Oct 1, 2020

Former PAF flying school commandant is new TOW West commander

Brigadier General Rene Diaz (first from left) receives the flag of the TOW West as its new commander from Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez, the commanding general of the PAF, on January 12 following a change of command ceremony at the Antonio Bautista Air Base. Briguez facilitated the turnover rites between Diaz and outgoing TOW West Brig. Gen. Nestor Florente Rayos (second from left). (Photo courtesy of WESCOM Public Affairs Office)

Brigadier General Rene Diaz, the new chief of the Tactical Operations Wing West (TOW West) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), said he is aware of the importance of his post as a wing commander in Palawan and he is confident he can do the job.

Diaz said he is prepared to face the responsibilities, sacrifices, compromises, and huge expectations of his fresh assignment given the strategic importance of the TOW West.

“This position also serves as a challenge given the strategic importance of this unit and the current and emerging security, peace and development and environmental concerns it faces,” he said.

Diaz assured Palaweños that his leadership will work side-by-side with government and non-government stakeholders.

“Mabigat ang magiging papel ko, pero alam kong kakayanin ko (I know my job will be hard, but I am confident that I can do it),” he said.

Diaz replaced outgoing TOW West wing commander Brig. Gen. Nestor Florente Rayos on January 12 in a change of command ceremony at the Antonio Bautista Air Base.

Before his assignment in Palawan, Diaz served as the commandant of the PAF Flying School in Lipa City, Batangas, and deputy wing commander of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing at Villamor Air Base; Air Logistics Command in Clark Air Base; and Air Education Training and Doctrine Command in Fernando Air Base.

The formal turnover ceremony was presided by Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez, the commanding general of the PAF.

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