New commandant vows to turn Marine Corps more mission-ready

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Major General Nathaniel Y. Casem, the new commandant of Philippine Marine Corps, has vowed to make the corps more mission ready.

“Our archipelagic nation deserves no less than a “Mission-Ready” Marine Corps. We, along with our brothers in the [Armed Forces of the Philippines], are in the middle of modernizing our warfighting capabilities, it would be for the best interest of our shared social values with our stakeholders that such should be done in the most efficient and effective manner,” Major General Casem said during the change-of-command ceremony on October 14 at Acero Hall, Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Major General Casem took over the Marine Corps leadership from Major General Alvin A. Parreño.

“After the institutionalization of our Marine Corps Ethos, we shall continue to uphold our collective desire to develop and sustain discipline within our ranks and pursue developing the character and warfighting spirit of our Marines,” Casem added.

Prior to becoming the 32nd commandant of Marines, he was the Naval Inspector General of the Philippine Navy for 15 months. Casem is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1987.