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3rd Army Training Group

The 3rd Army Training Group (3ATG) traces its roots at a period when the Philippine Army School Center Extension School (PASCE), 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) was formed as part of the Army-Wide Support School, Philippine Army School Center. The unit was established on January 1, 1974 at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City along with other PASC Extension units of the Infantry Divisions, Infantry Brigades (Separate), and Engineer Brigades. These activation of units is in compliance to the Letter Directive of Headquarters, Philippine Army dated November 20, 1973, and pursuant to GO No. 34 dated January 2, 1974. The Group was tasked to conduct career and specialization courses to all Army units in the Visayas region and to provide the best standard of learning for Non-Commissioned Officers advancement. Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio B. Bas was the first field director of 3ATG that in September 1976, he was succeeded by Major Noli R. Gasendo. During his (Bas) time, the unit was renamed to Army Training Group (3ID) as a result of the activation of TRACOM from PASC. On January 23, 1976 the Group was succeeded by Major Rolando S. Bautista. It was during his tenure that the unit had earned the prestige as a "high calibre trainingnstitution" because of the accelerated completion of several school buildings that were necessary in supporting the growing training-essential requirements of the unit. However, in August 1986, the unit was deactivated to conform with the Army's restructuring and reorganization program. Some of the personnel of the unit were absorbed by the 3ID and the rest were assigned to different PA units. On November 1, 1988 the unit was reactivated pursuant to GO No. 512 to decentralize TRACOM at Ft. Magsaysay. The move to bring back the unit to the training mainstream was found to have effectively served the students from Visayas and Mindanao. This time, the unit was named 3rd Army Training Group (3ATG) with Col. Domingo C. Decio as the acting Commanding Officer with one enlisted personnel. Finally, on April 2001 the 3ATG found its permanent home at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City. Since then, 3ATG evolved as a more capable training unit for the Visayas Region. Succeeding commanders made improvements on the Group's training facilities that made the unit as one of the premier training schools of TRADOC, PA.

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