FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – New Commanders took over the Civil Military Operations Battalion (CMO Bn) and the Division Training School (DTS) of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army today, in a Joint Change of Command Ceremony held at the Kaugnay Officers’ Club House at 10:00 a.m.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jose Ambrocio F. Rustia, was replaced by LTC Michael B. Bautista as Acting DTS Commandant; while LTC Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV took-over from LTC Eugene M. Villaluz as Acting Commanding Officer of the CMO Bn.
LTC Rustia thanked all DTS personnel for their camaraderie and friendship, and said that he stood by every word he had uttered meant to instill discipline and motivate the whole DTS. For his part, LTC Bautista thanked the 7ID senior officers of 7ID for the trust and opportunity given to him to lead the DTS. He also asked all DTS personnel to support and achieve the endeavors of the unit.
As LTC Villaluz relinquished his command of the CMO, he stated that the CMO contributes to the ultimate defeat of the enemy without firing a gun. It was during his stint as CMO Commanding Officer that the Guerilla Theater Arts Group (GTAG) was reactivated. The GTAG is highly instrumental in delivering the message of the Philippine Army to the youth sector and the local communities through the use of theater arts.
In his message, Acting CMO Commanding Officer LTC Osias IV proposed that the CMO should work closely with the other units of the Kaugnay Division, to be more relevant in their contribution to the 7ID mission.
With reliable and time-tested Army officers taking-over the important units of 7ID, Major General Felimon T. Santos, Jr., 7ID Commander, said that he is confident that all gains of the units will be sustained and will be further improved upon. He likewise thanked the outgoing officers for giving their best during their leadership within their respective units.
The 7th Division Training School is where all new soldier recruits of 7ID are trained and educated to think and act as a soldier; while the 7th Civil Military Operations Battalion handles all military-civilian activities and relevant Community Support Programs (CSP), bringing the Army closer to the people.