Civil Military Operations Group Has New Commander
FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Civil Military Operations Group (CMOG) welcomes its new Commander with the assumption of command by Col Cirilito E Sobejana on Tuesday, July 17, a military official said.
Major Harold M Cabunoc, Army spokesperson said that Sobejana replaces Col Felimon T Santos Jr who is assuming command of the Intelligence Service Group (ISG).
Sobejana, a member of PMA class ’87, is one of the recipients of the Medal of Valor Award, the highest recognition given to soldiers who have distinguished themselves in combat by showing gallantry in the face of life and death.
He was conferred with the award in 1995 when in an encounter with about 150 Abu Sayyaf rebels in Sitio Caro, Barangay Lower Kapayawan, Isabela Basilan on January 13, he lead his troop as Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Scout Ranger Company, First Scout Ranger Regiment in a four-hour intense fire-fighting.
Hours after the firefight commenced, his troop has become outnumbered and incurred casualties. He sustained two bullet wounds which almost severed his right arm but continuously stood his ground with all fire directions still in control. He even maneuvered around, exposing himself to enemy fire to direct the encounter.
Sobejana is also known for excellence in non-combat efforts. In 2010, as CO of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, he engages the public to be knowledgeable on the horrible effect of landmine explosion.
Now, he is about to triumph over another challenge, of leading the Civil-Military Operations of the Army. If combat is utterly difficult, community works and partnering with civilian organizations are equally challenging.
It will test not only one’s patience, but also the creativity of a leader to bring the military and the civilians in perfect harmony towards achieving the goals of genuine Bayanihan.
Meanwhile, Santos is a member of the PMA class ’86. As well, he is a member of the 1st Philippine Contingent to the United Nation Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) where he was conferred with the UN Service Medal.
He has also served as Executive Assistant to the Commanding General of Philippine Army from 2008-2009 and Head Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 2009 before becoming the Group Commander of CMOG in 2011.
CMOG is the Army’s arm in conducting non-combat activities engaging civil communities and organizations. They are tapped by public schools for their maintenance programs particularly in electrical, carpentry and construction works.
CMOG also responds in disaster relief operations, medical and dental missions, livelihood projects and trainings and other community outreach programs.
Its mission is to produce and sustain a corps of CMO professionals capable of strengthening the soldier’s will to fight, gaining popular support and weakening enemies’ will to resist under the most demanding operational conditions.