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1st Air Division

On 1 September 1961, the 1st Air Division was organized as a major unit of the Philippine Air Force dedicated for the external defense. After 36 years of service protecting the Philippine skies from external threats, it was deactivated on 1 May 1997, signaling the switch in priorities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to internal security operations.

On 1 August 2007, after almost 10 years of inactivity, the 1st Air Division was reactivated to conduct tactical air operations in support to AFP forces within Luzon area. This mission departs from the previous focus on national air defense. Its area of responsibility was also limited to Luzon instead of being nation wide. Subsequently the 1st Air Division largely played a vital role in the internal security operations of the AFP in direct support of 2 AFP unified commands: North Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and South Luzon Command (SOLCOM).

As of 2009, the 1st Air Division exercised command and control over 5 Tactical Operations Groups (TOG). TOG 1 was based at Loakan, Baguio City. TOG 2 was based in Cauayan, Isabela. TOG 3 was based in San Miguel, Tarlac. TOG 4 was based in Lucena City. TOG 5 was based in Legaspi City. Also subordinate to the 1st Air Division was the 600th Air Base Wing, which maintained and secured Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga, where the Division headquarters was based.




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