Issue of February 12, 2017

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Baguio boy is 49th Army chief, joins ranks of 2–star officers
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PRIDE OF BAGUIO --  M/Gen. Robert Musni Arevalo is shown here after taking his Oath before President Rodrigo Duterte. He is joined by his parents Col. Filoteo S. Arevalo (ret.) and Norma M. Arevalo and siblings Col. Benedict M. Arevalo and Col. Armand M. Arevalo. -- Contributed photo



Another Baguio boy joined the roster of elite military officers conferred the two-star rank by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Newly promoted Major Gen. Robert Musni Arevalo, who belongs to Class “Sandiwa” 1985 of the Philippine Military Academy, is now second in command as the 49th Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army.  

All his civilian life, Robert or Balong as he is referred to by his siblings and at the Academy, lived and studied in Baguio, finishing his high school at the Saint Louis Boys High School.

The Arevalos hold the record of having six graduates at the PMA. Balong’s father Filoteo is a member of PMA Class ‘56 while his siblings Alexander, Filoteo, Benedict, and Armand are members of PMA Class of 1982, 1984, 1989, and 1990, respectively.

The promoted officer graduated number seven in his class with an academic distinction of Cum  Laude, and  thereafter, the namesake of the actor saw combat in the hills of Negros Islands and Iloilo as a tough, thinking newly minted second lieutenant. 

In 1994, he was recognized by his alma mater as “officer of the year” for his outstanding achievement, performance character, and personal traits. He repeated the feat in 1998 at the Training and Doctrine Command. 

Back in Baguio, he was assigned as Tactical Officer at the PMA and burned the midnight candle taking up Masters in Business Management at the Asian Institute of Management and Masters in Business Administration at the Philippine Christian University.

The shift in his military career with the Armed Forces of the Philippines started when he graduated on top of his Quartermaster Officer Basic Course and the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course at Fort Lee, Virginia, USA. 

He attended his Command and General Staff Course, again obtaining academic honors.

He then held various command and staff positions at the AFP as Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, G4, PA; Commanding Officer, PA Procurement Center; Commanding Officer, 6th Forward Service Support Unit, Army Support Command; Chief, Fiscal Operations Division, Management Fiscal Office, General Headquarters; Logistics and Financial Management Staff of the Training and Doctrine Command.

Prior to his assumption as Army Chief of Staff, he was the 35th Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group of the Philippine Army responsible for the overall security and maintenance of the 103-hectare retention area of the Army headquarters at Fort Bonifacio, as well as the conduct of military ceremonies, other related special operations, and recreational activities inside the camp. 

The low-key officer received the Distinguished Service Star, Bronze Cross Medal, outstanding achievement medals, military merit medals, military commendation medals; and numerous campaign medals, ribbons, plaques, and commendations. 

A seasoned logistician and bemedalled officer, he was chosen by his mistahs as President of the PMA Alumni Association a few years back.

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