Maj. Gen. Coballes is new Wesmincom chief PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:38

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes Maj. Gen/ Noel A. Coballes as its new commander of Western Mindanao Command vice outgoing Chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo B. Ferrer who will retire on January 23.

Coballes currently serves as the commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army stationed in Camp Sang-An, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. He is a member of the PMA “Mapitagan” Class of 1980.

Lt. Col. Gamal S Hayudini, commander of the 4th CRG, CRSAFP said that the new Wesmincom  chief is more than competent to lead the troops in Western Mindanao as his first tour of duty was spent in the jungles of Mindanao to where he fearlessly led his troops in their fight against insurgents and lawless elements.  

AFP Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Jessie D. Dellosa said the AFP upholds its professionalism which has brought them into a more effective and competent military organization.

“We are likewise confident that Maj. Gen. Coballes is more than able to take charge of his new tasks and responsibilities as he embarks on a more sensitive position in the organization,” Hayudini said. “There is no such thing as permanent except change; change welcomes innovations and new opportunities”.

Coballes is a seasoned combat officer who began his military profession as platoon leader of Delta Company, 26IB, 4ID, PA and spent most of his career under First Scout Ranger Regiment where he was honed and tested as a highly potential junior officer. Among the command duties which Coballes held are: Group Commander of Task Group Panther, FSRR; Battalion Commander, 2nd SRBn; Commanding Officer of Philippine Battalion, Peacekeeping Force, United Nations Transition Assistance to East Timor; Commanding Officer of 105th Infantry Brigade used to be under 1ID; Commanding Officer of 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10ID; Regiment Commander of FSRR and General Officer in Charge of Special Operations Command.