By Francis Wakefield
Colonel Raul C. Vinoya, the Inspector General of the Army’s 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, retired from military service on Monday, January 14.
Vinoya, a proud member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1987, was given military honors at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.
The testimonial parade was held a day before Colonel Vinoya turns 56, the mandatory retirement age for the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He served for 35 years, 9 months and 23 days.
Vinoya had been a Kaugnay Trooper for almost four years and held two key positions. Prior to his appointment as the Division Inspector General, he was designated as the Chief of the Government Strategic and Management Office (GSMO).
Colonel Vinoya played a vital role in the achievements of 7ID’s programs most especially in the area of upholding the integrity of the unit and the members of the division as they perform their duties and responsibilities.
As the former Chief of GSMO, he was an advocate of the Army Transformation Roadmap and very instrumental in strengthening the foundation of 7ID’s Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board (MSAB).
Major General Felimon T Santos Jr., the Commander of the 7th ID, conveyed his gratitude to Colonel Vinoya for the almost four years of service to the Kaugnay Division. He said that all Kaugnay Troopers were thankful to all of his contributions in the success of the division’s endeavors.
Santos also said that Colonel Vinoya can now enjoy his time with his loved ones and gave assurance that he would always have a family in 7th ID.