History

THE 3RD TACTICAL OPERATIONS WING HAD ITS SIGNIFICANT BEGINNING WHEN A GROUP OF US ARMY ENGINEERS UNDERTOOK THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AIRFIELD IN ZAMBOANGA CITY ON 10 MARCH 1945. UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE AIRFIELD CONTROL TOWER AND OTHER AVIATION FACILITIES, THE FIRST COMBAT AIRCRAFT CORSAIR LANDED. THIS EVENT MARKED A MILESTONE IN THE AVIATION HISTORY IN ZAMBOANGA. THEN ON 17 OCTOBER 1955, PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDER NR 564 GENERAL HEADQUARTERS ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES DTD 25 OCT 1955, 533RD AIR BASE SQUADRON WAS ACTIVATED WITH THE PRIMARY MISSION TO PROVIDE OPERATIONAL AND BASE SERVICES IN SUPPORT TO PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE AND ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES OPERATIONS IN MINDANAO.

AS THE AIR OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS INCREASED IN MINDANAO THE 530th AIR BASE GROUP WAS ACTIVATED ON 1972 AND REPLACED THE 533RD AIR BASE SQUADRON PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDER NR 522 HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE DTD 11 AUG 1972.

AFTER TWO YEARS OF EXISTENCE, THE 530TH AIR BASE GROUP WAS RENAMED 530TH COMPOSITE TACTICAL WING (PROVISIONAL) ON 08 JANUARY 1974 PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDERS NR 309 HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE BUT IT WAS LATER UPGRADED AS 3RD AIR DIVISION ON 01 APRIL 1976 PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDERS NR 395 HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE AIRFORCE DTD 26 MARCH 1976. WITH 530TH AIR BASE WING UNDER ITS CONTROL PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDERS NR 522ND HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE AIRFORCE DTD 11 AUGUST OF THE SAME YEAR. THE PRIMARY MISSION OF 3RD AIR DIVISION IS TO PROVIDE COMMAND AND CONTROL AND SUPERVISION TO ALL AIR FORCE ASSETS AND RESOURCES IN MINDANAO.

ON 01 FEBRUARY 1999, THE 3RD AIR DIVISION WAS DEACTIVATED AND THE 530TH AIR BASE WING WAS REDESIGNATED AS 530TH COMPOSITE TACTICAL WING PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDER NR 16 HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE DTD 11 JANUARY 1999, WHOSE MISSION IS CONDUCT TACTICAL AIR OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT TO GROUND AND NAVAL FORCES IN MINDANAO. THE 530TH COMPOSITE TACTICAL WING WAS PLACED UNDER THE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF THE TACTICAL OPERATIONS COMMAND.

ON 01 FEBRUARY 2001, 530TH COMPOSITE TACTICAL WING WAS DEACTIVATED PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDER NR 32 HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE DTD 31 JANUARY 2001 AND THE 3RD TACTICAL OPERATIONS WING WAS REDESIGNATED, BUT THE MISSION, FUNCTIONS, TROOPS DISPOSITION, AND EQUIPMENTS REMAIN THE SAME.