250th Presidential Airlift Wing officers, personnel call on President Aquino

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday expressed his gratitude to the officers and personnel of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (PAW) of the Philippine Air Force during their courtesy call in Malacañang Palace.

The PAW is tasked to provide air transportation to the President, his/her immediate family members, visiting dignitaries, and VIPs.

“I would like to compliment everybody, from all your previous Wing commanders to the present Wing commanders, the officers, the men and civilian employees. I’ve never had any cause to complain about the service you provided all of us,” the President said in his speech.

“So reliable, dependable, and hopefully, ‘yung tinanim natin nitong anim na taon na mas may kakayahan na ang gobyernong suportahan naman ang ating Sandatahang Lakas, among others, ay magpatuloy na, you’ll have better platforms, more training, more skills upgrading, more support in the service of the people,” he said.

“From all of us that you have rendered really very, very good service, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I really wish you clear skies as you proceed in your career path. So, again, thank you very much from all of us, and hopefully you will continue the splendid service you’ve done, not only to us but also for our country that made the governance more effective.”

The 250th PAW is led by Wing Commander Col. Allen Paredes, a member of the Philippine Military Academy’s 1988 Class “Marangal”.

The 250th PAW also conducts proficiency training of aircrew and support personnel; operates and maintains common aviation assets of Government Financial Institutions; performs organizational, field and limited depot level maintenance of assigned aircraft; performs liaison or coordination of aircraft requirements for presidential flights; coordinates with appropriate agencies for field and depot level maintenance of assigned aircraft; provides command and control and communication in advance base operations for presidential flights; provides presidential security augmentation; and provides flight safety and technical officers for VVIP movement locally and abroad. PND (jm)