A proud member of PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, MAJOR GENERAL RESTITUTO F PADILLA JR AFP formally bid farewell to the military during the Testimonial Parade and Retirement Ceremony held on February 13, 2019 at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. The ceremony was presided by the Commanding General, Philippine Air Force LTGEN ROZZANO D BRIGUEZ AFP.
Prior to his assignment as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans (J5), he was also the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations (J7), AFP Spokesperson and the former AFP Liaison Officer to the U.S Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.
During his stint in the military, MGEN PADILLA was awarded with the Distinguished Aviation Cross, the highest award for an airman in the Air Force for his superb and gallant airmanship in a rescue and recovery incident; three Distinguished Service Stars; two Silver Wing Medals and numerous combat awards.
In his speech, MGEN PADILLA expressed his deepest gratitude to the PAF for all the opportunity that was given to him. Likewise, he encouraged everyone to have "malasakit" in everything that we do and to always learn from our mistakes and be hopeful and make the best out of those mistakes to become a better person. Lastly, to always have a thankful heart for the everyday blessings and favors that is given to us.