Colonel Raul Caldez assumed command of the Combat Service and Support Brigade, Philippine Marine Corps in a ceremony held in Zamboanga City today (December 28).
Brigadier General Ariel Caculitan relinquished command of the CSSB to Colonel Caldez, the then deputy commandant of the brigade, during the change-of-command ceremony graced by Major General Alvin Parreño, the PMC Commandant.
Major General Parreño conferred the Military Merit Medal on Brigadier General Caculitan for “eminently and meritorious and valuable services rendered in a position of major responsibility as commander of the CSSB from September 19, 2017 to December 28, 2018.”
During the stint of Brigadier General Caculitan, the CSSB was able to provide combat and service support capabilities on a 24/7 basis to frontline units covering the areas of Sultan Kudarat, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan, Sulu, Zamboanga, and Cagayan Province.
During the said ceremony, Major General Parreño activated the 84th Inshore Boat Company and the 85th Maintenance Company of the Inshore Boat Battalion.
The 84th IBC will support the Rifle Brigade and its attached unit in the conduct of amphibious raid, riverine operations, maritime security patrols, and reconnaissance.
The 85th MC is capable of intermediate maintenance of ground and surface assets organic to the battalions and of intermediate maintenance of facilities and equipment of the Combat Assault Craft Battalion.
The turnover was held in Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city at around 2pm today.
Brigadier General Caculitan assumed as the deputy commandant of the PMC.