PAF beefs up engagement with other air forces

In line with the government’s independent foreign policy program, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has intensified its engagement with several air forces aside from its traditional allies.

US Air Force Lt. Col. Brandon McBrayer, 20th Operations Group deputy commander, climbs a ladder while a member of the Philippine Air Force sits in an F-16DM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, May 23, 2018. Pilots from the Philippine Air Force traveled to Shaw Air Force Base to learn about the 20th Fighter Wing mission May 21-23. The Philippine Airmen inspected an F-16CM Fighting Falcon in phase, toured Shaw’s 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s storage facilities, received a briefing on survival, evasion, resistance and escape techniques and flew in a familiarization flight. US Air Force photo

This was announced by PAF chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar during the Air Force’s 71st founding anniversary celebration held at the PAF Multi-Purpose Gymnasium, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

“Outside our national partnerships in support of our government’s independent foreign policy, we have intensified engagements with counterpart air forces in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States,” he added.

Kintanar said the PAF will be establishing more cooperative engagements with other countries, including China, as this so far have resulted in significant initiatives bearing on the training and professional development opportunities of Filipino airmen.

Also, the PAF chief said they have revived the Air Force’s Self Reliant Defense Posture to utilize local talent and increase their logistical capacity to sustain operation and reduce dependents on foreign supplies.

“And through the legacy of our pioneers and heroes, we are committed to train and develop, so that the Air Force can breed airmen our nation deserves, airmen who live and breed the values of integrity, service above self, teamwork, excellence, and professionalism 24/7 all year long across our country, through 360 degrees,” Kintanar added.