US PACAF commander concludes Philippine visit, reinforces commitment to AFP, PAF

Published May 17, 2019, 9:51 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Roy Mabasa

United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. on Friday concluded his three-day visit to the Philippines, reinforcing their commitment to the bilateral ties with the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Brown, who arrived on Wednesday in Manila, paid a call on Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City where they had the opportunity to discuss increasing multilateral training opportunities between PACAF and the AFP.

“Our relationship with the Philippines is one of our most enduring relationships in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Brown. “It’s an honor to be here to be part of the friendship and cooperation between our two nations and our two air forces.”

From Camp Aguinaldo, Brown met with Lt. Gen. Rozzano D. Briguez, PAF commanding general at the Villamor Air Base where they participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of the Fallen Airmen and discussed building partner capacity in the Philippines.

“Enhanced engagement between our people and our forces benefits the entire region, and is grounded in personal relationships established during visits such as these,” said Brown.

Brown also commended the vision laid out by the PAF in their Flight Plan 2028.

“We have the same vision of peace, security and friendship not just for today, but for tomorrow and the future ahead,” he said.

This is Brown’s first visit to the Philippines since taking command of PACAF, the air component command of Indo-Pacific Command.

In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Manila, it said the PACAF chief’s visit reinforces the US Air Force’s commitment to its bilateral relationship with the PAF.