The 710th Special Operations Wing (SPOW) of the Philippine Air Force celebrated its 25th Founding Anniversary with the theme: "Jointly Engaged Transforming Force to Address Emerging and Future Challenges for Greater Peace and Security" on July 12, 2016 at Crow Valley Military Reservation (CVMR), Capas, Tarlac, the new home of the sky warriors with the Commanding General, PAF Lt Gen Edgar R Fallorina AFP as the Guest of Honor.
The activity started with a special capability demonstration of 710th SPOW in countering various threats. The capability demo was participated in by the members of the sky warriors family who are honored to share some of their skills and tactics applied in special operations against hostile elements and in support to law enforcement forces.
One of the highlights during the activity was the awarding ceremony which signifies as evidences of valiant acts and exhibits of proficiency, competency, and distinction of each awardee. The Wing Commander, 710th SPOW BGen Laurcris P Tumanda AFP and the Deputy Wing Commander, 710th SPOW Col Joselito B Ramos PAF (GSC) assisted the Commanding General, PAF Lt Gen Edgar R Fallorina AFP in presenting the awards to the following awardees:
Group of the Year- 730th Combat Group
Squadron of the Year- 733rd Combat Squadron, 730th Combat Group
Well Done Award- 730th Combat Group
Officer of the Year- Cpt Elree F Cardeño PAF
NCO of the Year- Tsg Omar P Valmoria PAF
AM of the Year- Sgt Jovene A De Asis PAF
Civilian Employee of the Year- Ms Kristine G Urbano CE
Also, plaque of appreciation was given to the following individuals and groups for their invaluable support to the mission accomplishment of the 710th SPOW:
355th Air Engineering Wing
Health and Development for all Foundation
Shakes Pizza Tarlac Branch
ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya
Dr Marivic Castroverde David-
Hon Leonita P Gorgolon MD
Ms Amy Tañedo
Ms Gina Y Datan
Ms Jennifer J Angelo
Moreover, BGen Tumanda expressed his deepest gratitude to all who are present during the anniversary. In his speech, he recognized every SPOW men and women for their dedication towards work specially those heroes who give their lives for the country. He also congratulates SPOW for being the 2016 PAF Inter-Unit Sports champion held last June 22, 2016.
Meanwhile, CG, PAF commended BGen Tumanda for the leadership and courage he has showed to the entire wing. “It takes a special Air Force officer to stand fast on the ground. Nothing in his mien or appearance indicated the presence of a dynamo that was all this time waiting to spur brave-hearted men to action. BGEN Tumanda deserves our full applause.”
“So, today, I am truly honored and pleased to join the Air Force dyed-in-the-wool warriors for your zest, valorous and selfless service has significantly proven to all and sundry that the P-A-F can be counted on, not only as the country’s first line of defense, but as the last chain as well. Happy 25th Anniversary! Mabuhay kayo! May God bless us all!” CG, PAF
Photo by: Ssg Milay PAF