Vice Admiral Alexander S. Lopez has turned over the helm of the Western Command to Brigadier General Elvin E. Hermogino today at the Headquarters parade grounds.
The change of command ceremony was graced by the Acting Chief of Staff AFP, LTGen Glorioso Miranda as the presiding officer and keynote speaker. It was also attended by the Governor of the Province of Palawan, Jose Chaves Alvarez as the Guest of Honor.
Vice Admiral Lopez served in the Western Command since 13 August 2014 at the height of the country’s fight for the West Philippine Sea concerns. He will be compulsorily retire from the military service on May 5.
“I salute my men detailed in Kalayaan Island Groups. Thank you for your vigilance and sacrifices. You are true defenders and modern patriots protecting our national sovereignty. Give him (Hermogino) your full trust and confidence,” Vice Admiral Lopez during his speech.
Prior to his assumption as acting ComWescom, BGen Hermogino was the deputy commander for operations of Wescom, upon completion of his successful stint as commander of the Philippine Marine Corp’s combat and service support brigade stationed in Zamboanga. He also assumed key staff positions in training, plans and programs, comptrollership, and intelligence in hqs phil marine corps. He also commanded marine battalion landing team 1 and became deputy brigade commander of the 1st marine brigade.
“Due to national and international repercussion, our situation is uncertain, be that as it may, we are mandated to ensure national security and sovereignty,” said the new ComWescom Brigadier General Hermogino.
(with excerpts from the Press Release of the Western Command Public Affairs Office)