The Headquarters, Philippine Air Force held a formal Joint Change of Office Ceremonies for the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (AC of AS) for Personnel, A-1 and Office of the AC of AS for Education and Training, A-8 on Monday morning 05 September 2016, at the New Hall of Flags in Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
Outgoing A-1, Colonel Llewilyn S Banaag PAF (GSC), was replaced by his deputy, Colonel Jeffrey M Villela PAF (GSC), while former A-8, Colonel Augustine S Malinit PAF (GSC), relinquished his post also to his deputy and PMA classmate, Colonel Ramon J Guiang PAF (GSC). Both incoming chiefs have served as deputies in their respective offices for several months that provided them with good training experience in preparation for their new post.
For their meritorious and invaluable services as outgoing chiefs of OA-1 and OA-8, Colonel Banaag and Colonel Malinit were conferred with a Military Merit Medal (interim) by MGen Rozzano D Briguez AFP, the Chief of Air Staff, who served as the presiding officer.
As he relinquished his post, Colonel Banaag thanked his superiors specifically the Commanding General of the PAF, Lt Gen Edgar R Fallorina AFP; the Vice Commander, MGen Conrado V Parra Jr; and MGen Briguez for the trust they have bestowed on his leadership and helping him overcome the challenges that came along his way as A-1. He extended his heartfelt gratitude to the members of the Executive Committee (EXECOM) and heads of offices for their camaraderie and support. As he assumes his new designation as Chief Division Staff of the 2nd Air Division in Mactan, he felt excited yet anxious of the daunting tasks ahead.
“When you are enjoying your job and feel like you are in your comfort zone, then it is time for you to go and move on to your next post,” he added.
A member of the PMA Sambisig Class of 1991, Colonel Banaag previously served the following positions: Deputy of OA-1, Commandant of the Air Force Officer School, Group Commander of the Tactical Operations Group 11, and Director for Operations of the 520th Air Base Wing.
Having served as A-8 for 23 months, Colonel Malinit on the other hand accentuated the importance of the professional career development of PAF personnel by putting the right man at the right job and minimize, if not, completely eliminate the mal-assignment of personnel. He mentioned a line or two of some significant accomplishments of OA-8 since he was its chief.
Colonel Malinit previously held various positions in the PAF such as the Acting and Deputy of OA-3, Executive Officer of OA-8, Group Commander of Tactical Operations Group 2, and Director for Logistics of the Air Defense Wing. He also belongs to the PMA Class of 1991. MGen Briguez heaped praises on both Colonel Banaag and Colonel Malinit for conquering the physical, emotional, and mental stress brought about by the workload of a primary staff officer at HPAF. He also wished both Colonels Vilela and Guing “Good luck” twice. According to MGen Briguez, working at the HPAF takes hard work, patience and perseverance.
“If we need not sleep, we will not sleep to provide you a fundamentally joint, broadly engaged, and rapidly transforming force for greater peace and security…Just keep on working without thinking of anything in return...You should always be in your toes because you’ll never know what’s going to come and what’s going to hit you,” said he.
Photo by: Sgt Tombado