by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii September 26, 2016 —At the invitation of the Government of the Philippines, and at the direction of the U.S. Pacific Commander, the United States stood up the third iteration of the Air Contingent in the Philippines on Sept. 25.
As part of this contingent, the U.S. Air Force has deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft and approximately 100 Airmen from the 374th Air Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines. While there, the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Airmen are conducting bilateral training missions as well as Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, and integrating with units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The purpose of the Air Contingent is to promote increased interoperability between U.S. and Filipino forces, and to further enhance security cooperation between the allies.
PACAF Airmen stood up the first rotation of an Air Contingent at Clark Air Base, Philippines, in April 2016, following a joint announcement by then-Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter that highlighted several initiatives aimed to reinforce our long-standing relationship with the Philippines, and to reaffirm our commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The two-week Air Contingent in April consisted of A-l0C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and approximately 200 personnel from multiple PACAF units. The second two-week iteration of the Air Contingent, stood up June 15, 2016, was comprised of EA-18G Growlers and Navy personnel.
Visit PACAF’s official website to view or download previous and future Air Contingent imagery. (http://www.pacaf.af.mil)