The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) began the year with a grand tradition, holding their annual New Year’s Call on January 12, 2024. The ceremony, coordinated by Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. and AFP Chief of Staff General Romeo Brawner Jr., brought together defense leaders, high-ranking officers, and distinguished visitors to lay the groundwork for a year of togetherness, contemplation, and dedication.

The Joint DND-AFP Traditional New Year’s Call is a time-honored practice that represents the military’s close ties with its commanders. This gathering is more than a formal meet-and-greet; it demonstrates the defense department’s and the armed forces’ commitment to the nation. Senior Military Assistants to the President, Civilian Officials from the SND and GHQ, Foreign Armed Forces Attaches, Presidents of Financial Institutions, AFP, and Major Services Sergeants Major, along with their spouses, attended the event, fostering a sense of unity and fellowship.

During the New Year’s Call, Secretary Teodoro Jr. and General Brawner Jr. took advantage of the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s successes. It served as a showcase for the organizations’ achievements, reinforcing their commitment to the flag and the country. Furthermore, the event provided a forum for top defense and military leaders to express their goals and directions for the coming year, laying the groundwork for the challenges and triumphs that lay ahead.

Separately, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) held their New Year’s Call on January 11, 2024, attended by military personnel such as PAF Unit Commanders, Senior Officers, and Foreign Armed Forces Attaches, among others.

The New Year’s Call is especially significant for the military, since it fosters a sense of unity, esprit de corps, and camaraderie among the ranks. It is an opportunity for commanders to show gratitude for their accomplishments over the previous year and reaffirm their commitment to the flag and country. The PAF celebration included a number of acts, displaying the abilities of its employees and providing a lively touch to the festivities.
With a remarkable record of accomplishments in the previous year, the PAF is ready to continue serving God, country, and people in 2024. The New Year’s Call serves as a sobering reminder that, regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, the armed forces are prepared to carry out their duties with unwavering determination.

The echoes of the New Year’s Call resound through the ranks of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, signaling not only the start of a new year but also a commitment—a pledge to protect, uphold, and serve the nation with bravery and integrity. (PR)