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MGEN Charlton Sean Gaerlan: Baguio Boy Commandant of Philippine Marine Corps

Baguio City's MGen Charlton Sean M. Gaerlan is the 35th Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, showcasing hometown pride in military leadership.

Explore the remarkable journey of Baguio's own, Major General Charlton Sean M. Gaerlan, now the Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps. A proud leader at the helm.

In a significant development for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Major General Charlton Sean M. Gaerlan has assumed the role of the 35th Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), succeeding Major General Nestor C. Herico.

A Distinguished Military Journey

A proud native of Baguio City, MGen Gaerlan graduated from the prestigious Philippine Military Academy, belonging to the "Makatao" Class. His journey through the ranks reflects a remarkable career marked by diverse assignments and exemplary service.

Operational Expertise

MGen Gaerlan's early career comprised crucial junior and senior operational billets, where he served as a Platoon Commander. Notably, he contributed significantly to the 22nd Marine Company, commanded the 42nd Marine Company, and served as the Operations Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3).

Leadership Triumphs

His leadership prowess shone through in various roles, from being the Executive Officer of MBLT-11 to assuming the command of MBLT-3. Recognized as the best PMC brigade from 2018 to [year], his tenure as the Commander of the 3rd Marine Brigade in Western Command, Palawan, underscored his commitment to excellence.

Broadening Horizons in the AFP

Beyond the PMC, MGen Gaerlan contributed significantly to the AFP, holding key positions that transcend the Marine Corps. His roles as Flag Officer's Aide-de-Camp, Senior Military Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and positions within the Marine Corps and Naval Forces attest to his versatility.

Educational Pursuits

Not merely confined to operational and leadership domains, MGen Gaerlan pursued academic excellence. Holding a Masters Degree in Military Studies from the US Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, showcased his dedication to continuous learning. Additionally, his completion of the Senior Executive Course on National Security at the National Defense College of the Philippines highlighted his commitment to a holistic understanding of military strategy.

Mentorship and Teaching

MGen Gaerlan's impact extended beyond his operational and administrative roles. His role as a professor at the AFP Command and General Staff College affirmed his dedication to nurturing the next generation of military leaders, instilling in them the values and knowledge essential for effective leadership.


In assuming the role of Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, Major General Charlton Sean M. Gaerlan brings a wealth of experience, a strategic mindset, and a commitment to excellence. His journey from operational roles to educational pursuits, coupled with his diverse leadership experiences, positions him as a stalwart leader poised to steer the Philippine Marine Corps toward continued success. As the 35th Commandant, MGen Gaerlan's legacy promises to be one of resilience, innovation, and unwavering dedication to the defense and security of the Philippines.

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