His Excellency President Benigno S Aquino III (HEPBSAIII) pinned Gold Cross Medal to TSg Menard C Ibañez PAF of the 710th SPOW and Bronze Cross Medal to MSg Barnard B Blanco PAF of the 1st Air Division during the 80th Armed Forces of the Philippines Founding Anniversary at Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Pampanga on December 21, 2015.
TSg Menard C Ibañez PAF from the Special Operations Wing (SPOW) was awarded with a Gold Cross Medal for his gallantry in action as squad leader and member of one Squad of 730th Combat Group, 710th Special Operations Wing (SPOW) PAF during an encounter with more or less five (5) heavily armed members of Sub Regional Military Area, Kilusang Larangang Guerilla Honda, Guerilla Unit 3, STRPC of the New People's Army at vacinity Sitio Bautista, Barangay Mataas na Pulo, Nasugbu, Batangas.
Meanwhile, MSg Barnard B Blanco PAF from the 1st Air Division was awarded with a Bronze Cross Medal for his acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy but involving risk of lives as members of the PAF rescuers that conducted HADR operations during the massive flash floods in the city of Cauayan and Municipalities of Benito Soliven and Sto Tomas, Province of Isabela last October 18-21, 2015 due to Typhoon Lando that hit the whole Region 2.
Donna Mae Tamayo
Photo By: A1C Yupangco