his troops after selfless efforts during combat operations that significantly contributed to the Philippine Army’s overall campaign against insurgency. — PA

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