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TACTICAL OPERATIONS GROUP SULTAW

History

This Group was the former TOG SangaSanga (TOGSS) that rooted its existence from the creation of Task Forces SangaSanga, Sibutu and Cagayan de TawiTawiwayback in 1973 pursuant to PAF T/O AF-10-73 dtd 20 March 1973. Its main purpose is to secure the airstrips in the respective areas for air transportation. Additionally, these forces were created to perform other functions concomitant to the declaration of Martial Law.

Giving the Commander of the three Units official functions as military supervisor in their AOR, the Air Force men were authorized to conduct patrolling on land and sea against piracy and other forms of criminality. Operationally, the Squadron Commanders reported their activities to SouthCombut the administrative responsibilities still remained with the 3rd Air Division, PAF. The authority of the Commanders remained in effect until the lifting of Martial law in 1981.

The three Units were re-designated in various forms in the past, from Composite Tactical Squadrons to Detachments in 1987, with its operational control transferred from 3rd Air Division to 530th Air Base Wing, pursuant to GO Nr 196, HPAF dated 01 September 1987.

In 1989, the operational and administrative control of these Detachments were again transferred from WC, 530th Air Base Wing to Squadron Commander, 531st Air Base Squadron pursuant to GO Nr 171, HPAF dated 21 July 1989.

On 16 April 1990, these Units were further reactivated as Satellite Air Base Squadrons and returning back to 530th Air Base Wing as its mother Unit, pursuant to GO Nr 105, HPAF dated 25 April 1990.

On 01 April 1998, the three Squadrons were placed under the command and control of Group Commander, Composite Air Support Force IX, Jolo, Sulu from the Wing Commander, 530th Air Base Wing and the personnel of these Units were relieved and reassigned respectively to the aforementioned Unit pursuant to GO Nr 14, H3AD dated 01 April 1998.

On 15 October 1998, the three Units were again re-designated from Satellite Air Base Squadron to Composite Tactical Squadron, pursuant to GO Nr 426, HPAF dated 15 October 1998.

On 01 February 1999, Composite Tactical Group XIII was organized on provisional status with its Headquarters stationed at Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and placed under the command and control of the Wing Commander, 530th Composite Tactical Wing and the command and control of these three Units were transferred from Group Commander, Composite Tactical Group IX to Group Commander, Composite Tactical Group XIII (Prov’l).

On 01 September 1999, CTG XIII (Provisional) was deactivated and the three CTS were placed under the command and control of the Wing Commander, 530th Composite Tactical Wing. Again on 01 February 2001, these Units were designated to Tactical Operations Squadron (TOS) pursuant to GO Nr 32, HPAF dated 31 January 2001.

The history flourished until in 04 November 2002, the Tactical Operations Group (TOG) Sanga-Sanga was organized on provisional status and placed under the command and control of the Wing Commander, 3rd Tactical Operations Wing. TOSSanga-Sanga was deactivated and 5133rd Air Base Squadron was activated. TOSSibutu, TOSMapun and 5133rd Air Base Squadron were placed under the command and control of the Group Commander, TOG Sanga-Sanga, authority: Sections I, III and IV, GO Nr 428 issued by HPAF dated 25 November 2002.

From thereon, the Group Command has transformed all the 3 stations into a well Air Force Bases in this southernmost frontier of the archipelago. The base beautification was remarkable. Security defense posture was greatly considerably developed.Community service and relations were significantly carried out and attended to. Likewise, the perennial billeting problem of enlisted personnel was solved with the constructions of Enlisted Barracks at the three stations. And more projects are envisioned to further develop and enhance the Unit’s capabilities towards efficient and successful accomplishment of its assigned mission.

On 16 February 2013 the Tactical Operations Group Sanga-Sanga under the Command and Control of Commander 3rd Air Division was re-designated as Tactical Operations Group SULTAW. On the same date the Tactical Operations Squadron, TOSJolo was then organized and placed under the command and control of Group Commander, TOG SULTAW.

Because of this development, the Unit expands its area of responsibility from previous Tawi-TawiProvince only to include the province of Sulu. TOG SULTAW is now the biggest Tactical Operations Group in the entire archipelagowith ThreeTactical Operations Squadron and an Air Base Squadron.