35th Commanding General
24 October 2017 to 05 December 2018
LIEUTENANT GENERAL GALILEO GERARD R KINTANAR JR AFP assumed position as the 35th Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force on 24 October 2017. He is a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy "SANDIWA" Class of 1985 where he graduated number 4 in his class among 209 members. He is a recipient of the Chief of Staff Saber for being the Class Regimental Commander and the Distinguished Cadet Award given by the PMA superintendent. In the same year, he was also recognized as the Most Outstanding Student of Baguio City.
His career as a military aviator began when he took his Under Graduate Pilot Training 1987 where he graduated on top of his Class with a distinct McMicking Award. He was subsequently assigned in the 15th Strike Wing where he performed significant combat air operations in various areas of the Philippine Archipelago as an Element Lead, Test Pilot, and Flight Commander of the T-28 "Tora-Tora" Trojan aircraft. He also flew as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Lead, and Test Pilot of the T-41 Cessna aircraft and subsequently became the Squadron Commander of the 101st Primary Pilot Training Squadron of the PAF Flying School, 100th Training Wing in 1999.
His leadership and experience in the profession of arms was complemented by the local and foreign military and civilian courses that he undertook. He is a top graduate of the Intelligence Officer Course in 1990 at the Special Intelligence Training School, Intelligence Service of the AFP. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award when he took the Squadron Officer Course in Alabama, USA in 1994. In 2006, he finished his General Staff Course at the AFP Command and General Staff College where he graduated number 1 out of 72 students. He is also a graduate of Defense Acquisition Course at General Headquarters, AFP and the Defense and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defense College, Canberra and Deakin University. His passion for continuous learning was brought to higher level when he took his post-graduate courses as a top student in Master in Business Management at the Asian Institute of Management and Master in Public Administration at the Philippine Christian University.
LTGEN KINTANAR JR held different significant staff and command positions in the PAF and AFP that displayed his outstanding military leadership and management acumen. He became the Commander of the 550th Air Base Group in Fernando Air Base, Lipa City; the Secretary of Air Staff and Director for Plans A-5 at HPAF; and Director of Office of the Strategic and Special Studies at GHQ, AFP. He was the Commander of the 15th Strike Wing during the Zamboanga Siege where he ensured prompt air operations in support of AFP missions. He also became the 60th Chief of Air Staff and became instrumental in the supervision and creation of the PAF Flight Plan 2028. He subsequently assumed the position as the first Commander of the newly designated Air Education Training and Doctrines Command in 2016. During his stint, the AETDC was acclaimed as the PAF Model Base of the Year and the 70th PAF Anniversary Best Marching Unit. The AETDC was also adjudged as the Best PAF Search and Rescue Team and 2nd Runner-up in the PAF Inter-Unity Sports Competition. He also served as the Commander of the Western Command for two months before his assumption of the 35th Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force.
LTGEN KINTANAR JR received numerous awards as testaments to his various positions, accomplishments, and trainings. Most notable among which are the Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Star Medals, Distinguished Aviation Cross, Bronze Cross Medal, Silver Wing Medals, Military Merit Medals, Combat Mission Plaque and Patch, the PAFFS Golden Aviator Award, and the PMAAAI Cavalier Award for Command and Administration. LTGEN KINTANAR JR was born on 14 January 1964 at Baguio City and a proud son of BGEN Galileo Sr and Mrs Lillian Kintanar. He is happily married to Dr Ma. Marlene and blessed with two (2) daughters, Janelle Patricia and Marie Abigail.