8th Commanding General, PAF

29 December 1965 - 15 August 1967


BRIG GEN JOSE B RAMOS AFP was born in Legaspi, Albay on 25 November 1914.

He graduated from Albay High School in 1931 and finished his Associate in Arts at the University of the Philippines in 1933 before he completed his degree in Bachelor of Laws at Far Eastern University in 1941, while he was serving with the Philippine Army Air Corps. He joined the military as a cadet in 1937 and became a military pilot upon graduation from the Philippine Army Air Corps Flying School in June 1938.

When World War II broke out in 1941, he served as Assistant for Personnel of the Far Eastern Air Force in Corregidor, Regimental Adjutant of the PAAC attached with the U.S. 4th Marine Corps. During the fall of Corregidor on 07 May 1942, he was taken as prisoner of war at the Capas Concentration Camp and was released on 05 Aug 1942. He joined the Sorsogon Guerillas and worked with the Allied Inteligence Bureau in Southern Luzon until the liberation.

After the war, he became HPAF Personnel Officer in 1946 and was at the same time directed to take charge of the rehabilitation of Philippine Air Lines in 1947. He became Nichols Air Base Commander in 1949 before he became Air Attache for the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. He was assigned as Acting Wing Commander, 100th Training Wing from 1952 to 1953, Chief of Air Staff from 1953 to 1955, then Commanding Officer, 205th Composite Wing in 1956. In 1959, he was placed with the Office of the President as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Finance up to1961. He was called back to the PAF in early 1962 and became Chief of Air Staff, then as Vice Commander in 1963 to 1965, and assumed the top position of the Air Force as Commanding General on 29 December 1965.

General Ramos, known as the “Airmen’s General”, as he always had the enlistedmen’s welfare in mind, started the specialist ratings, continuous military schooling and the construction of Hall of Justice. He is a rated Command Pilot and a recipient of numerous awards and decorations such as the Distinguished Service Star, ROLP Meritorious Service Medal, UN-Korean Medal, Philippine Independence Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, and Philippine Defense Ribbon, among others.

It is a little known fact that the General was the favorite flight instructor of General Dwight D Eisenhower (who later became President of U.S.) when the latter was the assistant of General Douglas McArthur as military adviser of the Philippine President.

He is married to the former Digna Imperial Nery with whom he has a son named Jose Maria Ramos.