New PAF chief to focus on air fleet boost amid challenges

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Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina has been installed as the new Air Force Chief on Wednesday (March 9).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina formally assumed office on Wednesday (March 9) as the 34th Air Force Chief.

Fallorina replaced Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado who retired also on March 9.

In his acceptance speech, Fallorina said he will not change the policies of his predecessor.

Instead, he is compelled to strengthen the Philippine Air Force (PAF) amid security challenges threatening the country.

Before assuming the post, Fallorina was the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief-of-Staff.

Fallorina was also assigned as the Air Force Vice Commander in 2014, and received his first star as Wing Commander of the 520th Air Base Wing.

He got his second star as the First Air Division Commander based in Clark Air Base, Pampanga.

A helicopter pilot, Fallorina is part of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Matikas" Class of 1983.

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