Air Force commends Airwoman Diaz for weightlifting gold medal

Published August 22, 2018, 3:33 PM

by iManila Developer

By Francis Wakefield

The Philippine Air Force (PAF), led by the commanding general Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard R. Kintanar Jr., congratulated Airwoman 1st Class Hidilyn Diaz for bagging the gold medal in the women’s 53-kilograms event in the 2018 Asian Games weightlifting competition.

Hidilyn Diaz (Nick Giongco / MANILA BULLETIN)
Hidilyn Diaz (Nick Giongco / MANILA BULLETIN)

The gold medal won by Diaz is the first for the Philippines in the event.

“As part of the Blue Team Family, we give AW1C Diaz our snappiest salute for her discipline, perseverance and hard work that made her achieve another milestone in her career,” Kintanar said.

“She always proved herself with her strong dedication through the years of her training and passion to win. Again, AW1C Diaz became an inspiration and pride to our countrymen that brought honor to the PAF. Congratulations to AW1C Diaz, we are proud of you. More power,” he added.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also expressed enormous pride for Diaz’s victory in the Asian Games.

In a statement, AFP Spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said Diaz epitomizes the diligence, perseverance, hard work, and dedication not only of every airman, soldier, sailor, and marine but of every Filipino who triumphs over all adversities and challenges.

“The entire AFP led by our Chief-of-Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. renders our salute to her in this yet another success in her career where she rose from humble beginnings to one of international prominence,” Arevalo said.

Diaz was recruited into the Philippine Air Force (PAF) through the military arm’s Direct Enlistment Program in 2013. She was initially assigned to the Air Force Special Service Group. She was also given an Air Force Specialty Code skill in recreation in weightlifting.

In 2014, she was given a promotion from the rank from Airwoman to Airwoman Second Class. Diaz was also a recipient of a Military Merit Medal for organizing PAF events and a Presidential Citation Unit Badge.

When Diaz was training for her stint at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she was assigned to PAF Personnel Management Center on a temporary basis. For her achievement at the Olympics, she was given a promotion by the PAF.

The extent of the promotion was not initially disclosed but it was later reported that Diaz was promoted to the rank of Airwoman First Class.