SANTA MARIA, Zamboanga City (DWDD) – The Tactical Operations Command (TOC) and Tactical Operations Wing Western Mindanao (TOW WESTMIN) jointly hosted the Marawi Air Campaign Commemoration (MACC) on May 25, 2018 at the EAAB, Grandstand, Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City to honor the gallant men of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who helped in the resolution of the Marawi Crisis. General Carlito G Galvez Jr AFP, Chief of Staff, AFP was the Guest of Honor and Speaker of the said activity.
Furthermore, the Commanding General PAF, Lt Gen Galileo Gerard R Kintanar Jr AFP; Commander, Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), Lt Gen Arnel B Dela Vega AFP; Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), RAdm Rene Medina AFP; Wing Commanders of the different Tactical Operations Wings (TOWs); Groups (TOGs); and Commanders of Mindanao-based Army Brigades/Joint Task Forces (JTFs) also attended the said event.
Meanwhile, Hon. Maria Isabelle Climaco -Salazar, the Mayor of Zamboanga City reads a resolution from the City Peace and Order Council (POC), commending the critical role of the PAF during the Marawi Crisis. Likewise, Representative Celso G Lobregat graced the occasion.
Highlighted the event was the giving of individual and unit awards to the following PAF personnel for their gallantry in action in support with the ground troops in Marawi:
GOLD CROSS MEDALS
(LTC MAYNARD P MARIANO- 5th Fighter Wing
CPT VINCENT T PACLIBAR PAF- 710th SPOW
MSg Cesar L Lubi PAF- 710th SPOW
DISTINGUISHED AVIATION CROSSES
MAJ DENNIS C TADEO PAF- 205th THW
LTC KAROL PREJILLANO- 15th SW
The MMM with BSD
MAJ ROLANDO C AGUHOB PAF-TOG 10
MMM with BAL
TSg Roberto R Sabillon PAF
CHIEF OF STAFF PLAQUE OF RECOGNITION were also given to the following PAF units:
OPERATIONS COMMAND (TOC)
TACTICAL OPERATIONS WING WESTERN MINDANAO (TOW WESTMIN)
205TH TACTICAL HELICOPTER WING
15TH STRIKE WING
5TH FIGHTER WING
220TH AIRLIFT WING
250TH PRESIDENTIAL AIRLIFT WING (PAW)
710TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS WING (SPOW)
300TH AIR INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY WING (AISW)
900TH AIR FORCE WEATHER GROUP (AFWG)
560TH AIR BASE WING (ABW)
TACTICAL OPERATIONS WING CENTRAL (TOWCEN)
Likewise, an Audio Video Presentation (AVP) were presented showcasing the critical events leading to the crisis and the role of the PAF and airpower in helping resolve the Marawi Crisis. Towards the end of the AVP, a pair of FA-50s and an OV-10 Bronco made a low-pass flyby much to the delight of the audience.
In his speech, Major General Domingo B Palisoc Jr AFP, Commander, TOC extended his felicitations to all the pilots, crews, maintenance personnel, forward air controllers, and EODs for all their efforts and selfless commitment in accomplishing the AFP’s mission of neutralizing the Daesh-inspired Maute Terror Group who besiege the City of Marawi for five long months. More so, he was honored being the overall air campaign commander during the entire Marawi Crisis.
Moreover, the Chief of Staff, General Carlito G Galvez Jr AFP was very emphatic in uplifting the PAFs “air power” and capability during the Marawi Crisis. He cited the important role of the FA-50s in bombing and neutralizing the highly entrenched Maute identified targets in Marawi City, the C-130s which airlifted battalions of PA and PN Marine units in record time, the role of Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft such as the AW-109s, OV-10 Broncos, MD-520MGs, SF-260 warriors that afflicted casualties to the enemy side the UH-1H/D Hueys which save the lives of many of our ground troops.
He then personally thanked all the pilots, crews, maintenance personnel, forward air controllers, and EOD personnel for their commitment and sacrifices in the five-month long siege. He ended his speech by reiterating his previous pronouncements that the PAF were indeed the “GAME CHANGERS” in the entire Marawi Crisis. EAAB / MCAG