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NEWS | Feb. 27, 2024

PACAF hosts Philippine Air Force for bilateral talks

By Tech. Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

Pacific Air Forces hosted leaders from the Philippines Air Force for a bilateral discussion and subject matter expert exchange on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 13-15, 2024.

Also known as Airmen-to-Airmen Talks (A2ATs), these events enable PACAF personnel to expand foreign relations with allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific region. Routine A2ATs help establish and maintain a strong foundation for military-to-military relations, engagements, and interoperability, all in support of mutually aligned goals.

“During the discussions we were able to go over 183 line-items; determine and prioritize 10 lines-of-effort; and well-position ourselves to execute in 2025,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Morgan Clark, PACAF Philippines desk officer.

Carrying over from the past A2ATs, Air Domain Awareness was one of many focuses during this iteration for PACAF and PAF. Other objectives included incorporating working group direction for 2025 plan; discussing upcoming combined air patrols; modernizing capabilities; and increase information sharing.

In the closing comments, the PAF co-chair thanked PACAF for the time to address important topics and prepare for the future.

“I extend my heart felt gratitude to PACAF staff for your willingness to engage in dialog and share your experiences and expertise,” said Maj. Gen. Ramon Guiang, Vice Commanding General of the PAF. “Together we are stronger and more resilient in facing emerging challenges.”

Rounding out the week-long event, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Weber, Air National Guard Assistant to the PACAF Commander and co-chair to the A2AT, highlighted the strength of the U.S. and PHL alliance.

“We proved the U.S. and Philippines have, and continue to build, an unbreakable bond,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Weber, Air National Guard Assistant to the PACAF Commander. “Together we have proven we are reliable security partners focused on preserving peace and prosperity across the region.”