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MGen Charlton Sean Gaerlan from Baguio City is AFP Deputy Chief of Staff

Baguio City's Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean M. Gaerlan assumes AFP Deputy Chief role, adding local pride to national defense leadership.

Witness the rise of Baguio's own, Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan, as he assumes the role of AFP Deputy Chief, bringing honor and expertise to the nation's armed forces.

Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan, a distinguished member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989, has stepped into the role of Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The official ceremony, held at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, saw AFP Chief Gen. Andres Centino presiding over the transition on a notable Monday.

Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan

Appointment and Transition Details

A native of Baguio City, Gaerlan succeeded Lt. Gen. William Gonzales as the Deputy Chief of Staff, filling the position left vacant by the retirement of Vice Admiral Rommel Anthony Reyes on March 15. The event marked not only a change in leadership but also a seamless handover of responsibilities at the heart of the AFP's command structure.

Gaerlan's Extensive Military Background

With an illustrious 34-year military career, Gaerlan brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Having served in various capacities across operations, intelligence, and administration, he stands as a testament to the well-rounded capabilities expected from a military leader. His journey, marked by diverse assignments and leadership roles, attests to his profound understanding of the multifaceted nature of military operations.

Key Assignments and Contributions

Before donning the hat of the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff, Gaerlan served as the 35th PMC commandant, adding to his repertoire as commander of the AFP Education, Training, and Doctrine Command and assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence. His extensive resume also includes notable roles such as deputy brigade commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade, deputy commander for marine operations of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, inspector general of the PMC, and commander of the 3rd Marine Brigade in Western Command, Palawan.

Gaerlan's Vision for the Future

In his assumption speech, Maj. Gen. Gaerlan expressed humility and honor, acknowledging the weight of responsibility that comes with the role of TDCSAFP. He urged continued support for AFP modernization and transformation programs, underscoring the collective mission to elevate the armed forces to a world-class standard. His emphasis on professionalism and organizational enhancement echoed a commitment to the ongoing evolution of the AFP.

Gen. Centino's Vote of Confidence

Gen. Andres Centino, while officiating the transition, conveyed his full confidence in Maj. Gen. Gaerlan's capabilities. Noting Gaerlan's broad knowledge and expertise in intelligence, operations, and personnel management, Gen. Centino highlighted how Gaerlan's past designations had aptly prepared him for the challenges of being the AFP's third-in-command. It is a testament to the strategic foresight of the leadership in placing someone of Gaerlan's caliber in such a pivotal role.


Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan's assumption as the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff marks a crucial chapter in the ongoing narrative of the Philippines' military leadership. His wealth of experience, coupled with a diverse set of assignments, positions him as a linchpin in the AFP's pursuit of modernization and transformation. As the armed forces continue to evolve, Gaerlan's leadership promises to fortify the traditions of the AFP, ensuring its readiness to meet the challenges of the future. The transition is not just a change in personnel but a strategic move to bolster the nation's defense capabilities under the guidance of a seasoned and dedicated military leader.

Update: Gaerlan Promoted to Lieutenant General

Maj. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan's trajectory in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has reached new heights with his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General in April 2023. This recent advancement underscores Gaerlan's continued dedication and outstanding contributions to the military. As a Lieutenant General, his expanded responsibilities and elevated position further solidify his pivotal role in shaping the future of the AFP. The promotion serves as a testament to Gaerlan's exemplary leadership and the trust vested in him by the military establishment.

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