Newly-trained, Marawi-tested battalion back to operational status

Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry “Always First” Battalion (1IB) under the 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division (2ID) completed its Battalion of Excellence (BOE) training program on March 5 and is now back on operational status.

The training program that started December 2017 culminated in a ceremonial graduation at Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.

2ID commanding general Major General Rhoderick Parayno said that the newly trained battalion will play a vital role in accomplishing the critical task of destroying the NPA terrorist in the soonest possible time. He added that the return of 1IB to operational status is timely due to recent acts of terrorism perpetrated by NPA particularly in CALABARZON area.

The 1IB was among the battalions deployed to Marawi City. 1IB also trained alongside with Australian counterparts on urban warfare.

“I am confident that you are now more than ready and prepared to crash and defeat the NPAs or any terrorist group that will attempt to wreck havoc in our country,” Major General Parayno said.

The BOE training program is the centerpiece of the Army’s capability development and improvement of organizational performance intended to develop the performance of infantry battalions in combat capacity.

It involved intelligence operations training, mortar gunnery, live fire on mortar and crew-served weapons, rifle marksmanship training, proper utilization and maintenance of communications, electronics and information equipment, physical fitness test, squad and platoon run, and field training exercises.