FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Major General Eduardo M Año is installed as the new Army Chief in a Change of Command Ceremony presided by His Excellency President Benigno S Aquino III at Headquarters Philippine Army on July 15, Wednesday.
MGEN Año assumed as the 57th Commanding General of the Philippine Army, replacing LTGEN Hernando DCA Iriberri who was recently appointed as the Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines.
A native of San Mateo, Rizal, MGEN Año, 53, is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983 where he graduated cum laude.
A seasoned combat and intelligence officer, MGEN Año started his military career in Mindanao under the 4th Infantry Division and later on occupied significant positions in the intelligence community.
He commanded the 76th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division and the 201st Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which was adjudged as the Best Brigade in the whole of Southern Luzon Command’s area of responsibility during his time.
Among his significant positions in the field of intelligence were as Group Commander of the Intelligence and Security Group of the Philippine Army; Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2, Philippine Army; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, AJ2, AFP; and Chief of the Intelligence Service Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Prior to his designation as Army Chief, he was the Commander of the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.
MGEN Año is known to have topped all his military career courses: the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Advance Courses, and the Command General Staff Course. He also landed on top of his class, earning a rating of 100%, when he took his International Intelligence Officer Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA. In 2002, he also completed his Counter Terrorism Course at Israel Counter Terrorism Center, Israel.
Meanwhile, upon graduation from the PMA, he took up the Scout Ranger Course and later the Rural Tradecraft Course, in preparation for his field assignment and intelligence posting.
Thirty five years in active military service earned him numerous awards and decorations, including two Distinguished Service Stars, Gold Cross medal, Silver Cross Medal, 24 Bronze Cross medals, and several Military Merit Medals, Commendations, and Command Plaques. He was also recognized as Outstanding PMA Alumnus in the field of Army operations in 1996.
MGEN Año is married to Ms Jean Joselyn Maria R Dioso, and they are blessed with two sons and two daughters.
He is set to retire on October 26, 2017.