Seasoned Army Officer Assumed Post 401st Brigade Commander

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City—A seasoned Army officer assumed his new post as Commander of 401st Infantry “Unity” Brigade, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division based at New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur at 2 p.m. yesterday, January 21, 2015.

The Change of Command Ceremony was presided by no less than Major General Oscar T Lactao AFP, Commander, 4ID.

Colonel Alexander L Macario, replaced Brigadier General Gregory M Cayetano, who will assume as Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training, J8, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Colonel Macario is a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. He held various key positions in the Army Special Operations Command and his most recent position in the 4ID, was being the Division Inspector General. He is a well decorated Army officer who received various military awards for excellence in combat and administration, letters and plaques of commendation and appreciation from different military units and civilian sectors. He is a well-rounded and highly respected Army officer having been assigned to several military units and offices and held different vital positions in operations and intelligence in the AFP.

Col Macario in his message vowed to do his job and continue what his predecessor has done, he also encouraged the soldiers of the 401st Brigade to continue what they have started and to work as a team so that peace and sustainable development in Caraga region will be attained.

BGen Cayetano relinquished his command with a message of thanks and pride of the Brigade’s accomplishment to the Commander, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division. He also said that he will be facing greater challenge in assuming a bigger responsibility in his military career as the incoming Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training, J8, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Major General Oscar T Lactao, Commander 4ID, said, “I thank BGen Cayetano for his excellent service rendered as Commander of 401st Brigade and for his contributions in implementing our Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” which has been contributed so much in gaining the numerous successes that resulted to the weakened of NPA strength in Caraga. To Col Macario, you have my confidence that you are the right person for this designation and I believed that you can equal or much better than what BGen Cayetano has accomplished”. (MAJOR CHRISTIAN C UY (INF) PA, 4ID Spokesperson)

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