The 220th Airlift Wing of the Philippine Air Force celebrated its 43rd Founding Anniversary with the theme: “220th Airlift Wing @ 43: Looking beyond, Reinforcing Capabilities towards Jointly Engaged Transforming Force for Greater Peace and Security” on June 03, 2015 at Bgen Benito N Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-lapu City with Lt Gen Edgar R Fallorina AFP as Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Highlighted in the event was the presentation of awards to the outstanding units and personnel of 220th Airlift Wing. The Wing Commander, 220th Airlift Wing, Bgen Jose G Mirandilla Jr AFP assisted the CG, PAF in presenting the streamers and plaques of recognition to the following awardees:
222nd AIRLIFT SQUADRON as Tactical Squadron of the Year
473 RD SUPPLY AND SUPPORT SQUADRON as Support Squadron of the Year
Maj Claire Belle D Clua O-14580 PAF as Officer of the Year
TSg Joel D Magdadaro 793345 PAF as
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
A1C Larry B Naparan 867132 PAF as Airman of the Year
Mr Bienvenido I Pepito Jr CE as Civilian Employee of the Year.
Awards of Military Merit Medals were also given to deserving personnel in their significant contributions to the accomplishment of the Wing’s mission. These accomplishments include the successful completion of the flight simulator of Cessna T-41 Mescalero last January 05, 2016 through the efforts of the Wing’s DCEIS personnel. Likewise is the successful build-up of three (3) Nomad N22 B/C engines.And lastly, the successful upgrade of the Wing’s Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) capability from minimal potential to an independent self-sustaining competency.
Other Units and civilian partners who took part in the operation of 220th Airlift Wing were also awarded during the activity. Among them and their contributions are as follows:
410th Maintenance Wing for all their support extended to the Wing that greatly contributed to the accomplishment of its mission especially on the maintenance part; Mutluster Corporation for their support and generous donation of one (1) 90 KVA Power Generator for the Wing.
The Wing Commander during his anniversary message ,stressed out how proud he is to work with a team of fine officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees, who knows their purpose of having a unity towards a common direction- mission accomplishment. He noted that the Wing’s accomplishments have already exceeded its program and would not have been possible without the Wing’s hard working personnel. Truly they are an excellent manifestation of the wing’s core values: patience, strength, service, endurance, and sacrifice.
The Commanding General completed the celebration with his inspiring message. He congratulated all the awardees and praised their contribution to the 220th Air Lift Wing and to the whole Philippine Air Force. He also commended all the pilots of the Wing, the maintenance group, the support staff and the rest of the 220th Airlift Wing family for their passion in getting the job done. He challenged the wing to keep up the attitude, the purpose, and the kind of performance they’ve been showing with flying colors all these years. He encouraged them to continue their strong hold of the torch of excellence. Through the advantage of airpower, he told them to continue to define the challenges and not be defined by it. His challenge is for the Wing to focus on all fronts and, once more, deliver big!
Photo by: SSg Milay PAF