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Tactical Operations Group 11 (TOG 11)
Composite Tactical Group 11 (CTG 11)
Composite Air Support Force 11 (CASF 11)

The mission of Tactical Operations Group 11 (TOG 11) is to plan, control and coordinate the employment of tactical air support elements for the AFP Forces in eastern Mindanao. Its specific functions include: Serving as air liaison and adviser to AUC Commander; exercising operational control/supervision over all Air Force elements deployed/attached to the AUC; maintaining a state of readiness for immediate employment of tactical air support elements within its area of responsibility; determining the tactical air requirements of the AUC; providing the AUC with pertinent data in the conduct of tactical air operations; gathering air intelligence necessary for TOG operations; controling and supervising POL products for air operations activities; performing base operations functions in areas where there are no PAF Bases/Wing units; conduct civil-military operations activities in its area of responsibility; and performing other tasks as directed by Higher Headquarters.

Tactical Operations Group traces its history back to Task Force Davao (not to be confused with a subsequent Philippine Army unit called Task Force Davao), which was organized on 7 May 1973. Its mission was to carry out civic actions and to provide aerial support to the ground troops in the troubled town of Tarragona and Mati, Davao Oriental.

Task Force Davao was one of the units placed under the operational control of Regional Air Command Mindanao (RACMIN), which was created in October 1972 by an LOI issued by the Commanding General, Philippine Air Force. The issuance of LOI was in anticipation of serious problems that would be caused by the declaration of Martial Law where a pocket revolution staged by Muslim rebels in Marawi City signaled the start of rebellion in the MINSUPALA Region. According to intelligence reports, rebel groups were preparing to attack AFP camps and other military installations in Sulu Basilan, Zamboanga and Cotabato provinces.

On 1 September 1975, the Task Forces and Composite Air Support Forces Mindanao (CASFMIN), all under the RACMIN, were reorganized. Task Force Davao was reorganized as the 622nd Composite Tactical Squadron (CTS) per T/O Number F29-5, dated 25 August 1975.

On 1 April 1976, the RACMIN was inactivated and a provisional unit was organized, Headquarters, 620th Composite Tactical Group (CTG), pursuant to General Orders Number 309, dated 29 March 1976, per Philippine Air Force T/O Number F29-4, dated 12 March 1976. On 10 May 1976 the 620th Composite Tactical Group was placed under the command and control of the 3rd Air Division, pursuant to General Orders Number 395, dated 18 May 1976. Under the 620th CTG were 3 units, the 6221st CTS in Cotabato City, 622nd CTS at Davao Airport, Davao City and 623rd CTS in Cagayan de Oro City.

On 17 Jan 1982, the 620th CTG Headquarters moved to Davao International Airport (DIA), temporarily located near the old Philippine Airlines terminal building. A new headquarters for 620th CTG was eventually constructed with the full support of the 3rd Air Division Commander.

The 620th CTG, along with 3 operational units, as inactivated pursuant to General Orders Number 196, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 1 September 1987. Composite Air Support Force (CASF) 11, along with CASFs 11 and 12, took over the roles of the dissolved units in the AOR of the Group.

On 15 October 1998, CASF 11 was redesignated as Composite Tactical Group 11 (CTG 11). This was part of a larger reorganization of the Philippine Air Force that saw the 3rd Air Division inactivated with the activation of the Tactical Operations Command. CTG 11 was initially placed under the command and control of the Tactical Operations Command. On 1 February 2001, CTG 11 was redesignated as Tactical Operations Group 11 (TOG 11) pursuant to General Orders Number 32, Headquarters, Philippine Air Force, dated 31 January 2001. At the same time TOG 11 was assigned to the newly activated 3rd Tactical Operations Wing.

In 2007, as part of another large reorganization of the Philippine Air Force, the Tactical Operations Command and 3rd Tactical Operations Wing were inactivated. The 3rd Air Division was reactivated and TOG 11 was placed under its command.




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