PASIG CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- Brigadier General Rodolfo B. Lavadia Jr. bowed out from the military service and relinquished his position as Commander of the General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command on Friday, Dec. 4.
The Vice Chief of Staff, AFP Lieutenant General Erickson R. Gloria presided over the Change of Command with Retirement Ceremonies held at the AFP Commissioned Officers Country.
In a recorded message, the AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert I. Gapay praised the outgoing Commander, GHQ HSC.
"Being able to serve in different parts of our country, confronting different faces of insurgencies and terrorism, BGen. Lavadia Jr., understands very well the plight of our soldiers. As a previous Commanding General of the Philippine Army, I can personally attest that Rudy is a capable commander worthy of our praise and utmost respect," Gapay said.
Lavadia previously held positions such as Deputy Brigade Commander of the 701st Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and Assistant Division Commander of the 10th Infantry Division, PA. He belongs to the Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.
He continuously excelled during his final assignment as the Commander of the AFP GHQ HSC.
Under Lavadia's leadership, the command played an important role in GHQ operations particularly during this time of pandemic.
He had the composure to respond to the unprecedented health crisis and has set the standard for a stern yet compassionate commander who looks after the welfare of the AFP personnel.
Colonel George Joel Lalaquil will now take over the said position. He was the former Officer-in-Charge of the 201st Brigade.
As the outgoing Commander, GHQ HSC, Lavadia was accorded with awards and recognition in honor of his contributions to the service.
"Your achievements as a soldier and a leader greatly helped our organization in accomplishing its missions. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is truly proud of you and will always be grateful for the outstanding service that you have rendered for our organization and the whole nation," Gapay said. (PIA NCR)