Monday, April 26, 2010

Indonesia honors Vice Admiral Golez

Manila Bulletin, Wednesday, 20 January 2010

The Republic of Indonesia conferred the Bintang
Jalasena Utama(Indonesian Navy Star: 1st Class) to
Vice Admiral Ferdinand S. Golez,Flag Officer
In Command Philippine Navy on Nov. 16, 2009 in
Jakarta, Indonesia.

During the investiture ceremony held at the
Indonesian National Forces Headquarters at Cilangkap,
Gen Djoko Santoso, Commander In Chief, Indonesian
National Defense Forces awarded the medal to Vice Admiral
Golez before the top brass of the Indonesian and
Philippine Navies that included Vice Admiral Agus
Suhartono, Chief of Naval Staff of the Indonesian Navy;
Commodore Eriberto Suria Jr.,Commander, Naval Forces
Eastern Mindanao; and Captain Rafel Mariano
PN (GSC), Defense Armed Forces Attache to Indonesia.

In the citation signed by Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on August 27, 2009,
Vice Admiral Golez was cited for his "invaluable services
rendered in the improvement and strengthening of a
good joint cooperation with the government of the
Republic of Indonesia in general, and National
Military Navy of both countries in particular."

The award is a fitting recognition of Vice Admiral
Golez's unrelenting efforts in improving relations
between Indonesia and the Philippines. As the then
Commander of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao from
2006-2007,Vice Admiral Golez was the Vice Chair
and Head of Delegation, respectively of the RP Panel to the
Philippines-Indonesia Border Committee Conference
on two occasions.

As the Commanding Officer of BRP Miguel Malvar (PS 19),
Vice Admiral Golez contributed to the successful conduct of the
Philippine Navy ASEAN Training Cruise in 1994
visiting four countries, including Indonesia.

"The Philippines and Indonesia who both share a
common vision of peace and security in the ASEAN
region annually participate in naval exercises.
In August this year, the Philippine Navy's BRP Quezon
PS70) participated in the Indonesian Fleet Review
in Manado as part of the 64th Independence Day celebration
of Indonesia.

The Bintang Jalasena Utama is conferred by the
Indonesian President to the Indonesian Navy,
civilians,and foreign nationals based on the
following:ability, dedication,
prudence, merit, braveness, and perseverance. It is
issued with a presidential decree based on the
proposal from the Commandant of the Indonesian Navy
through the Ministry of Defense, and given to an awardee
along with a charter.

Golez has devoted 37 in the naval service. The seasoned
sailor who has successfully commanded three ships
of the Philippine Navy, is a recipient of various wards
and commendations.

Previous recipients of the Bintang Jalasena Utama
include Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt Jr., the
youngest to serve as chief of naval operations
of the US Navy, and Admiral Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abu
Bakar bin Abdul Jamal, the chief and the
first four-star admiral of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

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