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More help for the Army Aviation Regiment is promised by the AFP chief.

Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), expressed support for the Army Aviation Regiment’s continuing expansion on Wednesday.

Centino made the pledge during a visit to the unit’s headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, where he was the guest of honor and speaker at the joint opening ceremony for the Bolkow BO-105 helicopter equipment transition training, rotary-wing transition training, and aviator qualification course.

“I had the good fortune to witness the beginnings of aviation in the Philippine Army. Rest certain that as Chief of Staff, I will be fully supportive of your efforts to improve your capabilities “Centino remarked.

He also praised the Army Aviation Regiment’s importance as a supplement to Army, Air Force, and Navy missions.

Centino also highlighted the unit’s responsibility in transporting Army commanders, who are expected to lead from the front and oversee the status of operations and personnel welfare in their units.

With this, the AFP chief vowed to support the AFP Modernization Program’s inclusion of new assets for the Army Aviation Regiment. Four students who are already certified helicopter pilots will go through the Bolkow training to become competent to fly the BO-105 chopper that the regiment received in July of this year.

The rotary-wing training course, which will have six students, and the aviation qualification course, which will have ten students, are expected to produce rated helicopter pilots and aviators, respectively.

“To the students,” Centino added, “take use of the time and this opportunity to further enhance your knowledge, abilities, and attitude so that you can better serve the Army and the AFP.”

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