The 710th Special Operations Wing is the rapid deployment force of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), which is divided into ten-man airborne attack teams.
The mission of the 710th Special Operations Wing is to conduct contingency operations against hostile elements and civilian mass actions. Its functions include combat operations against enemy forces; co-ordination of air strikes; Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations; K-9 and handler training on explosives and bomb detection; civil disturbance control; and honour/ceremonial functions of the Philippine Air Force.
Having proven its capability during times of crisis, this Villamor-based wing has been recently transferred to Clark Air Base to assist the 600th Air Base Wing in its security requirements.
The unit serves as the Air Force’s workhorse in dealing with Special Operations and supports the AFP’s thrust for intensified Internal Security Operations (ISO). In line with its mission, the elite group of combatants has accomplished numerous ISO related tasks for the first quarter of this year. With the occurrence of bomb scares and terrorist attacks heightening in the country, the Wing has conducted a total of 919 K-9 paneling operations to different PAF bases and installations as well as routine paneling to different AFP installations including civilian offices and agencies.
A total of 7 dispatches for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel responded to bomb threats as requested by concerned citizens from Angeles City, to as far as Jolo, Sulu. The wing also conducted Interoperability Operations with the elements from 202nd Bde and 15th Strike Wing last February, in the First District of Batangas. Also in the same month, personnel from the 750th Combat Group conducted a joint ACTAF, NAKTAF, PACER and NCPRO in Cubao, Quezon City which resulted to the rescue of KFR victim Kenshi Yu (also known as Ken-ken), and the apprehension of Mitchelle Gumabao Yap and Dennis Roldan. Aside from these operations, the Combat Groups of the 710th SPOW, in an effort to protect the environment, conducted Anti-Illegal Logging Operations within the AOR of Batangas, Cavite and Quezon. Strongly driven by the motto, “Train Hard, Fight Easy” the unit continues to upgrade and conduct highly-specialized training for its officers and personnel to better address the pressing problems related to internal security. To date, 29 classes of varied special operation courses have been accomplished.
The humanitarian side of the Wing was once again seen during the 710th SPOW 13th Foundation Anniversary last 02 July 2004 when the Wing conducted Military Civic Action Activities (CIVAC) which included administering anti-polio vaccines which benefited 65 children from Brgy. Calumpang, Mabalacat, Pampanga; bloodletting; medical and dental civic action program (MEDCAP) which benefited a total of 1,628 residents from Calaca, Batangas. Other civil-military operations which benefited thousands of residents from different areas in the country were also conducted early this year. These operations bring the Wing closer to the people, and helps build trust and confidence and respect for the AFP as a whole.
- Villamor Airbase, Pasay City, Metro Manila
- Clark Airbase, Olongapo City, Pampanga (Main)