FALLORINA PLEDGES TO MAKE PAF MORE ‘FUNDAMENTALLY JOINT’ WITH ARMY, NAVY

FALLORINA PLEDGES TO MAKE PAF MORE ‘FUNDAMENTALLY JOINT’ WITH ARMY, NAVY

MANILA— Newly-appointed Philippine Air Force (PAF) commander Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina vowed to make the country’s air arm more “fundamentally joint” to be more effective in its security missions.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, hands-over the command symbol (Saber) to the newly assumed 34th Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina during the PAF Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony at the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Grandstand, Fernando Air Base (FAB) in Lipa City, Batangas on Wednesday (March 09, 2016). Fallorina is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class of 1983. (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III, hands-over the command symbol (Saber) to the newly assumed 34th Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina during the PAF Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony at the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Grandstand, Fernando Air Base (FAB) in Lipa City, Batangas on Wednesday (March 09, 2016). Fallorina is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class of 1983. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

The latter refers to closer coordination and liaison between their Army and Navy counterparts.

“As the new commanding general of the PAF, I shall therefore lead efforts for the Air Force to become fundamentally joint, broadly engaged and effectively transforming, in short a jointly engaged transforming force for greater peace and security,” he stressed during his acceptance speech at Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas Wednesday.

He replaced Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado who retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

With this, the new PAF chief said there is a need to enhance jointness and de-emphasize their distinction as an Air Force with other major services from the level of General Headquarters to the level of the Unified Commands.

former PAF Chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado, salute to the colors for the Pass-in-Review during thePhilippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony at the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Grandstand, Fernando Air Base (FAB) in Lipa City, Batangas on Wednesday (March 09, 2016).newly assumed 34th PAF Commanding General Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina   is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class of 1983. (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

“Our Armed Forces are essentially interlocked in pursuit of unified strategies guided by synchronized roadmaps, hardened with joint capabilities tempered by uniform standards and sustained by reinforcing command relationships,” he pointed out.

former PAF Chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado, salute to the colors for the Pass-in-Review during thePhilippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony at the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Grandstand, Fernando Air Base (FAB) in Lipa City, Batangas on Wednesday (March 09, 2016).newly assumed 34th PAF Commanding General Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina   is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class of 1983. (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Fallorina also stressed that the PAF must have the capacity and the ability to reach out to a broader range of partners in different regions at various levels and roles in order to address shared concerns and common challenges, our broad engagements should necessarily lead to reinforced alliances, new relationships involving complimentary capabilities and sustained cooperation for mutual ends. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA/northboundasia.com