Filipino airmen get to see F-22 Raptor, tour Pearl Harbor

Philippine Air Force (PAF) airmen conducted a tour of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on February 25 as part of Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks held February 24 to 27 at United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Headquarters.

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The Filipino airmen were able to look at an F-22 Raptor during the tour.

The A2A Talks was held to increase interoperability and enhance ties between Philippine and United States air forces.

“This is our primary means to review the effectiveness of our engagements and explore areas of opportunity to further develop our overall strategic roadmap looking further out than we have in the past,” US Air Force Major General Russell Mack, PACAF deputy commander said during his opening remarks. “Airman-to-Airman talks are also about strengthening our service-to-service relationships while working toward common goals for both our air forces with a long-term focus on regional peace, security and stability.”

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The Filipino delegation was led by Major General Nicholas C. Parilla, PAF Vice Commander.

“Our air forces will promote and secure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific through the exploration and pursuit of mutually agreed areas of cooperation,” said Philippine air force Maj. Gen. Nicolas C. Parilla, PAF, who also participated in the first A2A talks in 2012. “Let us work hand-in-hand and be better at what we do together. Now is the time to be excited, inspired and for us to work together with enthusiasm in shaping our activities for 2020.”

The said engagement is the seventh A2A talks between the two air forces and the first since a 2017 forum in Manila, Philippines.