By Francis Wakefield
The new Commander of the Army’s 104th Brigade/Joint Task Force Basilan formally assumed office in a change of command ceremony held at the Headquarters of the 104th Brigade in Camp Luis R. Biel II, Tabiawan, Isabela City, Basilan, on Friday.
Colonel Fernando M. Reyeg replaced Brigadier General Juvymax R. Uy who will assume as the Assistant Division Commander of the 6th Infantry Division.
In his assumption message, Reyeg expressed his gratitude to the AFP leadership for the trust and confidence they gave him.
He also took the chance to thank the AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. for his mentorship and guidance throughout his career in the AFP.
“As I assume command of this Brigade, I will work on sustaining the gains made by Brigadier General Uy in securing Basilan Province so that development will further take place,” Reyeg said.
In his message, Uy reckoned the accomplishments of the brigade under his leadership including the reduction of the Abu Sayyaf from a peak of more than 200 hundred of manpower and firearms to less than 40 by now.
“Today, Basilan has gained a lot through the joint collaborative effort based on the outlook and positive indicators by outsiders,” he said.
Reyeg is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1991 and hails from Daraga, Albay. He further enhanced his competencies by undergoing civilian and military schoolings here and abroad. He is also a recipient of various awards, badges, and letters of commendation, such as Gold Cross Medal, Marksmanship Badge, and Letter of Commendation from the City Mayor of Lamitan.
Prior to his current designation, Reyeg was the Chief of Unified Command Staff of the Western Mindanao Command.
The turnover ceremony was presided by 1st Infantry Division Commander Major General Roseller G. Murillo.
Murillo commended Brigadier General Uy for the outstanding performance and numerous accomplishments of the 104th Brigade under his leadership.
Addressing Colonel Reyeg, Murillo said, “Sabi nga ni John F. Kennedy, Peace-making is not just a 1-day activity. It is a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly activity. So for the rest of the stay of Colonel Reyeg here, he will be working for the peace in Basilan.”
Other guests who graced the ceremony were: the Local Chief Executives of Basilan led by Governor Jim Hataman-Saliman; officers and men of the Western Mindanao Command; and the family and friends of Brigadier General Uy and Colonel Reyeg.
Mementos were given to Brigadier General Juvymax Uy by the Local Chief Executives of Basilan as a sign of appreciation to his involvement in the peace and development of the province during his 18 months leadership on the 104th Brigade.