Major Engelberto Nioda JrGroup Commander of the 730th Combat Group
Philippines Air Force
ENGELBERTO A NIODA JR was born on 24 January 1978 at Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Philippines. He is the eldest of two siblings of a former Philippine Constabulary (PC) Enlisted Man ENGELBERTO A NIODA SR and Elizabeth A Nioda.
Growing up in a rural village, made him witnessed the atrocities instigated by the Communist Terrorist and the terror it brought into his hometown in the municipalities of Bayawan in the province of Negros Oriental which was once a communist terrorist hotbed in 1980s. These poignant events that occurred during this formative years and his admiration to the PC Rangers and the ferocious Army Scout Rangers “Black Panther” who fought valiantly against the Terrorist slowly influenced him to join the military and fight against the Communist Terrorist.
After completing his Elementary and Secondary school at Saint Louis School-Don Bosco, he further continued his baccalaureate degree at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental earning a degree in Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science in year 2000. With his passion to serve the country as military officer, he later on joined the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School as an Officer Candidate. Subsequently, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on December 16, 2001.
After a few months stint on his first assignment at Air Reserve Command where he was designated as the Secretary to the Command Staff and Chief Public Information Officer of said unit. He underwent schooling on Basic Air Force Officer Course (BAFOC) in 2002 and later volunteered to be assigned at 740th Combat Group, 710th Special Operations Wing after his graduation in BAFOC until 10 November 2014. During the more than eleven (11) years stint at 710th Special Operations Wing, he started as a Platoon Leader of Strike Platoon (Rapid Deployment Force composed of Special Forces and Scout Ranger Operators) before joining the Scout Ranger Training School (SRTS), First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSSR) to take up Scout Ranger Course “Tabak”. Upon graduation at SRTS he was designated as a Squadron Commander of 744th Combat Squadron for almost three (3) years which he later transformed said unit into as the “First Scout Ranger Company of the Philippine Air Force”. Later, he then earned the reputation as the founder of the Air Force Rangers and became well respected for his combat experience and exploits in Counter Terrorism and Counter Guerilla Warfare.
During this significant years of his military career, the most challenging and fulfilling event he had was when he was designated as the Squadron Commander of 744th Combat Squadron also known as “The Home of the First Air Force Rangers” at 740th CG from 2004 to 2007, as the Group Operations Officer from 2007 to 2009 and as Deputy Group Commander from 2011 to 2013 of the same unit. Through these years, he was exposed to multiple dozens of dangerous missions (NIODA was wounded in one of the fierce encounters in the province of Laguna) and a number of fierce firefight (armed engagements) with the communist terrorist, lawless elements and even the right wing Magdalo group that led to the capture of one of their leaders at Brgy. Bucal Norte, Padre Garcia, Batangas.
Moreover, during these memorable years as a combat leader, tactician and as mentor, MR NIODA had witness firsthand the deficiencies in training special operations forces at the Special Operations Training Squadron of 710th SPOW.
These observations motivated NIODA to come up with a study creating a system that will paved way into the creation of the special operations doctrines for 710th SPOW. The conceptualization was tedious and deliberate, however, because of his valuable work experience in special operations and counter guerilla warfare, he was designated as the Group Commander of 770th Special Operations Combat Support Group (also the Special Operations Training Unit of the 710th SPOW) that would enable him to make significant milestone in Air Force Special Operations. It was only during his stint as the commander of said unit when 710th SPOW had created the first doctrine for Air Force Special Operations, the “Special Operations Manual” after 23 years of the unit existence. Furthermore, he also authored and published the Small Unit Tactics Training handbook, Sniper Handbook, Basic Airborne Handbook, and many 12 other handbooks that are still on process of finalization. Furthermore, he also authored the creation of various Program of Instructions for the 27 Special Operations Courses, Trainings, and Seminars for all Special Operations Forces of 710th SPOW.
During the 16 years of dedicated service, he hone his skills as a seasoned combat officer, Special Operations Operator, Community Organizer, CBRN Specialist, Crisis Manager and strategic planner by taking up various combat/non-combat as well as special operations courses both local and abroad namely; the Scout Ranger Course, CBRN Basic Officer Leader Course (Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., U.S.A.) , Special Operations in Combatting Terrorism Course (JSOU, Mc Dill AFB, Florida, U.S.A.), Tactical Psychological Operations Training, Basic Pistol Close Quarter Battle (CQB) Course, Ammunition Management Course, Scuba Diving Course, Sniper Course, Explosive and Ordnance Reconnaissance Agent Seminar, CBRNE Seminar, Basic Incident Command System Course, Integrated Planning on ICS Course, Basic Air Force Officer Course, Squadron Officer Course, Basic Instructor Course and numerous other short trainings and seminars.
In recognition for his accomplishments, he was awarded with a Gold Cross Medal (for Gallantry in Action), Gawad sa Kaunlaran award (for Community Development and Civil Military Opns), Wounded Personnel Medal, three (3) Military Merit Medals with Bronze Spearhead Device for Gallantry in Action, eighteen (18) Military Merit Medals, four (4) Military Civic Action Medals, four (4) Military Commendation Medals and other numerous medals and citations. Moreover, NIODA had also been adjudged twice as an Officer of Year in both the 740th Combat Group and 710th Special Operations Wing. Furthermore, he had also been a recipient of Haribon Award for Gallantry and Golden Merit Medallion (Highest Alumni Award to PAFACES).
He is married to the former Mirarose Miras, an Agriculturist at Lipa City, Batangas. They are blessed with three children, a daughter, Keira Angela Rose (10 yo) and three (3) sons Gabrielle Angelo (8 yo), Joaquin Miguel (5yo) and Alejandro Rafaelle (2yo).
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