Army’s first combat team to train with US counterparts

“Let us always be reminded that we are duty bound to secure our country’s sovereignty and the integrity of our national territory,” Philippine Army commanding general Lieutenant General Macairog S. Alberto said during the activation ceremony of 1st Brigade Combat Team (1st BCT) in Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on December 15.

“Our ancestors had sacrifices their precious lives and we are now duty bound to sustain it and be the best exemplars of public service to meet the aspirations and expectations of the Filipino,” Lieutenant General Alberto added.

The 1st BCT will be training with United States military counterparts during the SALAKNIB and the AFP-US Balikatan Exercises to further develop its capability in terms of conducting combined arms operations and in preparation for its future employment.

Philippine Army’s 1st BCT is a deployable unit with right force-mix for conventional and/or unconventional warfare, disaster relief and rescue operations, and other non-traditional roles. It will be attached to the Nueva Ecija-based 7th Infantry Division and will be under tactical control of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) for consolidation and organizational training.

It will consist of two infantry and one mechanized battalions, maneuver support consists of specialized enablers such as field artillery and engineer combat battalions, reconnaissance company and units from signal, intelligence, civil-military operations, military police, explosive ordnance, CBRN (chemical biological radiological and nuclear), and sustainment components composed of a forward service support unit and a forward medical platoon.

“I know there will be challenges but I am very confident that this is the most perfect force-mix of combined arms in pursuit of our organizational transformation for us to be more relevant, effective and efficient formidable fighting force. We are gaining grounds but let us not be contended with it. We must continuously adopt on the constant state of today’s operational challenges,” Alberto noted.