Beng lauds Gador, welcomes Millan at NavForWeM change of guard rites PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:29

Mayor Beng Climaco has thanked outgoing Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NavForWeM) command Chief Rear Admiral Isabelo H. Gador for a job well done as she also welcomed to Zamboanga City the latter’s successor, Rear Admiral Jesus C. Millan.

Mayor Climaco had a chance to meet and exchange pleasantries with the two navy officers together with the Philippine Navy’s Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Jose Luis M. Alano during a reception at the Navy Officers Club after the change of command ceremonies yesterday morning.

In his speech, Rear Admiral Gador described his eight-month stint at NavForWeM command as a challenge that he together with the sailors and the marines had passed with flying colors.

“Together, we sailed smoothly even during tumultuous times. And I am proud to have worked side by side with focused teams of sailors and marines,” Gador said, stressing that serving the command for him was more than a privilege. “It was an honor as well.”

He acknowledged his successor, Rear Admiral Millan, as a visionary leader and a veteran in the naval field of operations, having been assigned at NavForWeM as deputy commander three years ago.

For his part, Millan vowed to continue the good programs that his predecessor had started, and committed himself to addressing the challenges, and finding out which one is relevant to the success of the command’s operations.

He likewise vowed to enhance the capability of his personnel in maritime operations in synergy with other units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) in particular.

“We will do some enhancements, and in the spirit of Bayanihan, we believe we can do more,” Rear Admiral Millan pointed out in addressing the naval sailors and marines. — Vic Larato