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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WESMINCOM deputy chief bids farewell after 37 years of service

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Brigadier General Orlando E. De Leon, deputy commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) has bowed out of service recently after serving for 37 years in the military.

In a testimonial review and retirement ceremony, the deputy chief expressed his gratitude to all his peers witnessing the event.

Lieutenant General Rustico O. Guerrero, WESMINCOM commander officiated the ceremony along with other commanders of the different units, civilian employees and personnel who witnessed the activity.

“We now relieve him of his duty. He can now spend more time with his family,” Lt.Gen Guerrero said.

De Leon had served as deputy commander of WESMINCOM for over two years replacing BGen. Eugenio Clemen in 2013. Prior to this, he was the commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade in the Province of Sulu, who was instrumental in the transformation of the Marines.

“As a public servant, he has dedicated his life to God, his country and people. He has been a role model to his staff, showing that discipline and hard work gets the job done,” said Lt.Gen. Guerrero.

BGen de Leon has served in Mindanao for most of his career. Among the positions he held include: Platoon Commander and Commanding Officer of the 31st Marine Company and 5th Marine Company, Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) between 1984-1988 Intelligence Officer of the MBLT 3, Intelligence Officer of 3rd Marine Brigade in 1995-1996, Deputy for Intelligence of the then Southcom between 1999-2001, Executive Officer at MBLT 5 in 1997-1999, Chief of Staff of the Philippine Marine Corps, Deputy Commander of the 3rd Marine Brigade all between 2004-2006.

“Today the feeling is of both happiness and sadness. We wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors,” concluded Guerrero.