Sabado, Hulyo 28, 2018

Generals reacted on my West Point’s column


BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


I was amused to see that some generals probably retired and active who were mostly alumni of the elite Philippine Military Academy have passionate intellectual conversations cum posts on my column’s Filipino Cadets Bare Sad Plights at West Point I posted at the community page of social media’s Face Book SAF: Medal of Valor Awardees.
The post was about a cadet at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York City who deplored his and his fellow cadet’s financial plights there.
That grumbling had been accentuated by a Filipino cadet from a military academy in South Korea who narrated their lamentable financial state there.
I will just quote the excerpts of the main complaints of the cadets in West Point and in South Korea for brevity so you can go to the comments of these star ranks.
But if you want to read the whole story you can click here and return to this blog for those informative comments from the generals.
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Filipino Generals

PINOY CADET IN WEST POINT: USMA Second Class Cadet Jesson Peñaflor said that he and his co- West Point, New York based cadet have to pay each $2,000 (P105, 270.00) their education and training supplies and equipment at USMA before they trudge their four years military and academic courses”.
 “Since West Point has not accepted a Filipino cadet for two years in a row now. I just hope that at the next time West Point does (accepts another Filipino) the government could just help with a plane ticket for a vacation even just once in all his four years, sir,” Peñaflor retorted.

Linggo, Hulyo 1, 2018

Ph Town honors its West Pointer


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

When a young Army First Lieutenant learned that I came from M’lang, Cotabato Province, he told his fellow officers who worked at the Tactics Office of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City in the late 1980s that the people there were dazzled  by a four digits military name tag sewed on the left breast part of their fatigue or khaki uniform.
For example:      Regla, JC
                         2LT  O-4321
(Note: "O" stands for Officer then the four digits)
“Iba doon bok, big deal sa kanila ang four-digit (Its different there classmate, four-digit was a big deal for them),” he quipped to fellow officers who are now mostly retired generals.
Many Muslim mayors there would doff their hat when they saw a four digits battle weary Army Captain and his battle scarred soldiers who entered his village while chasing the rebels,” one of them retorted.

What’s the magic of the four digits that the knowledgeable, the machos, and the wide-eyed made a big fuss in Mindanao?
The four digits showed primorldially that the officer is a frigging graduate of the elite Philippine Military Academy and not some graduates of FEU or Faaralang Elementarya ng Ulongapo and PAMMA or Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy who took an ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) course under the tutelage of inferior reserve military instructors and became a military official.
The four digits whose members were and are mostly graduates (some are non-PMYers but members of the regular force they derisively called “Sundalong Kanin (Rice Soldiers) like doctors) from the Long Gray Line in Barangay Kias, Fort del Pilar in Baguio City means not only being an officer and a gentleman but epitomize youth, vitality, and wisdom.
 When a son of a poor farmer, a businessman, a public school teacher, or a sergeant passed the tough PMA entrance examination that emphasized on mathematics, hurdled the three months beast barracks training at Camp Aquino in then Tarlac town (where I worked as a clerk there when it folded in 1989) and Fort del Pilar, and survived the almost four years (more if the cadet became a turn-back or repeater because of academics deficiency) rigorous academics and regimental trainings, folks in our town, overawed son of a gun, would talk highly about the cadet or the officer.

HAILED  - U.S Army 2Lt. EliEichenberger, center, poses with the members of the Philippines National Police based in M'lang, Cotabato Province.

WEST POINTER