PRIDE OF PASSI CITY: Major General Stephen Palomado Parreño is the new Commanding General of Philippine Air Force!
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led the change of command ceremony of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at the Villamor Air Base on Tuesday, December 20 wherein Major General Stephen Palomado Parreño formally assumed as new PAF chief, replacing Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony Canlas Sr., who retired from the service.
Parreño is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sambisig” Class of 1991 where he was the lone “Starman”, a highly distinguished cadet for both academics and conduct, and graduated as class salutatorian.
Before he was appointed PAF chief, Parreño held various key positions and responsibilities in his military career, among them as PAF acting vice commander, PAF chief of air staff, and Air Force inspector general chief.
He was greatly involved in the air mobility efforts of the PAF during the Battle of Marawi where he has flown as a flight commander of the C130 flights, flying to and from Guam and Arizona to the Philippines, to pick up and transport logistics to sustain the joint operations.
Parreño was a member of the PAF Flying School Class of 1993 wherein he graduated No. 3 and received the Chief of Staff saber award.
He also earned the distinction as one of the very few PAF officers to complete the Curso de Estado Mayor (General Staff Course) in Madrid, Spain.
A native of Passi City, Parreño finished his elementary and high school education at Central Philippine University.