Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) chief Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez and Philippine Navy Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST) Commodore Rommel Jason L. Galang during August 6 flag raising ceremony led the awarding of medals to sailors and Marines who were stationed in 9 Philippine-held islands and features in Kalayaan Island Group in West Philippine Sea.
Medals given were Military Merit Medal and KIG Campaign Medal and Ribbon. The ceremony was held at Headquarters WESCOM.
“Some of them were stationed for several months,” Lieutenant General Briguez said.
“They endured severe weather conditions in discomfort and isolation, and they successfully safeguarded our territories and personified what the constitution mandated us to be – protectors and defenders of our national territory,” he added.