LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROMEO S BRAWNER JUNIOR assumed leadership of the Philippine Army as the 65th Commanding General on 10 December 2021.
He entered the Philippine Military Academy in 1985 and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree, graduating number two (2) and a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy “Makatao” Class of 1989.
He consistently exemplified the highest levels of excellence in his military schoolings. He graduated at the top of his class in the Special Forces Operations Course, Intelligence Officer Course, and the AFP Comptrollership Course. Notably, in 2011, LTGEN BRAWNER was the representative of the Philippine Army during the United States Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Foreign Policy. In 2013, LTGEN BRAWNER also represented the Philippine Army during the IVLP on Cyber Security.
He also demonstrated the finest ideals of military professionalism and discipline in his previous designations such as the Battalion Commander, 2nd Special Forces Battalion; Operations Officer, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne); Chief of Staff, 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division; Chief Public Affairs, Philippine Army; Spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Regiment Commander, Civil-Military Operations Regiment; and the Brigade Commander, 103rd Infantry Brigade during the aftermath of the Marawi Siege. Likewise, LTGEN BRAWNER was the Commandant of the Cadet Corps in the Philippine Military Academy, wherein he institutionalized the total eradication of hazing and maltreatment during his term. Further, MGEN BRAWNER also served as the first Deputy Chief of Staff for Financial Management, J10, Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Prior to his current designation, he was the Commander, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, wherein he supervised the operations that led to the neutralization of Jorge Madlos, Commander of the National Operations Command of the New People’s Army.
LTGEN BRAWNER has acquired three (3) Master’s Degrees — Masters in Information Management from the Ateneo de Manila University; Masters in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management and from the European School of Management in Oxford University, United Kingdom; and Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He also attended the Advance Security Cooperation Course at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was among those awarded in The Top Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) in 2013 by the Metrobank Foundation and Rotary Club of Makati. In 2019, LTGEN BRAWNER was bestowed with the Lapu-Lapu Award by President Rodrigo Duterte for his invaluable contributions and dedicated leadership in the neutralization of Owayda Marohombsar, the last commander of the Maute-ISIS faction.
He was born on 18 March 1968 in Baguio City. He is happily married to the former Miss Melody Valeros and they are blessed with three children.