Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Combat Leader’s Knife Formally Handed-over to Deserving NCOs of 7ID
FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – The 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division headed by MGEN HERNANDO DCA IRIBERRI AFP formally bestowed the Combat Leaders Knife (CLK) to deserving Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of 7ID during the Monday flag raising, today (February 03, 2014).
Being the backbone of the Philippine Army, capacitating and empowering the NCOs to handle the daily grind of their respective units of offices administrative and operational functions has been among the ARMYs top priorities. The Combat Leader’s Knife (CLK) is an emblematic symbol of an NCO carrying exemplary leadership qualities with attitude to seek, absorb and accept responsibility to make his/her unit in the frontline more effective and more efficient.
The NCO Empowerment System is the process by which the organization enhances the capacity of the individual soldier or unit in decision-making and transforming these decision-making outputs into desired actions or outcomes. Its primary objectives are to empower and encourage NCOs to take a more proactive role in running their unit’s affairs and to develop their job competences by making them understand and internalize their leadership roles, especially in the Philippine Army major units.
Recipients of the much coveted Combat Leader’s Knife were Chief Master Sergeant Elpidio V. Calugay, Command Sergeant Major; and other Sergeant Major on line units namely; Master Sergeant Antonio F. Cura of 3rd Infantry Battalion; Master Sergeant Dionisio C Cameros of 24th IB; Master Sergeant Usodan M. Benasing of 48IB; Master Sergeant Joselito S Sotomil of 56th IB; Master Sergeant Rolando L. Cortez of 70IB; and Master Sergent Henry G. Claudio of 81IB.
Besides the handing-over of CLKs, the Command also honored Master Sergeants Nilo A Trucilla of 70th IB, who is retiring compulsory on February 16, 2014 after almost 35 years of active service. He was given a Command Plaque in recognition of his utmost dedication and invaluable service rendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines since April 1, 1979.
“To the awardees of Combat Leaders Knife, you should wear it with pride; because not all NCOs have the chance to wear it. That Combat Leader’s Knife is not only an accessory in your uniform, but a symbol of your exemplary performance. May you continue to excel and seek perfection in your chosen field and continue to bring pride to your respective units and the AFP.” The Commander said.
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