PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has named Rear Admiral Jesus Millan as the Philippine Navy’s new Flag Officer in Command, replacing Vice Admiral Jose Luis M. Alano.
Alano will have reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 on May 1 but decided to step down on Tuesday.
Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said Alano’s decision prompted the Navy to hold turnover of command also on Tuesday.
Millan, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982, served the AFP in different administrative and operational capacities.
He is currently the commander of the Naval Forces in Western Mindanao and was the former chief of Naval Staff and commander of the Naval Reserve Command.
Millan is a recipient of various military awards, including the Distinguished Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Star and Bronze Cross medals.