With its theme, 355 ACE @ LXIX: PAF Jet Force for GPS “Aviation Combat Engineers at 69: Providing Aerodrome Facilities to a Jointly Engaged Transforming Force for Greater Peace and Security,” the 355th Aviation Engineer Wing (AEW) of the Philippine Air Force, celebrated its 69th Founding Anniversary at Basa Air Base, Floridablanca in Pampanga on October 17, 2016 with the Commanding General, Philippine Air Force Lieutenant General Edgar R Fallorina AFP as the Guest of Honor.
One of the highlights of the activity was the capability demonstration parade and presentation of awards to outstanding units and personnel of 355th AEW. The Deputy Commander of 355th AEW Col Fidel Igmedio T Cruz Jr PAF (GSC) together with the Wing Commander, 355th AEW BGen Antonio Ramon A Lim AFP assisted the CG, PAF in presenting the certificate of commendation to the following awardees:
Group of the year- 357Tth Aviation Engineer Group
Squadron of the year- 3561st Aviation Engineer Squadron
Officer of the year-1LT ESLANDER C CALUD PAF
NCO of the year-TSg June S Flores PAF
Airman of the year- A1C Romeo T Sergio PAF
Civilian Employee of the year- Mr Velmor Angelo A Aradaza CE
Civil Engineer of the year- 2Lt JO-ANN C MERCADO PAF
Wood Worker of the year- SSg Dante C Inacay PAF
Pipe Fitter of the year- Pampanga Provincial Manpower Training Center
Plaque of Appreciation- Sgt Chito M Aquinaldo PAF
Electrician of the year - A1C Julius D Samson PAF
Protective Coating of the year- SSg Rommel U Almazan PAF
Metal Fabrication Specialist of the year - Sgt Robert V Vela PAF
Heavy Equipment Operator of the year- SSg Ramjie A Amilhamja PAF
Mobility Equipment Operator of the year- SSg Jason M Sampang PAF
Mobility & Heavy Equipment Operator Mechanic of the year- SSg Alvin A Villanueva PAF
Plaque of Appreciation- LTO Guagua District
Stone Worker of the year- SSg Joselito M Huarde PAF
During the capability demonstration parade, 355th AEW showcased its heavy engineering equipment such as the Prime Mover #604 with Excavator, Prime Mover #606 with Bulldozer, M-35 Truck with HADR Team, M-35 Truck with Construction Team, Wheeled Loader # 707, Road Grader, M-52 Wreaker Truck, Forklift, M-35 Truck with MDRU Team and Man lift.
Furthermore, the CG, PAF took the opportunity to tour the wing facilities such as at the Construction Engineering Relic Park (CERP), Wing Fitness and Wellness Gym, Wing Laundry Facility, Communication Van and at the Maintenance Bay of 355th AEW.
In his speech, CG, PAF greeted the 355th AEW on its 69th Anniversary as well as on its 15th year Anniversary celebration in Basa Air Base. Likewise, he commended BGen Lim and the rest of the Officers and men of the fine unit for their support and contribution to PAF and to the national development program of the government. “Continue building our many fortresses in the Air Force and build them always with strength, resilience and grace.”
CG, PAF also mentioned that the command and control of the Wing from ALC was now placed under the Commanding General’s control and also that the name of Aviation Engineer Wing (AEW) will be soon changed to Combat Aviation Engineer Wing (CAEW).
Additionally, 355th AEW was recognized during the 69th Founding Anniversary of the PAF as the CG, PAF streamer for 2016 awardee in Support Wing Category which truly represents its mission on providing general engineering support to the PAF and contributes to the national development program of the government.