LIEUTENANT General Roberto Ancan, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP's) Central Command, led the wreath-laying ceremony and awarding of gold cross medals to enlisted personnel of 11th Infantry (Lapu-Lapu) Battalion (11IB) at Headquarters 11IB, Barangay Salag, Siaton, Negros Oriental on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
The gold cross medals were awarded to four enlisted soldiers for their gallantry in accomplishing the unit’s mission of protecting the Negrenses and bringing peace and development in its area of operation.
A Plaque of Kapayapaan was also given by Central Command to 11IB and 302nd BDE for successfully dismantling the Southeast Front of Komiteng Rehiyon Negros Cebu Bohol Siquijor.
Ancan also bestowed the Central Command streamer to 11IB for the exemplary performance that significantly contributed to the attainment of the mission of the Central Command.
During the activity, retired soldiers were likewise recognized by the 11IB for their contribution in putting the unit on the pedestal of success.
Ancan is a former member of 11IB and is considered a true Lapu-Lapu warrior. As a young lieutenant, he served as an executive officer of headquarters and headquarters company of 11IB in 1988 and executive officer/platoon leader of Delta Company 11IB in 1989. He also served as the commanding officer of Charlie Company 11IB from 1990 to 1991.
“This battalion is where I started my military service; thus, I feel privileged to go back and reminisce the years of service fighting for humanity. As it is said, a thousand journeys begin with the first step. I have traveled long and far in the armed forces and thankful for where I have been because of the foundation that was built in me by the 11th Infantry Battalion. I take pride in the unit in all its accomplishments, for it showcases how to be a true Lapu-Lapu warrior,” Ancan said.