REAR ADMIRAL ALLAN FERDINAND V CUSI AFP is a well-seasoned Naval Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.
RADM CUSI firmly believes that an educator’s primary role is to Motivate and Inspire in order to Educate --- that as an educator or mentor, motivation and inspiration must radiate fundamentally from one’s self to be a constant source of inspiration, strength and pride to others. It is for this reason that he fervently pays particular attention to the importance of Character Development in honing Morally Upright personnel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He is confident that motivation and work competency are essential in developing true professionals, but it’s the character and moral values that build a person’s inner self, thereby developing Leaders with good habits and honesty who will conform to the standards of skill, competence and character in both their personal and professional lives.
Instilling the Culture of Humility is one of RADM CUSI’s directions in the continuous refinement of the Philippine Military Academy where professional educators must “Mentor by Example” through the display of their best behaviours in moulding Filipino Soldiers with a Heart and Soul. This culture will pave the way for a more harmonious working relationship that will keep the lines of communication (vertical and horizontal) open amongst all the units; offices; and personnel, organic and cadets alike, in the Academy that will encourage the GREATER idea to prevail. Ultimately, this set up will foster to the cadets a degree of psychological safety ---- a safe space for the cadets to develop their critical thinking and take risks or make mistakes without the fear of recriminations, thereby giving them the freedom to voice and air their ideas, concerns, questions and mistakes.
More so, RADM CUSI is dedicated in addressing the needs and requirements of the cadets that are timely and responsive to the demands in education and training; maintain high level of training readiness and standards; develop and sustain conducive learning, working and living conditions of the cadets and organic personnel inside the PMA; and in the promotion of sound financial management for an honest, efficient and equitable utilization of resources available to each of the cadet and the PMA as an organization.
While during his stint as Commander, Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command (NETDC), RADM CUSI strictly conformed to the precepts of education and training, namely Competent Instructors/Faculty, Responsive Curriculum, Enhanced Facilities, Advanced References, Motivated Students, and Sound Doctrines or the “CREAMS,” which are consistent to the mission accomplishment of NETDC in developing highly competent and motivated Philippine Navy professionals; and fronted the inclusion of the phrase “Morally Upright” in the mission of NETDC, not only to align the endeavours of the command with the thrusts of the higher Headquarters, but more so to emphasize the importance of character in Leadership.
Prior to his current position, he served as the Acting Vice Commander, Philippine Navy from 06 September to October 04, 2019, which was concurrent to his post as the Commander, Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command from February 27, 2018 to October 03, 2019 in San Antonio, Zambales; Vice Commander, Philippine Navy from October 23, 2017 to February 26, 2018;and as the Chief of Naval Staff, Philippine Navy from April 18 to October 19, 2017. He also assumed the position as the Deputy Commander of Western Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines , Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Province, which he assumed on October 22, 2016 after his stint as the Commander, Joint Task Force Malampaya, El Nido Municipality, Western Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines.
RADM CUSI was born in Quezon City, Philippines on November 17, 1964. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy on March 22, 1986 and thereafter joined the Philippine Navy. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Staff College Course, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA and is an Honor Graduate of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff Course Class 48. RADM CUSI took up his Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC, USA Class of 2011. He is also a Master in National Security Administration Eligible pursuant to AFPGHQ General Order number 851 dated 15 August 2015.
He completed his Command-at-Sea duty tour in 2008 after having commanded 14 Philippine Navy vessels of various types and displacements. RADM CUSI spent most of his military career in the Mindanao and Visayas areas. His notable naval assignments include the following: Commanding Officer of Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Rizal PS74, a minesweeper frigate; Assistant Chief of Fleet Staff for Operations/F3, Philippine Fleet; Director, Naval Operations Center, Philippine Navy; Deputy Commander, Naval Forces Central, and Commander, Naval Task Force 50 in Central Philippines.
Other positions of major responsibilities he occupied include among others: Director, Command, Leadership and Management Division, Academic Center, Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College and Chief of the Academy Staff, Philippine Military Academy, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar, Baguio City.
He is a recipient of six (6) Distinguished Service Star Medals, two (2) Distinguished Service Medals, Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod from the Philippine National Police, Award of Meritorious Achievement Medal, The Gawad sa Kaunlaran Award, 22 Military Merit Medals, five (5) Philippine Coast Guard Merit Medals, six (6) Military Commendation Medals, several Campaign Medals, Command-at-Sea Badge, Senior Command-at-Sea Badge, Award of the Flag Rank Command Badge, Plaques of Recognition, Plaques of Appreciation and Letters of Commendations as well as awards from various local chief executives of different Local Government Units among others.
RADM Cusi is a single father to three(3) children - Karlo, Dianne and Janine.