ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) on Wednesday tendered full military honors to the outgoing commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem).
Newly-promoted Vice Admiral Rene Medina is set to relinquish his post Thursday as Navforwem commander in a ceremony set to be held at the Tangan Gymnasium of the Romulo Espaldon Naval Station here.
Rear Adm. Erick Kagaoan, chief of Naval Staff of the Philippine Navy, will replace Medina who has been reassigned as the 32nd commander of the Western Command (Westcom) based in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Medina was welcomed by the officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees of Westmincom in his exit visit Wednesday to the command.
He was then received by Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Westmincom deputy for operations, and the command staff at the Laong-Laan Hall in Camp Don Basilio Navarro here.
Medina, who hails from Siraway, Zamboanga del Norte, is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Western Mindanao Command for the continued support to the Naval Forces Western Mindanao that led to the enormous accomplishments of our unit,” Medina said.
The Navforwem, the largest naval operating force of the Philippine Navy, defends the Western Mindanao frontier.
Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, Westmincom chief, congratulated Medina on his “well-deserved promotion” and “new designation” on behalf of the men and women of the Westmincom. (PNA)