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MISSION:
TO PERFORM TACTICAL AIR OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE AFP FORCES IN ANY DESIGNATED AREA.



FUNCTIONS:

Provide close air support to surface forces.
Conduct tactical air reconnaissance.
Perform airborne and strike control of operating air and surface forces.
Provide air control in support of other           aircraft.
Perform interdiction missions.
Provide limited air evacuation and relief           operation in support of Civil Military           Operations.
Provide deployment of Combat Ready forces           in areas of operations as required by Higher Headquarters.
Perform other functions as directed by Higher Headquarters.

UNIT HISTORY

Home of the Firebirds            The 20th Attack Squadron of the 15th Strike Wing had its beginnings back in 1983. Known then as the 20th Air Commando Squadron, it was activated on 01 October 1983 by virtue of General Orders #426, Headquarters Philippine Air Force, dated 13 September 1983. Its first home station was located at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. At that time, twelve (12) Sikorsky AUH-76A helicopters were entrusted into the hands of the squadron to serve primarily as close air support aircraft to surface forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On 17 January 1989, the squadron was transferred to Sangley Air Base, Cavite City. In 1993, the acquisition of the more agile MD-520MG helicopters triggered the re-fleeting of the squadron’s air assets, thus, on 15 December 1993, the squadron was renamed 20th Assault Squadron. On April 2003, the squadron was once again renamed to 20th Attack Squadron giving a more appropriate name based on its mission.The Firebirds
          The 20th Attack Squadron has a glorious past. In fact, it has played key roles in Philippine history. During the People Power Revolt of 1986 in EDSA, for instance, then Colonel Antonio Sotelo Sr., the Wing Commander of 15th Strike Wing at that time, led a flight of the squadron’s AUH-76A attack helicopters. But, instead of conducting persuasion flights in support of troops loyal to the Marcos Regime, Colonel Sotelo led his flight to Camp Crame and landed thereat in favor of the democracy that we now enjoy. Eventually, the squadron’s Sikorsky AUH-76A helicopters were turned over to the 505th Search and Rescue Group and to the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing along with some of the pilots and crews. And so, by April 1996, the 20th Attack Squadron had an all-MD-520MG fleet. With this new fighting capability, the unit’s participation in the government’s unending campaign for peace intensified even more. Since its activation in 1983, the unit has performed numerous combat missions a defender after an airstrikeincluding air strikes and close air support missions. From the jungle bases of communist guerrillas in Cagayan Valley down to the entrenchment of Muslim secessionists in Mindanao and Sulu, the 20th Attack Squadron’s marks have been very well placed and have won praises from other AFP units. In fact, during the campaigns against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, in the first semester of Year 2000, the 20th Attack Squadron was instrumental in bringing back not only the people’s trust but also the other AFP units’ confidence in the Philippine Air Force. 20th Attack Squadron’s participation in the campaigns had shown what Air Power is all about. Eventually, Camp Abubakar, the largest among MILF’s camps, fell into the hands of the AFP. And, undeniably, the overwhelming victory of the AFP in Camp Abubakar was the result of sustained air operations in which the 20th Attack Squadron took part. Today, the 20th Attack Squadron continues to serve and actively participate in the government’s effort to keep the democracy alive which shall lead to a stronger republic.



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