AFP General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command

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AFP General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command
Comando del Guarnicion General y Servicios del Cuartel General de las Fuerzas Armadas del Filipinas
General Headquarters & Headquarters Service Command.jpg
Command Seal of the AFP General Headquarters & Headquarters Service Command
Active 1 July 1957 - Present
Country Philippines Philippines
Allegiance Philippines Republic of the Philippines
Branch Joint Service Branch
Type Headquarters Support Unit
Role Combat Support, Headquarters Support
Size 1,000+ Military Personnel
Part of Under the Armed Forces of the Philippines
Garrison/HQ Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Nickname(s) GHQ, Headquarters Command
Anniversaries 1 July
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines) Streamer.png
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Commanders
Current
commander
US-O7 insignia.svg BGen Arthur Ang AFP[1]
Command Sergeant Major Philippine Army Chief Master Sergeant Rank Insignia (Designated Command Sergeant Major).jpg CMS Godofredo Mayor (Inf) PA
Notable
commanders
  • Major Mariano N. Castañeda PC
  • Brigadier General Angel Atutubo AFP
  • Brigadier General Remegio De Vera AFP[2][3]
  • Brigadier General Glorioso Miranda AFP
  • Brigadier General Jovenal Narcise AFP

The General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command, informally called GHQ-AFP, is one of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' support units tasked in base management of Camp Aguinaldo and provides headquarters support services to subordinate units of the AFP.[4][5]

History[edit]

Arrival Honors for visiting dignitaries are provided for by the GHQ Security & Escort Battalion which is a subordinate unit of the AFP GHQ-HSC.

The AFP GHQ & HSC was born out of the General Services Battalion of the Philippine Constabulary that was originally stationed at the Old Constabulary Barracks in Tondo, Manila. It then moved to its new home at Camp Murphy on 11 January 1935. Major Mariano N Castañeda PC was designated as its commanding officer.

Towards the end of World War II in 1946, the unit was redesignated and renamed as Headquarters and Service Battalion. The unit was then tasked with Camp Administration and Security.

By 15 October 1948, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines ordered the redesignation of the unit as Headquarters Service Group, GHQ, AFP tasked with the same work as it was previously doing.

A restored F-86 Sabre is displayed at the Kagitingan Park of the AFP Theater and Museum which is maintained by the AFP GHQ-HSC.

With the unit-wide restruction of the AFP, post EDSA I, the unit was then upgraded to a provisional unit and renamed General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command, AFP.

On 15 May 1987, the provisional status of the unit was lifted and the GHQ-HSC became the unofficial fourth branch of service of the Philippine Military, taking responsibility over Base Administration & Security, and command of the AFP Technical Service Units.

At present, the GHQ-HSC serves as the Camp Administrator of Camp Aguinaldo and provides communication services, command & control services, and security for the higher echelons of the Philippine Military.

Organization[edit]

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Support Battalion
  • General Headquarters Training Center
  • General Headquarters Security & Escort Battalion
  • General Headquarters Military Police Battalion
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Theater and Museum

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