Female aviators shine in Pacific Angel 23-3: Strengthening partnerships, demonstrating excellence

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  • By 1st Lt Angela Ikeda
  • Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Over 100 Airmen from the United States Air Force joined forces with the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) in support of Pacific Angel 23-3 Brunei. The joint efforts between the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and the RBAirF has not only expanded their capabilities but also reinforced the importance of fostering enduring relationships.

"Working with the RBAirF has truly been an exceptional experience, where we've not only improved our Search and Rescue capabilities but also bolstered trust between two Air Forces," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Kimberly Albanese, Weapons Officer, 33rd Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan. "Witnessing the RBAirF's remarkable piloting skills and expertise in jungle operations has been incredibly valuable. As women's roles in the military continue to evolve, it's vital for us to stand together, fostering a respectful environment and embracing diverse leadership opportunities."

Pacific Angel 23-3 encompasses not only aircraft operations but also nurtures a long-term relationship and sustainment culture between the two air forces. Through collaboration and training, PACAF and the RBAirF have enhanced combined readiness and interoperability, with a focus on search and rescue and humanitarian assistance/disaster response operations.

“Maj Azriana and her fellow female personnel in the RBAirF exemplify unwavering dedication, proving that gender knows no bounds when it comes to strengthening our nation's defense,” said Royal Brunei Air Force 829 Major (U) Azhar @ Reamy Hj Jumat Staff Officer 2, Aviation Safety. “With steadfast determination, they stand at the forefront, forging a path towards a better and more resilient RBAirF, where the only limits are the ones they choose to break. Their professionalism and expertise are remarkable and contribute significantly to our success."

One of the highlights of this year's mission has been the outstanding performance of female aviators, who have played a crucial role in executing search and rescue missions with precision and excellence. Their contributions underscore the value of varied perspectives in enhancing operational effectiveness in the military.

"Pacific Angel has provided us with invaluable insights, allowing us to exchange experiences and best practices,”said Royal Brunei Air Force Maj (U) Dk Nurazriana Pg Hassanan, Pilot 11 Squadron, No. 1 Wing, Operations Group, Royal Brunei Air Force, the co-host for the Table Top Exercise (TTX). “Hopefully we will continue such collaborations to enhance our interoperability and interactions, as we develop our people-to people relationship across all tiers and professions through partnership and synchronization with the Pacific Air Forces."

“I cannot express how humbled and proud I am to work with Maj Azriana and all of the RBAirF Airmen who participated in Pacific Angel,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Elizabeth Holloway, pilot assigned to the 39th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Space Force Base, Florida. “The expertise and capabilities Maj Azriana demonstrated as a pilot and officer highlight not only her airmanship, but the level of advanced skill sets found within the Royal Brunei Air Force.”

Pacific Angel 23-3 encompasses a range of activities, including exercises, civil-military operations, and military exchanges, all of which contribute to the preservation of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. This collaborative effort with the Royal Brunei Air Force underscores the value of working closely with Allies and partners to promote shared values and international norms.

“It was great to see leadership roles in Pacific Angel led by USAF and RBAirF female Airmen,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Sarah Russ, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Pacific Air Forces Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements. “This serves as a testament to their competence and resilience in the field of aviation and their commitment to making a positive impact in the Indo-Pacific region.”