HomeMediaArticle Display

HIANG brings high level air defense expertise to Philippine engagement

Philippine Air Force officials give a tour of the PAF’s FA-50 fighter aircraft and facilities

Philippine Air Force officials give a tour of the PAF’s FA-50 fighter aircraft and facilities Aug. 9, 2018, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. The tour was part of a subject matter expert exchange between the Philippine Air Force and the Hawaii Air National Guard as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

A contingent of U.S. Air Force officers engage in table top discussions on air defense with senior officials from the Philippine Air Force

A contingent of U.S. Air Force officers engage in table top discussions on air defense with senior officials from the Philippine Air Force Aug. 9, 2018, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. The airmen were taking part in a subject matter expert exchange with Philippine Air Force counterparts as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces speaks to pilots from the Philippine Air Force

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces speaks to pilots from the Philippine Air Force, Aug. 9, 2018, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. Maj. Gen. Eifert was speaking about the complexities of air defense during a subject matter expert exchange engagement between the PAF and the Hawaii Air National Guard.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Senior officials from the Philippine Air Force and the a team comprised of U.S. Air National Guard airmen engage in an executive discussion session

Senior officials from the Philippine Air Force and the a team comprised of U.S. Air National Guard airmen engage in an executive discussion session Aug. 9, 2018, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. The airmen were taking part in a subject matter expert exchange between the Philippine Air Force and Hawaii Air National Guard as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces shakes hands with Philippine Air Force Maj. Gen. Antonio Ramon A. Lim

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces shakes hands with Philippine Air Force Maj. Gen. Antonio Ramon A. Lim, Commander, Philippine Air Defense Command, Aug. 9, 2018, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines. The two general officers spearheaded a subject matter expert exchange between the Philippine Air Force and the Hawaii Air National Guard as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Senior air defense experts from the Hawaii Air National Guard and Philippine Air Force discuss air defense development during a visit to the Philippine Air Defense Control Center

Senior air defense experts from the Hawaii Air National Guard and Philippine Air Force discuss air defense development during a visit to the Philippine Air Defense Control Center, Aug. 7, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. The airmen were taking part in a subject matter expert exchange between the HIANG and PAF as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

A Philippine Air Force officer conducts a briefing session to members of the U.S. Air National Guard and other PAF airmen

A Philippine Air Force officer conducts a briefing session to members of the U.S. Air National Guard and other PAF airmen, Aug. 6, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. The airmen were taking part in a subject matter expert exchange focussing on air defense between the PAF and Hawaii Air National Guard as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, is greeted by a Philippine Air Force officer

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, is greeted by a Philippine Air Force officer, Aug. 6, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. Maj. Gen. Eifert and airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard were in the Philippines taking part in a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement with the PAF. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Lt. Col. Colin Yoshimitsu, mission crew commander with the 169th Air Defense Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, conducts a brief on air defense

Lt. Col. Colin Yoshimitsu, mission crew commander with the 169th Air Defense Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, conducts a brief on air defense, Aug. 6, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. Yoshimitsu was taking part in a subject matter expert exchange with Philippine Air Force counterparts as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Tech. Sgt. Franchesa Pau’u, 169th Air Defense Squadron weapons controller talks with a group of Philippine Air Force airmen
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 12

Tech. Sgt. Franchesa Pau’u, 169th Air Defense Squadron weapons controller talks with a group of Philippine Air Force airmen, Aug. 6, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. Pau’u and other members of the Hawaii Air National Guard were taking part in a subject matter expert exchange with the PAF as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Philippine Air Force Maj. Gen. Allen T. Paredes, Chief of Air Staff and Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces talk during an office call.
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 11 of 12

Philippine Air Force Maj. Gen. Allen T. Paredes, Chief of Air Staff and Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces talk during an office call, Aug. 6, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. The office call was part of the openning events of a subject matter expert exchange between the Hawaii Air National Guard and Philippine Air Force counterparts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces leads a discussion on air defense concepts during a visit to the Philippine Air Defense Control Center
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 12 of 12

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces leads a discussion on air defense concepts during a visit to the Philippine Air Defense Control Center, Aug. 7, 2018, Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines. The airmen were taking part in a subject matter expert exchange with Philippine Air Force counterparts as part of a National Guard State Partnership Program engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz)

MANILA, Philippines -- A team of Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) air defense experts traveled to various air bases in the Philippines to conduct subject-matter expert exchanges with the the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Aug. 6-14, 2018.

The HIANG has a long standing relationship with the PAF, and for the past six years they have been sharing air defense expertise with the PAF as they undergo enhancements to their air defense capabilities.

This year, the team featured a general officer with over 30 years of experience in air defense.

Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, who currently serves as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), headlined a team of nine Airmen as they discussed various aspects of the air defense enterprise with their PAF counterparts.

“During high level discussions with Philippine air force Air Defense Command leadership, I was able to communicate my air defense command and control experience in both Pacific Command and U.S. Northern Command,” Eifert said. “I walked them through a few air defense scenarios from my experience in the Operation Noble Eagle mission, which painted the picture of how they need to think about command and control in defending the Philippine homeland.”

The multifaceted nature of air defense required the team to have a wide range of expertise. Various air force specialties were represented in the group: from tracking and identification, to communications and air battle management.

“Air defense is a complex enterprise. It requires a very diverse range of skill sets to succeed,” Eifert said. “This HIANG team brought literally over a hundred years of combined experience in the air defense business to this engagement to share their experiences and positively shape the Philippine air force’s future.”

According to Eifert, the PAF is on the right track as they proceed with their air defense upgrade efforts.

“They’re motivated, have great young people ready to seize the new capabilities available to them, and have new equipment arriving with great capabilities resident in it,” Eifert said. “They also have strong relations with an experienced ally (U.S.) happy to help.”

The expert exchange was part of the larger National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP). For more than two decades, SPP has been building relationships around the world, linking a state’s National Guard with a partner nation’s military or security forces to foster cooperative and mutually beneficial relations.

This iteration of the engagement - which required months of planning and had been conducted five times previously - was held at various air bases throughout the Philippines allowing for a wide range of interaction with PAF counterparts.

“This particular engagement was absolutely critical in the PAF’s development of their air defense enterprise,” Eifert said. “The timing of this engagement gave us the opportunity to share our lessons learned from decades of air defense experience so the PAF can get theirs right the first time, and hopefully learn from our mistakes.”

In addition to briefings and question and answer sessions, the team toured and surveyed various Philippine air force facilities.

The team, headlined by Eifert, included Airmen from the HIANG 169th Air Defense Squadron, 201st Air Operations Group, 204th Air Lift Squadron, and 154th Wing.

“I would like to congratulate the HIANG for offering up their best and brightest Airmen to these encounters with our close allies in the Philippines. Their efforts are helping to make tremendous strides in the PAF’s ability to monitor and defend their borders.” Eifert said.

Contact Us

ANG Public Affairs does not act as an operator service. They do not have the capability to redirect incoming calls to other offices. Please contact the base operator for these services. For a RECRUITER click HERE

Base Operator 301-981-1110

ANG Public Affairs
3500 Fetchet Avenue
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
(240) 612-9494

NGB Press Desk
703-601-6767

NGB Press Desk After-Hours
703-627-7273
ngbpa.oncall@mail.mil