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Friday, February 29, 2008


Olongapo City Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr., Subic Bay Metropolitan Area (SBMA) Administrator and CEO Armand Arreza and Vice Mayor Cynthia Cajudo tuned-up in full force to welcome the US Naval Forces to Japan Commander, Rear Admiral James D. Kelly recently.

City Councilors Edwin Piano, Rodel Cerezo, Elmo Aquino and Ellen Dabu, City Administrator Ferdie Maggrata, and Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) Director PSSupt. Col. Abelardo Villacorta were also present at the arrival of Kelly.

The visit to City Hall of Rear Admiral Kelly with officials of the US Naval Forces to Japan this February 27 is a form of courtesy to Mayor Gordon and the people of Olongapo.

In the said friendly-visit, Mayor Gordon refreshed the visitors on the evolution of Olongapo from the initiatives of his father, James L. Gordon, Sr., to the present recognitions and awards received by the city. The visitors expressed admiration of Mayor Gordon’s administration, particularly on the peace and order aspect.

Meanwhile, Mayor Gordon gave a miniature yellow jeepney as a souvenir to Kelly while the latter gave a memorabilia gift in return.

Rear Admiral Kelly has been the commander of the US Naval Forces to Japan since 2005. He has personal decorations including Defense Superior Service Award, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the individual Air Medal with Combat “V”, and some more unit and campaign awards. He was also assigned with “Operations Desert Storm” at the “Southern Watch.”

Mayor James ‘’Bong’’ Gordon, Jr. while giving Rear Admiral James D. Kelley a tour inside Olongapo City Hall during the admiral’s courtesy call with the mayor last February 27, 2008.

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