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Friday, May 08, 2015

PAF marks milestone, integrates with Air Force AWACS crew

Balikatan 2015For the first time in Philippine Air Force history, PAF air battle managers controlled aircraft while airborne by integrating with the U.S. Air Force's 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron as part of exercise Balikatan 2015.

It's has been about a decade since the E-3 Sentry AWACS and a crew from Kadena Air Base, Japan, participated in the exercise, making the aircraft an unusual sight and an unforgettable mission for PAF members.

"It was a really nice and memorable experience for me because it was my first time being a part of Balikatan and flying on an AWACS," said PAF Maj. Frederick Facia, the 581st Aircraft Control and Training Squadron commander. "I had the chance to get familiar with the AWACS and control Philippine aircraft from the sky. I learned a lot from that experience -- especially about the AWACS' equipment and crew's functions."

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