Born on 01 May 1958 in Quezon City, VICE ADMIRAL JOSE LUIS MONTAŇO ALANO 0-7880 AFP was the former Commander of Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines prior to his designation as the 33rd Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy. He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979.
He is both a Surface Warfare and a Naval Air Warfare by specialty. He commanded several types of surface ships to include the Presidential Yacht. As a naval aviator, he is a Britten-Norman Islander Aircraft instructor and test pilot. His shipboard and naval air assignment qualifies him the position as a Commander, Naval Task Force 21. Ashore, he has been posted to various sensitive positions both in Command and Staff. Notable of his assignments as staff officer were the positions of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Operations, N3 and Chief Of Naval Staff of the Philippine Navy. He also commanded the following key units of the Philippine Navy: Naval Air Group, Service Force, Naval Forces Northern Luzon and Philippine Fleet.
VADM ALANO’S naval career is capped by his numerous awards and decorations among which are three (3) Distinguished Service Stars, the Outstanding Achievement Medal, Gawad Sa Kaunlaran, Military Merit Medal with Spearhead Device and numerous other medals, commendations as well as various unit and service awards.
He is a graduate of Defense Strategic Studies Course at the Center of Defense and Strategic Studies in Weston Creek, Canberra, Australia and the Naval Staff Course at the Royal Australian Naval Staff College in Sydney, Australia. He took his Joint Services Command and Staff Course at AFPJSCSC, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City. He holds a master of arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
In his 37 years in the military service, VICE ADMIRAL JOSE LUIS M ALANO AFP has imbibed and lived by the core values of Courage, Integrity and Loyalty which had served as the cornerstone of his progressive military career.
He is married to Maria Hildelita, a corporate lawyer, and they are blessed with two daughters, Maria Gabriela ( 13 ) and Sofia Lourdes ( 12 ).