HomeNewsArticle Display

PACAF hosts Philippine airmen, strengthens relations

Philippine air force (PAF) Chief Master Sgt. Nelson Mercado, PAF Sergeant Major, dons pilot gear during an F-22 static display tour at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 25, 2019.

Philippine Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Nelson Mercado, Philippine Air Force sergeant major, dons pilot gear during an F-22 Raptor static display tour at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 25, 2019. U.S. and Philippine air forces to participated Airman-to-Airman talks, discussing initiatives to better their readiness and effectiveness to respond to real-world challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

A group of U.S. and Philippine air force Airmen look at an F-22 Raptor during a tour at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 25, 2019.

A group of U.S. and Philippine air force Airmen look at an F-22 Raptor during a tour at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 25, 2019. The Philippine Air Force visited JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Airman-to-Airman talks, an annual event where the two air forces discuss upcoming events and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Philippine air force (PAF) Maj. Gen. Nicolas C. Parilla (right), PAF acting vice commander, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) deputy commander, sign the meeting minutes after the closing remarks during PAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman talks, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 27, 2019.

Philippine Air Force Maj. Gen. Nicolas C. Parilla, Philippine Air Force acting vice commander, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, sign the meeting minutes after the closing remarks during Airman-to-Airman talks, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 27, 2019. The two air forces participate in exercises, such as Bilateral Air Contingency Exchange-Philippines and Balikatan to increase readiness, interoperability and support peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) -- Philippine Air Force service members visited Pacific Air Forces Headquarters for Airman-to-Airman, or A2A, talks to increase interoperability and enhance their relationship Feb. 24-27, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, PACAF deputy commander, highlighted the long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Philippines and how military-to-military engagements are key to its continued success.

“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,” Mack 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.”

The bilateral delegation of U.S.-Philippine Air Force airmen, led by Mack and Maj. Gen. Nicholas C. Parilla, Philippine Air Force vice commander, discussed initiatives to better their readiness and effectiveness to respond to real-world challenges.

“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,” Parilla said. “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 two air forces participate in exercises, such as Bilateral Air Contingency Exchange-Philippines, and Balikatan, to increase readiness, interoperability and support peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

“As Airmen, we share many common goals and we can make a difference by collaborating to enhance peace, security and stability in this region,” Mack said. “Only by maintaining solid relationships with our allies, combined with the continued improvement of our inherent airpower capabilities, can we continue to be successful when faced with a crisis.”

This was the seventh A2A talk between the two air forces and the first since a 2017 forum in Manila, Philippines.

PACAF is involved with a number of A2A talks throughout the Indo-Pacific region with other ally and partner nations to continue to build strong relationships.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @CitizenAirman: Enlisted aircrew members critical to C-130 Hercules flight testing - https://t.co/RAPxP7CR6E #ReserveReady https://t.co/…
RT @ActingSecAF: Join @VP Pence, @JimBridenstine, me, & more at the National Space Council today at 9:30 am ET. We will discuss #space #inn
#DYK, Patriot Warrior is @USAFReserve's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Reserve Citizen #Airmen to t… https://t.co/g3mWCOKg7C
RT @AFResearchLab: Q. What's that? A. Just @AFResearchLab turning a Cessna into an #UAV #InnovativeAF details: https://t.co/t6aAMLxJSu…
RT @US_SOCEUR: A U.S. Air Force Logistics Readiness Airman connects fuel hoses to a MC-130J Commando II during Operation Rapid Forge in #Es
RT @AF_Wrestle: Thank you to Brig Gen Brook Leonard, a leader in the war in Iraq to defeat ISIS, for speaking to the team today about “Char…
RT @USEmbassyPH: READ: Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Visit Manila. @usairforce @PACAF #FriendsPar
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Thank you, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, for hosting today’s roundtable with Ho Chi Minh Nat’l Academy of Politics. We look f…
RT @AFSpace: #OTD in 1957 Lt. Col. David G. Simons, M.D., participated in the Manhigh II flight. The @usairforce used balloons to transport…
RT @AF_Falcons: .@AF_MSwim & @AF_WSwim took a summer trip through Europe staying on a @usairforce base for two weeks while visiting 4 diffe…
RT @AF_SBIR_STTR: About 20 or 30 companies will be selected to compete for up to $40 million at the Air Force Pitch Day for Space, planned…
RT @AFmuseum: Special thanks to TSgt.(Ret.) Richard Tung & his family for visiting! Tung was assigned to the 491st bomb group(h), 853rd Squ…
It's #NationalAviationDay! ✈️ #USAF has been a part of #aviation since its inception September 18, 1947. The… https://t.co/ESPaIUaJ1m
.@TeamEglin #Airmen drive innovation, increasing safety while saving money. https://t.co/xo30mkcHMg
RT @AFSpecOpsCmd: Callie is chillin’ with our CSAF 😎 @GenDaveGoldfein meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the @DeptofDefense,…
RT @AP_Top25: Secret's out on hard-hitting Air Force linebacker Kyle Johnson: He plans to attend graduate school, go through special forc…
Staff weather officers (SWO) from the 3d Weather Squadron were put to the test during a certification field exercis… https://t.co/wcGL2Dr2a1