Retired Colonel Gerardo Cap-atan received awards for his meritorious service and invaluable performance of duty as the Command Adjutant of the Western Mindanao Command during the flag-raising ceremony held at the headquarters this morning (January 14).
Pursuant to General Orders No. 1519 dated December 21, 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Cap-atan is optionally retired after having completed more than 32 years of active service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines from May 16, 1986 to November 30, 2018.
“Exactly 32 years, six months, and twenty days has passed when I officially wore the military uniform and its paraphernalia. Within that span of years, I acquired various experiences, overcame different challenges, and retained good and bad memories in life,” said retired Colonel Cap-atan, in his valedictory speech.
“Sabi nga nila, ‘Keep the fire burning.’ Regardless of the uncertainty, conquer the fear of the unknown. Life must go on because every second counts. I will not and never surrender my moral responsibility as a family man or as a good husband of my wife and a good father of my three children,” added retired Colonel Cap-atan.
Colonel Leonardo I. Peña, the WestMinCom’s Chief of Unified Command Staff, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Command Plaque to Lieutenant Colonel Cap-atan for his meritorious service as the Command Adjutant from May 23 to November 30, 2018.
The WestMincom also awarded the Plaque of Appreciation to Colonel Cap-atan’s wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Cap-atan, represented by their son, Toffee, during the flag-raising ceremony held in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City at 7am today.