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TACTICAL OPERATIONS GROUP 9 (PULACAN)

History

When Martial Law was declared on 21 September 1972, all airstrips throughout the country were manned by the Philippine Air Force personnel due to the perceived threats by the subversive elements against the Marcos Government. In the Southern Philippines, particularly in Jolo, Sulu the situation was very tense and volatile because martial rule was turned out to be very unacceptable to the Moslems.

In view of the prevailing unstable peace and order condition in the area, the Philippine Air Force organized and activated the Sulu Frontier Air Command (SUFAC) on November 20 1972 based in Zamboanga City. The mission of this Unit was to secure all airports and airstrips in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi area.

The Sulu Air Tasks Group (SATAG) was also created and placed under the command and control of SUFAC. The Unit’s mission is to secure the Jolo Airport and conduct air support to friendly troops in its assigned area of operations. PAF Engineers were dispatch to Jolo to construct barracks and offices in ATO in a 10,133.20 square meter area which became the HEADQUARTERS of SATAG.

The Sulu Air Tasks Group (SATAG) was also created and placed under the command and control of SUFAC. The Unit’s mission is to secure the Jolo Airport and conduct air support to friendly troops in its assigned area of operations. PAF Engineers were dispatch to Jolo to construct barracks and offices in ATO in a 10,133.20 square meter area which became the HEADQUARTERS of SATAG.

The pioneer commander of the Unit was COL AVELINO AMERICA who has six (6) officers and one hundred twenty (120) enlisted personnel under his command. Most of the personnel assigned initially came from the Philippine Security Group and pilots from 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing. One of the most historic and tragic annals of the Unit was when at the crack of dawn of 07 February 1974, the MNLF rebels attacked the camp. The fierce gun battle between the SATAG personnel and the rebels lasted for almost two (2) days which resulted to five (5) killed and sixteen (16) wounded SATAG personnel. Several casualties were also identified on the enemies after they have withdrawn and surrendered.

On 10 June 1976, Third Air Division was activated and enlisted personnel coming from the different task forces deployed in the area were absorbed by the new Division. SATAG was renamed as 514th Composite Tactical Squadron under the 510th Composite Tactical Group. The Unit became Detachment I of 530th ABW on 01 August 1986 until 15 September 1988 when it finally became the Composite Air Support Force IX.

CASF IX was activated pursuant to Section I SO Nr 223 AFP dtd 23 September 1988 and its Headquarters was the original SATAG Headquarters located at Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu. In 1989, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) was activated in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur. Thus, the TACP in Pulacan became the CASF IX Headquarters under the command of COLONEL CHESTER D EBUEN PAF.

CASF IX was renamed to CTG IX and TOG 9. At present, the Unit is located at Brgy. Bus-bus, Jolo, Sulu under the leadership of LT COL ROMEO N DELA CRUZ PAF (GSC).