From Update Philippines (May 9): LOOK: ASEAN air forces commanders meet in Philippines
The commanders of ASEAN air forces have gathered here in the Philippines for the 14th ASEAN Air Chiefs Conference (AACC) May 2 to 7. AACC is being held in nation of the current year’s ASEAN chairman.
Philippines first hosted the AACC in 2007 when the country was also ASEAN chairman.
“The AACC is an annual meeting that started in 2004 where outputs of the conferences held previously became the bases for cooperation of many policies and agreements among the Air Force of ASEAN member countries, particularly in addressing issues on counterinsurgency, maintaining peace and security in the region, and non-traditional security threats,” the Philippine Air Force said.
The conference was spearheaded by PAF Commanding General Lieutenant General Edgar R. Fallorina.
Representing their countries in the annual meeting were: Brigadier General (U) Shahril Anwar Bin Haji Ma’Awiah, Commander of Royal Brunei Air Force; Air Chief Marshal Hadi Jahjanto, S. IP, Chief of Staff of Indonesian Air Force; General Dato’ Sri Haji Affendi Bin Buang, Chief of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Major General Tan Wei Ming, Chief of Air Force of Republic of Singapore Air Force; Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang, Commander-in-Chief of Royal Thai Air Force; Lieutenant General Le Huy Vinh, Commander of Air Defense and Air Force Service, Vietnam People’s Army; General Soeung Samnang, Commander of Royal Cambodian Air Force; Brigadier General Khamphath Phimmahxay, Chief of the Air Force, General Department, Ministry of National Defense of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic of Laos; and General Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Air Force.
“There were presentations and exchange of views among the Air Forces’ Chiefs,” PAF said.
“The conference recapitulated the importance of air power and air diplomacy in the ASEAN region in order to help others and build bridges of goodwill as evidenced by the PAF’s current engagements with other ASEAN counterparts at the bilateral and multilateral levels,” PAF said.
Next year’s ASEAN chair is Singapore.