The battle against insurgency which has been running for over a quarter of a century in the Philippines cannot be won by conventional military means alone. It is also a battle in winning the hearts and minds of the masses. This can be achieved through the conduct of Civil-Military Operations.
Hornet Flight-Davao has played part in several CMO activities in coordination with other government units in the area. These activities, in no small amount, touched people’s lives, which in the bigger picture played a part in winning the battle against insurgency. The 206 THS personnel deployed in Davao make their contributions in CMO by working hand in hand with the Tactical Operations Groups (TOG 10, TOG 11 and TOG 12) and other AFP units in the area in conducting these activities. One such activity was a Medical Civil Affairs Program (MEDCAP) conducted in Brgy New Tubigon, Sibagat, Agusan Del Sur in coordination with the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion and 402nd Brigade. The 206 THS aircrews in the area were able to airlift 28 medical personnel and 10 cartons of assorted goods and medicines. A total of three hundred seventy three (373) constituents of Brgy New Tubigon benefitted in the said program which includes 43 circumcision operations, 21 dental and 310 medical consultations.
Relief operations mission was also performed to the affected areas of flood in Matina Pangi, Davao City brought about by continuous rain in the area. There were a total of ninety (90) sacks or four thousand five hundred (4500) lbs of relief goods that were ferried which is a great help for the people in the affected areas of flood.
Medical Evacuation of four (4) ailing civilians and one (1) doctor from Brgy Upper Suyan, Malapatan , Saranggani Province (GC 51N 734 695) to RBAS , General Santos City was also made possible through the efforts of Air Commando deployed in Davao in coordination with 73rd Infantry Batallion, Philippine Army and Tactical Operations Squadron at Raha Buayan Air Station.
This simple act only shows that the role of the military is not always in times of war but also in preserving peace and promoting National Development.