William Hotchkiss III

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William Hotchkiss III
Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Assumed office
August 29, 2012
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byRamon Gutierrez
24th Commanding General
of the Philippine Air Force
In office
November 29, 1996 – 1999
PresidentFidel V. Ramos
Joseph Ejercito Estrada
Preceded byLt. Gen. Nicasio Rodriguez, Jr.
Succeeded byLt. Gen. Willie Cacdac Florendo
Personal details
Born (1943-01-08) January 8, 1943 (age 76)
Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, Commonwealth of the Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Spouse(s)Maria Teresa Paloma y Escano-Hotchkiss
ChildrenKarla Hotchkiss
Tanya Hotchkiss
William E. Hotchkiss IV
Steven E. Hotchkiss
Alma materPhilippine State College of Aeronautics
ProfessionMilitary
Military service
Allegiance Republic of the Philippines
Branch/servicePhilippine Air Force
RankGeneral Lieutenant General
CommandsCommanding General, PAF
Elite Blue Diamonds of the PAF

Lieutenant General William K. Hotchkiss (born January 8, 1943) is the former Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. He is also the current President of the Cantilan Bank, a rural bank in Surigao del Sur. He became the 24th commanding general of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

He served various positions in preparation to the more demanding position in the PAF. He was a member of the famed Blue Diamonds, a combat ready pilot. On November 29, 1996, he became the Commanding General of the PAF. Further, in line with environmental protection, he is an ex officio member of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

Military career[edit]

Hotchkiss joined the Philippine Air Force as cadet in Philippine Air Force Flying School in 1962 where he graduated in 1964. He became an instructor pilot after graduation.

In 1966, he joined the 5th Fighter Wing in Basa Air Base where he stayed for ten years and became a member of Elite Blue Diamonds of the Philippine Air Force. He flew 79 combat sorties against the enemies of the state at that time.

Over the years of dedicated service in the Philippine Air Force, he garnered several awards and decorations, in recognition of his professionalism and outstanding contribution and was assigned to different key sensitive positions up the ladder until he assumed position as the 24th Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force in November 29, 1996 until 1999.

Cantilan Bank[edit]

After his retirement in 1999, Hotchkiss joined the Cantilan Bank, a rural bank jointly founded by his father and sixteen other incorporators in 1980.

Now, it holds distinction as the most recognized rural bank in the country and the only community bank that is compliant with international standards.

Currently, Hotchkiss is the president and chairman of the board of Cantilan Bank.

CAAP Director General[edit]

In August 29, 2012, Hotchkiss was appointed as director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), ending a two-month stint as a mere director and officer in charge of an agency vital to aviation reforms.

He is the former Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. He is the current President of the Cantilan Bank, a rural bank in Surigao del Sur. He became the 24th commanding general of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

He served various positions in preparation to the more demanding position in the PAF. He was a member of the famed Blue Diamonds, a combat ready pilot. On November 29, 1996, he became the Commanding General of the PAF. Further, in line with environmental protection, he is an ex officio member of the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

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