By Francis Wakefield
Brig. General Alan R. Arrojado, Commander of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), retired from the military service at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Tuesday.
Arrojado was replaced by Brig. Gen. Abraham Claro C. Casis, Commander of the Army’s 703rd Infantry Brigade (703IBde), 7th Infantry Division (7th ID) during the Change of Command Ceremony.
Among Arrojado’s major accomplishments during his post as Commander of JTF-NCR, were the successful and peaceful conduct of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) 2018 wherein the Command supported the Philippine National Police (PNP) counterparts in the NCR during the May 14 polls; and the surrender of three former rebels on May 16, 2018 which led to the recovery of two M14 rifles, four M16A1 rifles, one upper receiver M16 rifle, one M653 a.k.a. baby armalite, ammunitions, and military and PNP uniforms at Sitio Kalbo, Barangay Disimungal, Nagtipunan, Quirino on May 19, 2018.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Casis, a native of Nueva Ecija, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985.
Casis, who takes the helm of the leadership of the JTF-NCR, is a seasoned combat officer who is experienced in different military operations being a scout ranger and a special forces operator. He held significant staff positions both in the Army and in the General Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines. He has good reputation in all his previous units.
Casis is a graduate of Master in Business Administration at Araullo University, Master of Arts in Eductaion at Bohol Institute of Technology, and International Relations Course at Foreign Service Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs.
He is a recipient of various military and civilian awards. He is also a recipient of Noble Peace Prize from the United Nations and Honor Graduate Award from the Command and General Staff College.