In every military battle, the most important component behind the scene is sustainment. Sustainment units ensured the availability of various supplies ranging from ammunition, force protection equipment, food, clothing, and other mission essential supplies and equipment for our operating units. It also ensured that our wounded were treated accordingly and machines and other equipment used during the crisis were kept in good shape.
Initially, we faced challenges when it came to sustainment in terms of materiel and equipment. Nonetheless, these gaps were overcome with our adaptability. The Support Group of the 1ID, under the supervision of Col Allan Hambala, Chief of Staff, 1ID orchestrated our initial sustainment efforts by providing transportation, supplies, and logistical runs to ensure that our troops were given sustenance and support. Leading this effort was the Headquarters, PA headed by the Commanding General, Lt Gen Glorioso Miranda, the Vice Commander, MGen Harold Cabreros, the Chief of Staff, BGen Robert Arevalo, and their staff; and the Army Support Command led by MGen Elmer Pabale.
The service rendered by our combat medics and surgeons was noteworthy. They were located in areas that were in close proximity to the engaged troops. With their help, a triage was established to classify patients according to the severity of their injuries. They attended to troopers whose casualties were most in need of critical care. The immediate care they received helped ensure the survivability of the wounded. Those in need of further treatment were evacuated to the appropriate medical facilities. Troops suffering from minor wounds voiced their desire to return to their units and rejoin their comrades and buddies in the fight.
We are grateful for the logistics, medical, personnel, and community support extended to us by the Army’s 4ID, headed by MGen Benjie Madrigal, and all the medical personnel of the Camp Evangelista Station Hospital, where our wounded were treated.
Likewise, our coordination and partnership with volunteer medical professionals and private hospitals in the nearby cities, towns, and municipalities paved the way for treating our other wounded personnel. This partnership with the private hospitals led to the arrest of some wounded enemy fighters who escaped the fighting in the City of Marawi.
Our effective and outstanding sustainment enabled the fighting forces in Marawi City to maintain an offensive stance against the enemy, leading to their eventual defeat and the liberation of the City of Marawi.
(This entry is part of Chapter 2: Marawi Crisis.)