Major shake-up in Army’s elite units group
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana officiated the turn-over ceremonies in various positions within the elite units of the Philippine Army on Monday, January 8.
The change of command ceremonies for the Special Operations Command (Socom) was held at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province.
Lorenzana, a retired general, once headed the Socom himself.
Major General Ronnie Evangelista was appointed as the new Socom chief. Evangelista was the former commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service. He also served as deputy commander of the Easter Mindanao Command, before joining the Socom.
Evangelista replaced Lieutenant General Danilo Pamonag, who was transferred to the Southern Luzon Command (Solcom).
Major General Rene Glen Paje, meanwhile, was replaced by Colonel William Gonzales as commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment.
Pamonag and Paje both led the military operations in Marawi City which ended last October. They also received military merit medals for their services.
The Socom is the command that is responsible for planning, conducting, and supporting special operations for the Army. It also brings together all the elite units of the Army.
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