AITAA and AITAA Philippine Chapter are mighty proud to congratulate Lieutenant General Romeo S. Brawner, Jr. (SOM-MBA’99) on his new post as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He was accorded the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) for Public Service by AITAA during the 2014 Governing Board Meeting hosted by AITAA Philippine Chapter in Manila.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (Filipino: Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas) are the military forces of the Philippines. It consists of three main service branches; the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy (including the Marine Corps). The President of the Philippines is the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP and forms military policy with the Department of National Defense, an executive department acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out, while the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines serves as the overall commander and the highest-ranking officer in the AFP.
The Baguio-native Brawner graduated No. 2 in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Makatao” Class of 1989 and served in the military in various capacities for 34 years now. Brawner has acquired three Master’s Degrees: Master’s in Information Management from the Ateneo de Manila University; Master’s in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and from the European School of Management, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Master’s in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College (USAWC).
During his tenure in the military, Brawner held many titles. He became the company commander of the 6th Special Forces Company; battalion commander of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion; operations officer of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne); chief of staff of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division; chief of the Public Affairs of the Philippine Army; spokesperson of the AFP; commander of the Civil-Military Operations Regiment; and brigade Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade during the aftermath of the Marawi Siege in 2017.
Brawner also served as the commandant of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), playing an important role in the total eradication of hazing and maltreatment in the Cadet Corps. He later served as the first deputy chief of staff for Financial Management, J10 of the AFP. He also worked as commander of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, supervising the unit’s combat operations that led to the decisive neutralization of Jorge Madlos or “Ka Oris,” the commander of the National Operations Command of the New People’s Army.
Prior to his new appointment, Brawner was the commanding general of the Philippine Army since December 10, 2021.
“He exemplified the highest levels of excellence in his military schoolings, topping his classes in the Special Forces Operations Course, Intelligence Officer Course and the AFP Comptrollership Course,” Communications Secretary Garafil said.
On top of AITAA’s DAA, Brawner also received numerous awards and recognitions, including The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) in 2013 by the Metrobank Foundation and Rotary Club of Makati, and the Lapu-Lapu Award by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his valuable contributions in the neutralization of Abu Dar, the last of the original leaders of the Maute-ISIS faction.
In March this year, Brawner was inducted into the USAWC International Fellows Hall of Fame in recognition of his service at the highest command position in the Philippine Army. Brawner was also conferred the Legion of Merit – Degree of Commander in recognition of his exceptionally meritorious service as the Commanding General, Philippine Army, particularly in ensuring that the Philippine Army remains trained, ready, and postured for all missions.