Air Force activates Air Combat Command

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) activated the Air Combat Command (ACC) during a simple ceremony via teleconference on June 1. The deactivation of the Tactical Operations Command (TOC) gave way for ACC’s activation.

The ACC will have command and control of 15th Strike Wing and 710th Special Operations Wing, which were formerly under Commanding General (CG) PAF.

The 530th Air Base Group, from TOC, will also be under the newly activated ACC.

The different Tactical Operations Wings, formerly under TOC, are now under the command and control of PAF commanding general.

“This transformation reaffirms not only the PAF’s commitment to be a relevant and capable force provider responsive to national security and development, but more importantly, to maximize the full and lethal potential of combat airpower,” said PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Allen Paredes who led the ceremony.

“The ACC will be the champion of the Surface Strike Core System in our PAF Flight Plan. This significant change is our definitive response to ensure that our units are dependable and functional to support the increasing combat demands of the Armed Forces. It is our way of building a robust combat posture and sustaining the gains of our continuing ISO campaign plans against the enemies of the state,” the PAF chief added.