The 202nd Unifier Brigade celebrated its 8th year anniversary with simple cocktails held at their headquarters in Brgy. Antipolo, Rizal, Laguna last night.
Col. Leo Baladad, the commanding officer led the celebration supported by his deputy Col. Ivan Samarita, Maj. Louie Villanueva, Capt. Earl Panganiban, Capt. Corbus, Capt Gene Orence, 1st Lt. Gilbert Pimentel, Lt. Nenet Omandam and Lt. Lea Ansino, attended by loyal friends from media.
Baladad recalled the heroism of the officers and men under the brigade when it lost seven soldiers during rescue mission at the height of typhoon Ondoy. It became the turning point for the people to know that the government is doing everything during the calamity.
Recently it captured 43 personalities suspected to be NPA, neutralized 62 partisans along with 45 high powered firearms, improvised bombs and ammunitions, from different provinces of Calabarzon region.
The combat battalions that composed 202 Bde are 16th IB, 59th IB, 1st IB, 4 LAB and Philippine Air Force 740th Combat group and 730th Combat group.
202 Brigade started at Brgy. Kapatulan, Siniloan, Laguna under Col. Jaime Buenaflor before it transferred in Rizal, Laguna under Col. Roland Detabali, where he was succeded by Col. Jorge V. Segovia, followed by Col. Tristan Kison. All these officers eventually became generals in the AFP.
Quick transitions were passed on from Col Virgilio Espinili and OIC Col. Bobby S. Calleja to Col Baladad on August 2009.(Tribune Post)