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AFP to Honor Outgoing Air Force Chief

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will render a Testimonial Parade and Review in honor of the outgoing Commander General of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) LtGen Oscar H. Rabena on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the AFP General Headquarters parade ground.

The ceremony is a military tradition to honor outgoing commanders in the armed forces who have rendered exceptional loyalty, commitment and dedication to their tasks during their active military service. LtGen Rabena who is reaching his mandatory retirement age of 56 on August of this year will hand over the PAF Command on January 10, 2012 at the Change of Command Ceremony to be presided by no less than the President and Commander-in-Chief Benigno S. Aquino III. Rabena is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Makatarungan” Class of 1978. He graduated from the Philippine Air Force Flying School (PAFFS) in 1979. He assumed the post as the PAF Chief in January 11, 2009.

Before Rabena assumed his current position, he was the previous chief strategic planner of the whole AFP as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, J-5. Prior to this, he took the role as the Air Force Inspector General who is the principal adviser of the Commanding General on matters related to mission performance, state of morale and discipline and efficiency and effectiveness.

Rabena also became the Wing Commander of 15th Strike Wing, Philippine Air Force from 2007-2008; a major unit of the Air Force whose mission is to conduct tactical air operations in support of surface forces of the AFP. He also occupied the highly-delicate position of Wing Commander, 250th Presidential Airlift Wing, Philippine Air Force (2006-2007).

A competent and efficient airman, Rabena also held various flying positions and pilot qualifications and had flown a total of 2,000 flying hours.

The AFP Chief of Staff LtGen Jessie D. Dellosa will lead all AFP personnel in the General Headquarters in witnessing the testimonial parade and review. Dellosa affirmed previously that the Board of Generals (BOG) already submitted a short list which contained four senior officers who are well qualified to replace Rabena as the PAF chief.

“As we remain loyal to our mandated tasks as the country’s armed forces, we also stay committed to strengthen professionalism within our organization. The change of leadership in our ranks is part of our institution’s continuous dynamism which is vital for us in the military to carry our mandates capably,” Dellosa said.

“We are confident that the next Air Force Commander will do just as great as what his predecessor has done. The AFP is also optimistic that the next CGPAF will be able to continue the implementation of plans and programs the Air Force are currently adopting,” Dellosa added.

“The AFP will remain a dynamic organization constantly adjusting to the ever-changing security environment as we envision our organization as fully capable, highly responsive and professional Armed Forces,” Dellosa concluded.

Published on Saturday, 07 January 2012 11:27
Written by PAO, AFP


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