Army’s 5th ID installs new commander


GAMU, Isabela: Brig. Gen. Paul Atal took his post as the new commander of the 5th Infantry “Star” Division (5th ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) during a simple change of command ceremony at Camp Melchor dela Cruz here. Maj. Gen. Rodolfo Demosthenes Santillan, PA vice commander, presided over the turnover. Atal replaced Maj. Gen. Lysander Suerte. Before his new assignment, he served as assistant commander of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division in Mindanao. A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Maharlika Class 1984, Atal vowed to continue the programs and projects of the Command in consonance with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Internal Peace and Security Plan. He urged the personnel of the 5ID Command to take the initiative and make themselves professionally competent in their respective duties to serve the people.


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