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801st IB commander gets first star

MANILA, Jan. 30 — The commander of the 801st Infantry Brigade, a sub-unit of the 8th Infantry Division, was honored Wednesday for getting his first star (brigadier general's rank) Wednesday morning.

The ceremony honoring newly-promoted Brig. Gen. Romeo Lopez Labrador was at Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar.

Capt. Gene Orense, 8th Infantry Division spokesperson, said Labrado was instrumental in the successive declarations of 12 municipalities and one City of Eastern Samar as "manageable conflict-affected and ready for development areas."

Prior to his stint as head of the 801st Brigade, Labrador held among others, the following key command and staff positions or positions of major responsibility which include:

Battalion commander of 32nd Infantry Battalion at 1st Infantry Division; assistant chief of staff for education and training, G-8; and assistant chief of staff for operations, G-3 of 2nd Infantry Division; chief of staff of 4th Infantry Division, in Cagayan De Oro City; and chief of staff of 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan City.

Labrador is a recipient of military awards and decorations which include the Distinguished Service Star, Military Merit Medals, Military Commendation Medals, "Sagisag ng Ulirang Kawal", Long Service Medal and Letter of Commendations from various military commanders and civilian heads. (PNA)

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