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AIR FORCE NEWS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Chairman
COL Tan Swee Bock

CONTENTS

CONTENTS

EXERCISES
The Union of Hearts and Minds – EX Elang Indopura 06 RSAF Participates in Regional Multilateral Exercise – EX Pitch Black 06 Together Defending our Skies – EX Air Guard 06 RSAF Participates in FPDA Exercise – EX Bersama Padu 06 Integrating our Land and Air Forces – EX Urban Dominance 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12-14 15-18 19-20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24-25 26 26 27 28 29 29 29 30 30 30 31 31 31

OVERSEAS NEWS
Our Peacekeepers Return to the Gulf Peace Vanguard Logistics Receives Appreciation Plaque from Boeing

Members
LTC Sebastian Benhur LTC Lim Boon How LTC Humphrey Chin MAJ Dalbir Singh MAJ Pao Hung Ling MAJ Michael Wong Ms Lily Liew Mrs Christine Chia Ms Felicia Gwee

LOCAL NEWS
RSAF’s State-of-the-Art Air Mission Trainer Continuing a Culture of Safety Towards a 3rd Generation RSAF − Cascade Briefing Presidential Garden Reception 2006 Transforming Training and Learning For a 3rd Generation RSAF Temasek Seminar 2006 Opportunities for RSAF Senior Technicians in the Aerospace Industry RSAF-STEE-SatComS MOU Signing RSAF Mess Society Annual General Meeting 2nd Annual WOSA Forum

EDITORIAL BOARD Editor
MAJ Dalbir Singh

FEATURE
Celebrating Our Nation’s 41st Birthday – NDP 2006

COVER STORY
RSAF celebrates its 38th Birthday

Assistant Editors
Ms Amanda Wong CPT Lim Yu Sing

AIR FORCE 21 VISION
3rd Generation RSAF through Innovative Concepts

AWARDS/CEREMONIES
Former Chief of Air Force Receives US Legion of Merit The 37th Command and Staff Course Graduation Ceremony The SAF Best NSman Awards 2006 The 03/06 RSAF Combined Graduation Ceremony The Honorary Wings Presentation Ceremony Dreams Fly High with the RSAF – The SAF Overseas and Merit Scholarships 2006

Staff Writers
Zou En Samuel Darius Goh

Photographer
Yeow Choon Hong

YOUR HEALTH!
The RSAF’s New Ambulances RSAF Health Seminar 06/07: A Safer Workplace, A Healthier You! Training RSAF’s Workplace Health Promotion Officers

The opinions and views are those expressed by the writers and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the RSAF or the Ministry of Defence. The material in Air Force News is not to be reproduced in whole or in part without the written consent of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Air Force News bids a fond farewell to Ms Germaine Ho, CPL Yen Zhao Yi, CPL Ang Hou Fu, CPL Ashok Narandran and CPL Huang Wei Qiang, and would like to express appreciation for their invaluable contributions. We wish them well in their future endeavours. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to Ms Amanda Wong as our new Assistant Editor.

OUR PEOPLE
Building Lives – LTC S. Amudhan Seizing the Day – CPL Pan Zheng Xiang

VISITS
Peace Carvin II Working Visit Peace Prairie & Peace Vanguard Working Visit Air Officer Commanding Number 1 Group, Royal Air Force Chief of Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force Farewell Visit

BUZZ AROUND THE BASES
PS(DD) visits Changi Air Base and Air Force School Inaugural RSAF Annual Staff Talks with Indian Air Force Workplace Safety and Health Advisory Committee visits the RSAF CDF Visits 145 SQN, Changi Air Base Changes in Command and Senior Appointments

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The Union of Hearts and Minds – EX Elang Indopura 06

The RSAF’s F-5 aircraft taking off in quick succession.

Two TNI AU F-5 aircraft taking off simultaneously.

Exercise Elang Indopura is a bilateral exercise, conducted biennially by the RSAF and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU). This year’s exercise was the 14th in the series since its inauguration in 1980. The exercise began with a Command Post Exercise (CPX) held at Paya Lebar Air Base (PLAB) from 3 - 5 Jul 06. The Air Manoeuvre Exercise (AMX) was conducted from 11 - 22 Jul 06 at Iswahyudi (IWJ) Air Base. This year, the RSAF and TNI AU participated with a total of 17 aircraft and more than 300 personnel. In order to achieve the synergy the exercise required, RSAF pilots had to go the extra mile to understand the local operating procedures and to explain their ow n . S a i d R S A F F 5 pilot, MAJ Adrian Teo (left), “Our Indonesian counterparts were keen to better understand our type of operations and we were pleased to take the time to engage in mutual sharing.” TNI AU F-5 pilot, MAJ Samsul Rizal (left) was glad for this learning opportunity. “Working with the RSAF pilots was a very great experience. We got to share our knowledge with the RSAF.” The spirit of mutual sharing and learning is one of the key objectives of this year’s exercise, and fosters the close friendship between the two air forces. RSAF Exercise Director, COL Peter Ware (left) explained, “The main purpose is to promote professional interaction, understanding, goodwill and friendship

between the two air forces. Exercise Elang Indopura allows us to operate at the personal level, all the way down to the junior ranks and the squadrons.” TNI AU Exercise Director, COL Abdul Muis (left) shared similar sentiments, “The most important thing is to maintain good bilateral relations between TNI AU and RSAF.” “Some of the officers, especially the young officers from both sides, have already become close friends,” he added. As a further gesture of goodwill to the local Indonesian community, the RSAF and TNI AU worked hand in hand to provide socio-civic aid to the people of Madiun where the IWJ Air Base was located. On 15 Jul 06, 700 food packages donated by the RSAF were distributed. Furthermore, a group of medical personnel comprising doctors, surgeons, dentists and medical support staff from both air forces tended to a total of 300 patients. Head of the Maospati village, Mr Supardi (left) said, “The people of this town feel very happy about the socio-civic activities, especially the medical treatment.” TNI AU Medical Officer, CPT (DR) Santoso (left) added, “The people responded positively to this activity and they thank the RSAF for their participation and attention.” The RSAF medical team was glad to have been a part of the experience. “We

have actually reached out to those who really need our assistance. I feel proud to represent the RSAF medical service.” RSAF Medical Officer IC, CPT (DR) Chua Choon Guan said earnestly. The bilateral exercise concluded with a closing ceremony held on 21 Jul 06 at IWJ Air Base. Chief of Air Force, RSAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, and Chief of Staff, TNI AU, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Herman Prayitno presided over the ceremony.

COL Peter Ware distributing food packages to the local community of Madiun.

CPT (DR) Chua Choon Guan attending to a local patient.

The Chiefs of both Air Forces inspecting the parade form-up at the closing ceremony of the exercise at IWJ Air Base.

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RSAF Participates in Regional Multilateral Exercise – EX Pitch Black 06
The RSAF participated in a multilateral air defence exercise, code-named Exercise Pitch Black, in Darwin, Australia from 31 Jul - 18 Aug 06. The largest in the region, and hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), this biennial exercise also included participants from the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF). Exercise Pitch Black provides high complexity Air Combat training opportunities for all participants. For this year’s exercise, the RSAF deployed F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-5 fighters, KC135R air-to-air refuelling tankers, E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft, and I-Hawk and Mistral ground-based air defence systems. Other participating aircraft included F/A-18 and F-111 fighters, B-707 tankers, AP-3C Maritime Patrol aircraft and C-130 transport aircraft from the RAAF, F-16 Fighting Falcons from the RTAF, and E-3D Airborne Early Warning aircraft from the RAF. COL Sarbjit Singh (left), RSAF Exercise Commander, commenting on RSAF’s key takeaway from Exercise Pitch Black, said, “Besides providing the RSAF with an invaluable opportunity to conduct air operations under realistic training scenarios, Exercise Pitch Black also enhanced interoperability, mutual understanding and friendship between the RSAF and the four other participating air forces.”

Chief Of Staff (Air Staff) / Head Air Operations, BG Charles Sih Seah Wee presents Air Commodore Geoff Brown a memento during Exercise Pitch Black 2006 at RAAF Base, Darwin.

An RAAF F/A-18 Falcon taking off for a practice sortie in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2006.

Commanding Officer of 75 SQN, RAAF, Wing Commander Stephan Robertson welcoming COMD 149 SQN, LTC Chua Hock Leong upon his arrival at RAAF Base Tindal.

RSAF ground crew conducting final pre-flight preparations for the F-16D fighter aircraft at RAAF Base Darwin.

Together Defending our Skies – EX Air Guard 06
of six Mistral air defence missile systems and a P-STAR (Portable Search and Target Acquisition Radar) from the RSAF to provide air defence protection against simulated air attacks. One of the benefits of the exercise was the mutual sharing and learning between the two air forces. “There was a lot of knowledge sharing amongst our crew. The Royal Brunei Air Force is professional, and we continue to share and learn from each other’s culture and philosophy on training and safety.” said COMD Divisional Air Defence Group, COL Koh Teow Huat (above). Th e R B A i r Fo r c e Commanding Officer, Air Regiment, LTC Haji Zainal Abidin bin Haji Ya’akub (left) also expressed his appreciation of the exercise and the mutual benefits it brought to the air forces. “This is an eye-opener into the wider concept of Air Defence... After years of bilateral exercise, each side understands the differences as well as similarities in operating concept and working culture.” One of the NSman participants, 3SG (NS) Samuel Lim (left), shared his experience saying that “this is a very good opportunity and is definitely beneficial for us to work hand in hand with our foreign counterpart. We can share our experiences for mutual gains.” Since its inauguration in 1994, Exercise Air Guard has provided an excellent opportunity to enhance the interoperability and close co-operation between the two air forces. It also reflects the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Brunei.

RB Air Force Commanding Officer, Air Regiment, LTC Zainal, trying out the RSAF Mistral air defence missile system.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Royal Brunei Air Force (RB Air Force), conducted an air defence deployment exercise code-named Exercise Air Guard from 19 Aug - 4 Sep 06. The annual bilateral exercise, twelfth in the series, involved a total of 75 personnel from the two air forces. For the first time, NSmen from 18 Division Air Defence Artillery (ADA) Battalion participated in the bilateral exercise with the RB Air Force. Held at the SAFTI-LFA (Live Firing Area), Exercise Air Guard saw the deployment

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RSAF Participates in FPDA Exercise – EX Bersama Padu 06

Permanent Secretary (Defence), Mr Chiang Chie Foo, boarding an RSAF CH-47D Chinook to observe the exercise.

2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, interacting with overseas participants during his visit to the exercise complex at PLAB.

CDF, LG Ng Yat Chung, expounding on the importance of joint defence exercises among the FPDA partners.

The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) joint exercise, code-named Exercise Bersama Padu, which means “United Together ”, was held from 4 - 22 Sep 06. This inaugural exercise was hosted by Singapore with the aim of enhancing the interoperability, operational capability and mutual co-operation among the armed forces from the five FPDA nations, namely Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Exercise Bersama Padu, the largest and most complex FPDA exercise to date, involved a total of 21 warships, 85 aircraft, 1 submarine as well as ground support components. The RSAF participated in the exercise with 12 x F-16 Fighting Falcons,

8 x F-5S/T Tigers, 2 x Fokker 50 MPAs, 1 x E-2C Hawkeye, 1 x KC-130 Hercules, 1 x AS332 Super Puma, 2 x CH-47 Chinook, 2 x I-HAWK air defence missile systems and a 35mm Oerlikon Anti-Aircraft Gun. The exercise focused on the conduct of joint operations in a multi-threat environment. Personnel participated in operational level planning at the exercise complex at Paya Lebar Air Base (PLAB). The deployed FPDA forces conducted force integration training, tactical exercises and maritime security exercises within Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, as well as in the South China Sea. 2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen and Permanent Secretary (Defence), Mr Chiang

Chie Foo visited the exercise complex on 12 Sep and 18 Sep 06 respectively. The exercise also served to enhance regional peace and stability, and strengthen the FPDA’s ability to deal with the security challenges facing the region today. “As the security environment changes, the FPDA members must ensure that the FPDA activities remain relevant to the contemporary needs,” said Chief of Defence Force (CDF), LG Ng Yat Chung, during the Opening Ceremony of the exercise held at Changi Naval Base on 7 Sep 06. He added, “FPDA members have looked beyond conventional warfare to tackling non-conventional threats such as terrorism and maritime security.”

Integrating our Land and Air Forces – EX Urban Dominance
With military operations in urban areas becoming common and complex, it has become increasingly difficult to detect and engage potential enemies. The presence of non-combatant civilians in built-up areas also adds another dimension of complexity. In light of the rising importance of homeland security, the SAF has been developing its urban operations capabilities. Exercise Urban Dominance, conducted on 25 Jul 06 at the SAF urban training facility in Sarimbun, signified SAF’s enhanced urban operations capability. The RSAF participated in Exercise Urban Dominance with a pair of Apache attack helicopters for the first time. The stand-off and precision of the Apache’s Hellfire missiles makes it the logical weapon of choice to target heavily fortified enemies. Hence, the Apaches provide the SAF an added dimension in the challenging urban environment and enhance the success of the operations. The success of the exercise highlighted RSAF’s capability in integrated operations. The versatility of the RSAF in meeting new demands demonstrated her commitment to be mission-ready and capable of conducting a wide spectrum of operations in diverse operating environments as it continues on its transformation journey into a 3rd Generation Air Force.

A new asset in this year’s Exercise Urban Dominance: the RSAF’s AH-64D Apache attack helicopter provides unparalleled ground support and the ability to take out armoured enemy units.

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OVERSEAS NEWS

Our Peacekeepers Return to the Gulf
Ngooi (left), “What is different was that my previous role was to ensure that operations went smoothly, and were achieved professionally and safely. As NCC, I hold a higher responsibility because I have to ensure that national as well as strategic interests of our country are not compromised, in addition to ensuring that the detachment executes its missions safely and professionally.” Also returning to the Gulf for a second time will be the Detachment Commander, MAJ Lau Tee Chun (left). Said MAJ Lau of the importance of the mission, “This mission is different because of its importance at the national level. As a responsible member of the global community, I think Singapore is putting in effort to contribute to the global fight against terrorism. Although we are a small nation and a small detachment, I think the message that we are bringing across is a very big one: showing the world that despite our limited resources, we are prepared to commit a useful force to help out.” It is, however, LTA Yusri Abu Bakar’s first time to the peace support mission in the Gulf region. “With the preparation we have done and all the work in progress right now, we feel prepared and ready to go. I am very excited and looking forward to all the challenges that I might face. I am confident that these challenges will be overcome through teamwork and the extensive preparation ranging from the psychological to the physical that we have undergone to successfully conduct our operations,” said LTA Yusri (left). His sentiments were echoed by 2WO Shan Shiva (below, left). “Although it is my first time participating in this operation, and though the tempo of operations is very different from what we’ve been doing day-to-day, I believe that we are all well-prepared for this mission and that we will conduct it safely. I’m going with a very experienced group of people and I’m looking forward to learning some good pointers that I can employ in future operations.” To date, the RSAF has deployed three successful detachments to the Gulf: a C-130 transport aircraft detachment from 3 Feb to 4 Apr 04, and a KC-135 detachment from 4 Jun to 11 Sep 04 and from 20 Jun to 17 Sep 05.

Members of the detachment to the Gulf with SAF senior officers, including CDF, LG Ng Yat Chung (upper row, 12th from left), and CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern (upper row, 11th from left) at the send-off at CAB.

The RSAF sent a 35-member detachment to the Gulf region for operational duties from 13 Sep - 11 Dec 06. The send-off ceremony was officiated by CDF on 13 Sep 06 at Changi Air Base (CAB). Comprising 20 RSAF personnel and 15 civilian technicians from Singapore Technologies Aerospace, the KC-135 detachment is part of Singapore’s contribution to the multi-national efforts towards the reconstruction of Iraq. The RSAF KC-135 stratotanker will provide air-to-air refuelling for coalition aircraft operating in the Gulf region. Earlier on 24 Aug 06, CAF met the detachment personnel during a meet-the-people session and presented letters of encouragement to the RSAF participants at CAB. In expressing confidence in the abilities of the detachment, BG Ng (left) said, “The RSAF has prepared and trained you well to deal with the challenges and contingencies that may arise during this deployment. I have full confidence in the professionalism, operational readiness and psychological preparedness of our people, and that you will do the SAF and RSAF proud.” For LTC Francis Ngooi, the National Contingent Commander (NCC), this will be his second time deploying to the Gulf, though this time in a different role with higher responsibilities. Previously the Detachment Commander of the first C-130 detachment deployed to the Gulf region in 2004, LTC Ngooi brings with him, in his own words, “related operational experience that can add value to the detachment as well as the familiarity of operating in a multi-national environment.” Said LTC

Peace Vanguard Logistics Receives Appreciation Plaque from Boeing
On 14 Jun 2006, Peace Vanguard Logistics was presented with a plaque from Boeing (Rotor Systems) in appreciation of the support of production spares to them through a borrow-payback arrangement, which enabled all the Apache aircraft to be delivered and retrofitted on schedule. On behalf of Peace Vanguard Logistics, MAJ (then CPT) Jeffrey Sim Vee Ming, Senior Maintenance Officer (SMO), received the plaque from Mr. Al Winn, Vice President, Boeing (Rotor Systems). Mr. Al Winn expressed his deepest appreciation to the SMO and Peace Vanguard Logistics for “their total and reliable support to the Boeing PV Apache production line allowing deliveries of PVII aircraft to proceed on schedule”. In accepting the award, MAJ Jeffrey said, “Peace Vanguard Logistics will continue to forge a win-win partnership with Boeing, a close and important partner in our defence ecosystem.”

Senior Maintenance Officer, MAJ (then CPT) Jeffrey Sim Vee Ming (centre, right) and other representatives of Peace Vanguard receiving the Appreciation Plaque from Vice President, Boeing (Rotor Systems), Mr Al Winn (fourth from left) on behalf of Peace Vanguard Detachment.

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RSAF’s State-of-the-Art Air Mission Trainer
Integrated, full spectrum training for the RSAF
In the past, RSAF flight simulators were largely single-aircraft systems to allow individuals to train and hone their skills. The Air Mission Trainer (AMT), jointly developed by the RSAF, Defence Science and Technology Agency and Singapore Technologies Electronics Training and Simulation Systems Pte Ltd, is a revolutionary multi-role combat aircraft trainer that allows several aircrew to train on mission-oriented profiles with varying complexities in a systematic and realistic manner at the same time. Pilots can be linked in a multidome environment to fly in the same synthetic world, where they can either operate together as a single force against computer-generated forces or pit their skills against one another. In addition, pilots’ proficiencies in other areas such as team coordination, contingency planning and in-flight decision-making can be enhanced using the AMT. The AMT addresses the problems of limited training airspace and the need for cost-effective quality training by having up to 12 pilots to train simultaneously, allowing these pilots and sensor operators to train and co-ordinate their operations in a common synthetic environment. A demonstration of the AMT’s capabilities was conducted at a commissioning ceremony on 21 Aug 06 at the Flight Simulation Centre. The event was graced by 2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen (left). Said Dr Ng, “The AMT gives more effective opportunities and platforms for both pilots and ground control to co-ordinate. The fact that we are the first among many countries to have such a facility allows our pilots to be more efficient, their training to be more realistic and ultimately for our deterrent force to be more effective. This is a significant asset and indicates the close collaboration between the RSAF and other defence agencies to be able to evolve and communicate with one another.” Being the first of its kind in the region, the AMT illustrates the RSAF’s ability to employ innovative concepts in flight simulation

2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng getting a close-up view of the features of the AMT.

to achieve advanced system-level pilot training, and is another key milestone in the transformation of the RSAF into a 3rd Generation Air Force.

Key Advantages of the AMT
1. Effective Combat Training - The synergistic effect of several individuals operating together as a team. Mission Rehearsals - The time, cost and airspace required for large-scale mission training can be enormous, using MissionOriented Training to tackle various scenarios can be easily planned and executed in the AMT. Integrated Training - The AMT has the capability to train Mission Commanders. It also has the capability for variables such as adverse weather and uncooperative adversaries to be incorporated into the simulation. This allows commanders to exercise and hone their decision-making skills.

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A break-down of the key components that comprise the AMT. These include the Mini-Domes, the Computer-Generated Forces (CGF) Station, the Flybox Stations, and the Instructor Operator Station, which are connected via the High-Level Architecture (HLA) Network.

Chief Flight Instructor, Flight Simulator Centre, MAJ Lee Chih Fei demonstrating the capabilities of the AMT.

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LOCAL NEWS

Continuing a Culture of Safety
The first CAF Safety Forum for this workyear, organised by Air Force Inspectorate, was conducted at Pasir Lebar Camp on 27 Jul 06. Besides promoting awareness and educating servicemen on safety matters, the Safety Forum also highlighted recent developments in aviation safety and safety issues within the RSAF. With 504 participants, what was different about this forum was the adoption of a caféstyle arrangement. There was a designated ‘host’ at each table with host and co-host facilitators covering a particular aspect of safety. The participants also had the opportunity to move on to different tables after each round of discussion. These arrangements ensured a free flow of ideas and discussion. Presentations on safety issues

CAF (second from right), in earnest discussion with the Safety Forum participants.

Each table of participants shared their findings, thoughts and ideas with the rest of the participants.

by Head Air Force Inspectorate, COL Kevin Teoh, and DHAL (E), COL Thiam Boon Siong, were also part of the programme. The enthusiastic response and continuous

stream of comments and questions from the participants throughout the forum clearly indicated that RSAF personnel appreciated the importance of safety and that ensuring safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Towards a 3rd Generation RSAF − Cascade Briefing
The session featured briefings on the 3rd Generation RSAF as well as on the transformation of the RSAF under Project PHOENIX by Head Air Warfare Technology Office, MAJ Choy Dawen a n d DY H e a d Phoenix Office, LTC Mervyn Tan. Air Space Office c o n s u l t a n t , LT C (RET) Prasad Kumar Menon shared his personal reflections on the transformation of the RSAF from a historical perspective. Following the briefing, a panel comprising Chief of Air Force (CAF), BG Ng Chee Khern, COMD ADSD, BG Tan Meng Dui, Head Air Logistics, BG Tsoi Mun Heng, Head Phoenix Office, COL Hoo Cher Mou, and LTC (RET) Prasad Kumar Menon fronted the Question and Answer session. During the session, the panel tackled issues raised by participants such as right-sizing and training management. At the session, CAF shared his vision on the 3rd Generation RSAF and what personnel in the RSAF can expect and look forward to. “The 3 rd Generation RSAF will be a full spectrum, integrated force capable of decisively influencing and shaping the land and maritime campaigns. 3rd Generation really is about the capability to achieve not only Air Defence and Air Superiority, but to do more in terms of being able to decisively shape SAF’s campaigns,” said BG Ng.

The Question and Answer panel comprising (from left) Air Space Office consultant, LTC (RET) Prasad Kumar Menon, COMD ADSD, BG Tan Meng Dui, Chief of Air Force, BG Ng Chee Khern, Head Phoenix Office, COL Hoo Cher Mou, and Head Air Logistics, BG Tsoi Mun Heng.

In line with the RSAF’s transformation towards 3rd Generation capabilities, a cascade brief was organised on 31 Jul 06 at the MINDEF auditorium for key stakeholders and change agents in the RSAF.

Presidential Garden Reception 2006
significant contributions, and NSmen with outstanding performance during their incamp training were among those invited to the reception. Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean hosted the event for more than 800 MINDEF and SAF personnel. Top officials from both MINDEF and SAF such as 2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of State for Defence, Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee, and Chief of Air Force, BG Ng Chee Khern were present at the event. The informal atmosphere at the reception allowed warm interactions for all present.

Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean interacting with MINDEF and SAF personnel at the Presidential Garden Reception 2006.

CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern engaging in a light-hearted conversation with two senior RSAF Warrant Officers who were invited to the Presidential Garden Reception 2006.

The annual Presidential Garden Reception was held at the Istana on 9 Jul 06 in recognition of the contributions and

dedication of MINDEF and SAF personnel to the defence of Singapore. Active servicemen who performed well in training or had made

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Transforming Training and Learning For a 3rd Generation RSAF

From left: HAT, COL Tan Kah Han, COMD AFS, COL William See, CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, COS(AS)/ HAO, BG Charles Sih, and DY COMD AFS/COMD ADA Wing, LTC Yap Pik Hwee, during the Question and Answer session.

LTC Loh Siang Wei, WGCOMD AETI, briefing CAF and RSAF Senior Officers on the various instructional methods employed in AFS .

With the transformation of the RSAF into a 3rd Generation Air Force and the corresponding realisation of new capabilities and concepts, the people development element plays a critical role in maximising the individual’s potential. A one-day RSAF Training and Learning Seminar with exhibitions and workshops was conducted to promote the awareness of new approaches in training and learning strategies. The event, held at Air Force School on 7 Jul 06, attracted 800 personnel. The seminar kicked off with COMD AFS, COL William See, delivering the Keynote Address. This was followed by a series of presentations by Head Air Training, COL Tan Kah Han on “RSAF Training Transformation”, Director of the Centre of Educational

Development, Republic Polytechnic, Mr. Glen O’ Grady on “Instructional Strategies, Engaging the Learner”, Chief Executive Officer of eLearning Consultants Pte Ltd, Mr. Benson Soong on “How effective can eLearning be?” and Commander ADA Wing, AFS, LTC Yap Pik Hwee on ‘Active Learning Experience in AFS”. Interactive workshop sessions were also conducted in the afternoon where participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of student-centred training strategies and how such strategies could develop life-long, self-directed learners for a 3rd Generation RSAF. In addition, exhibits featuring various instructional advances in technological know-how relevant to RSAF training were also showcased.

Temasek Seminar 2006
Prior to the seminar, site visits to the SAF Centre for Military Experimentation and the Tactical Air Support Command had been organised for the students. As part of the visit to the SAF Centre for Military Experimentation, students were given the chance to pilot an F-16 fighter aircraft simulator. For Amanda Dizon (left) of Catholic Junior College, the experience was challenging, but also one close to her heart. “It was my first try on such a simulation. It was quite dizzying going round and round, and also quite hard to control. But I’ve always wanted to do this kind of thing because I’ve always wanted to be a pilot. I think this has opened possibilities for girls to try piloting.” Matthew Lee (left) of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), who visited the Tactical Air Support Command, found the Temasek Seminar 2006 an enriching experience. “I hadn’t visited an air force base before, so getting to see some of the equipment and people at work was quite refreshing. I was quite impressed with the 3rd Generation RSAF, how we’re moving towards having more unmanned aircraft and more technology. On the whole I found it very impressive.”

Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, interacting with students from various junior colleges at the Temasek Seminar 2006.

Select first-year students from junior colleges across Singapore had the opportunity to be part of this year’s Temasek Seminar, which was held on 26 Jul 06 at SAFTI MI. The seminar, organised by MINDEF Scholarship Centre, was first introduced in 1991 to encourage top students to consider a career in the SAF as well as to increase their awareness of the importance of defence and security challenges.

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LOCAL NEWS

Opportunities for RSAF Senior Technicians in the Aerospace Industry
Former RSAF Senior Technicians can now leverage on their considerable expertise and knowledge in aircraft maintenance to seek employment in the Aerospace Industry after leaving the RSAF. The Memorandum-ofUnderstanding (MOU) between the RSAF, the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS), and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) is a tripartite agreement which facilitates the smooth transition and conversion of RSAF servicemen into the commercial aerospace industry upon completion of their tenure with the RSAF. The MOU was signed at ST Aviation Services Co. Pte Ltd (SASCO) on 18 July 06, witnessed by Chief of Air Force (CAF), BG Ng Chee Khern; President, AAIS, Mr. Oh Wee Khoon; and Chief Executive, WDA, Mr. Ong Ye Kung. The Partnership for Aero-Career Conversion and Training (PACT) scheme reflects the collaborative efforts between the RSAF and the Aerospace industry to transfer relevant technical skills of our servicemen to the commercial industry. The first programme piloted under the PACT scheme is the RSAF-AAISWDA Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) Apprenticeship Programme. Under this programme, the training period for experienced RSAF Senior Technicians to obtain LAE status in the commercial aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul companies, will be shortened from the usual three to two years. This is made possible by the relevant knowledge, training and experience that the RSAF provides to its personnel. BG Ng said,“ The PACT scheme provides our servicemen with the opportunity to continue to apply their highly specialized and professional skills in the aerospace field, and have a longer career in the aerospace industry ”. AAIS is currently working closely with ST Aerospace and SIA Engineering company on this scheme, and with the aerospace industry experiencing good growth potential of 12.7% for the next few years, the scheme ensures that Singapore’s aerospace industry will have ready access to a reliable source of skilled and experienced workforce.

Seated from left: Chief of Staff (Air Staff)/ Head Air Operations (COS(AS)/HAO), BG Charles Sih, Executive Director, AAIS, Dr Aloysius Tay and Deputy Chief Executive, WDA, Dr Gary Willmott signing the MOU as (standing from left) Chief of Air Force, BG Ng Chee Khern, President AAIS, Mr. Oh Wee Khoon and Chief Executive, WDA, Mr Ong Ye Kung look on.

COS(AS)/HAO, BG Charles Sih and Executive Director, AAIS, Dr Aloysius Tay closing the signing with a firm handshake as CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, looks on.

RSAF-STEE-SatComS MOU Signing
The MOU signing ceremony, held at the STEE-SatComS premises, was graced by COS(AS)/HAO, BG Charles Sih and the President of STEE-SatComS, Mr Seah Moon Ming. The MOU was signed by HAL, BG Tsoi Mun Heng and Senior Vice President/ General Manager of STEE-SatComS, Mr Tang Kum Chuen. Said BG Tsoi (left), “With STEE-SatComS coming on-board and using the same certification, they will also level up and that will benefit us as well. I understand that both the people in STEE-SatComS and our own technicians are very positive about this scheme. Some of them have very specialised skills, and they appreciate the recognition that the scheme gives to them. This collaboration effectively merges the two so there’s a common knowledge base. This kind of collaboration will benefit us in the long run, and we look forward to future collaborations.” Said Mr Tang (left), “The RSAF technicians’ commitment to deliver quality as well as their priority on safety are the key attributes that we believe are beneficial, because we have a similar value system.” The RSAF and STEE-SatComS CME Recognition Scheme provides mutual benefits to both parties, and is a new milestone for the RSAF as it enhances the career opportunities for the CME/Senior CME non-aircraft technicians and combat-tech vocations. This collaboration is part of RSAF’s on-going efforts to seek out more career transition opportunities for its personnel.

HAL, BG Tsoi Mun Heng and Senior Vice President/ General Manager of STEESatComS, Mr Tang Kum Chuen signing the Memorandum-of-Understanding. Officiating the event were COS(AS)/HAO, BG Charles Sih, and President of STEESatComS, Mr Seah Moon Ming.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force and Singapore Technologies Electronics (SatCom and Sensor Systems) Pte. Ltd. (STEESatComS) signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding (MOU) on 27 Sep 06 that established the RSAF and STEE-SatComS Certified Maintenance Engineer (CME) Recognition Scheme. The scheme provides STEE-SatComS with a mechanism for their maintenance staff to be accorded CME recognition through RSAF. In addition, it gives due recognition to the technical competency of RSAF technicians when they leave RSAF as CMEs, should they take up a career with STEE-SatComS. The joint initiative levels up the personnel’s technical competence and optimises the experienced human capital in maintaining RSAF radar systems.

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RSAF Mess Society Annual General Meeting

Members of the RSAF Mess Society Central Management Committee, including, CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern and COS(AS)/HAO, BG Charles Sih.

Current President of the RSAF Mess Society, COMD SBAB, COL Tan presenting former President, COMD ADSD, BG Tan with a token of appreciation

The RSAF Mess Society held its inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18 Jul 06 at ADSD, Chong Pang Camp. More than 300 members attended this event. The formation of the society in Oct 04 was to consolidate the management of the 14 messes in the RSAF under the Central Management Committee of the society. In his opening remarks, former President of the society, COMD ADSD,

BG Tan Meng Dui noted, “the formation of the RSAF Mess Society is to achieve better management oversight on financial matters and centralisation of auditing services. The formation of this society also enables better interaction amongst the messes and her members.” At the AGM, BG Tan also handed over the presidency of the society to COMD SBAB, COL Tan Wee Ngee. On behalf of his new

committee and members of the RSAF Mess Society, COL Tan then presented a token of appreciation to each of the out-going committee members for the excellent service they had rendered to the society. The AGM rounded-off on a high note with a Gala Happy Hour. Members were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner accompanied by live entertainment.

2nd Annual WOSA Forum
expertise to anchor our fundamentals in support of transformation.” Echoing CAF’s sentiments was Chief Warrant Officer − Air Force (CWAF), SWO William Ng. “Warrant Officers and Senior Specialists will be playing a more direct role in transformation... As Change Agents, we need to communicate the management’s intent and advocate the need for change and we have to be engaged with the people to effectively inculcate and instill the desired values in our men, and monitor the well-being of the men.” Prior to this forum, a dialogue session was held between the Formation Commanders’ Conference (FCC) members and the Air Force Warrant Officers’ Council (AFWOC) members on 25 Aug 06 to discuss and outline the roles envisioned for AFWOC and Warrant Officers in the 3rd Generation RSAF.

The forum panel comprising, from left, Head PHOENIX Office, COL Hoo Cher Mou, COMD Air Defence and Operations Command, BG Tan Meng Dui, Chief Warrant Air Force, SWO William Ng, CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, COS(AS)/HAO, BG Charles Sih, HAL, BG Tsoi Mun Heng, and HAM, COL Tan Swee Bock.

Following the inaugural RSAF Warrant Officers, Specialists, and Airmen (WOSA) Forum that was conducted in Aug 05, this year’s forum was held on 28 Sep 06 at the SAF SISPEC’s Leaders Hall in Pasir Laba Camp. CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, officiated this forum, which provided a platform for the WOSA Corps to be updated on the latest developments in the RSAF and get a first hand appreciation of CAF’s guidance and direction for the RSAF. In this year’s WOSA forum, participants witnessed presentations on topics related

to RSAF’s Core Values from the WOSA Corps’ perspective, focusing on the fundamentals of “Professionalism”, “Safety”, “Discipline” and “Leadership”. The forum also provided an avenue for the WOSA Corps to raise their concerns and obtain clarifications on policies. Said CAF in his keynote address, “Our WOSA corps will play a crucial role in our efforts to reinforce fundamentals for the RSAF. You are the people who know best how things work on the ground, and you must therefore use this

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Celebrating Our Nation’s 41st Birthday – NDP 2006

Fireworks lit-up the sky in gold in a magnificent grand finale.
Our nation’s 41st National Day Parade (NDP) was a grand evening of ‘firsts’. Among these were a pre-parade carnival stretching all the way from Kallang MRT to the National Stadium, as well as the first ever fly-past involving the newlyinaugurated AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters. This year’s parade, however, was also the last to be held at the National Stadium. Spectators turned up as early as 11am to immerse themselves in the carnival atmosphere, tinged with excitement and nostalgia. Most came dressed for the occasion, transforming the grandstands of the stadium into a jostling sea of red and white. Organising this year’s Parade and Ceremony ( P & C ) S e g m e n t wa s COMD Divisional Air Defence Group, COL Koh Teow Huat (left). In tribute to the National Stadium, this year’s P&C Segment was an exceptional one. The parade contingents doubled in from six entrances instead of the usual four – a particularly difficult drill to synchronise and perfect. However, the men and women of the parade contingents, 331 of whom were from the Air Force, rose to the occasion, having started rehearsing as early as 18 Apr 06, during weekdays and weekends. “Though it involved a lot of hard work and sacrifice having to juggle between NDP and operational matters, as well as “burning” weekends and disrupting family life, the feeling and satisfaction one gets on seeing the fruits of our labour on 9 Aug is beyond words,” said COL Koh on behalf of all the participants. “As someone rightly put it, we get a lump in the throat on seeing the contribution of our labour and sweat to the celebration of our National Day.” NDP 2006 ended with a grand burst of fireworks lasting almost two-and-a-half minutes that had everyone cheering. An encore salvo of fireworks was fired minutes later, to the surprise and delight of spectators, to aptly round up the nation’s last birthday celebration at the National Stadium.

A new item this year – The AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters escorting the State Flag to the stadium.

A captivated child bearing both our nation’s colours and flag.

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Celebrating our Nation’s 41st Birthday – NDP 2006
1st Female RSAF National Day Parade Guard-of-Honour Contingent Commander – CPT Ong Suat Lin
It came as a surprise for CPT Ong Suat Lin of 163 SQN when she was given the rare opportunity to lead the RSAF Guard-of-Honour (GOH) contingent for NDP 2006 back in March, especially because she was to be the first ever RSAF female GOH Deputy Contingent Commander in National Day history. Though rehearsals started around early April this year, and involved countless hours of rigorous drills, there was not a hint of weariness in CPT Ong’s countenance at the parade. Said 25-year old CPT Ong, “I was surprised but very honoured, and very happy to be chosen... not only as the first female Deputy Contingent Commander, but also to lead at the last NDP to be held in the National Stadium.”

CPT Ong leading the Guard-of-Honour in the execution of the Feu-de-Joie.

The Apache Attack Helicopters make their debut at NDP 2006
Having been inaugurated less than one and a half months ago, 120 SQN – the first local AH64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter squadron, was busy establishing themselves. Nevertheless, the squadron was honoured to participate in this year’s NDP flypast. “It’s always an honour to be part of the biggest day of the nation. What is more significant is the fact is that we are showcasing the Apaches for the first time, and to be able to showcase it in such a prestigious event. To share it with the people excites all of us, especially the guys who are flying,” said CO 120 SQN, LTC Sew Chun Liang (left). During the parade, two of the squadron’s Apaches escorted the Chinook helicopter bearing a 20m by 30m state flag. They flew 200m above the stadium as the crowd sang the National Anthem. The Apaches were also featured at the end of the aerial display. One of the most technologically advanced helicopters in the world, the Apache is equipped with state-of-the-art Longbow Fire Control Radar. This system enhances target detection range and tracking ability, and precision strike capability

The AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters escorting the State-Flag at the fly-past over the stadium.

under all weather conditions. With its advanced avionics and weapons systems, the Apache effectively enhances the operational capabilities of the SAF for airland integrated operations.

Performing the perennial favourite: The F-16 Bomb Burst
It was LTC Lim Tuan Liang’s (left) first time leading the F-16 bomb burst for the National Day Parade. When asked about the crucial element that contributed to a successful performance, LTC Lim’s answer was, “Precision, discipline, and trust. Precision, because each aircraft must follow its flight schedule to the split second. Discipline, so that everyone does what they are supposed to do and that’s important because the aircraft are flying very close to one another. This naturally leads to trust – believing that we won’t hit each other.” It’s not simply a matter of flying from point A to point B. As LTC Lim put it, “We have to be at a specific point at a specific time.” In addition, the pilots had to grapple with environmental conditions and possible real-time changes. Flying from day into the evening would also affect ground visibility. Added LTC Lim, “There were a few elements we had to look out for such as changes in the weather, wind and the timing of the parade. We had to make a lot of adjustments to ensure everything happened at the right time. Being able to make split-second decisions was key here.”

President S.R. Nathan witnessing the bomb burst salute by the F-16D Blk 52+ fighter aircraft.

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Celebrating Our Nation’s 41st Birthday – NDP 2006
Mother Goose and his Geese
Why is LTC Jaspal Sidhu (left) called ‘Mother Goose’? According to him, “It’s like being the leader of the pack. I’m on the ground and I have to get all my geese – the pilots and their planes – together, give them directions, timings and coordinate them.” Being in charge of the aerial display for NDP is really much more complicated than it sounds. Having prepared and planned a year for a five-minute air segment, LTC Jaspal had to deal with contingencies such as aircraft emergencies, weather changes, and timing adjustments. The well-executed aircraft manoeuvres during the parade were a testament of LTC Jaspal’s hard work and meticulous preparation. As for the main challenge in his critical role, LTC Jaspal said, “As the pilots start flying, it gets more complex due to the numerous coordination and timing differences involved.” LTC Jaspal enjoyed his stint as Mother Goose, “I looked forward to my duties – every single time. It’s really a pleasure seeing all the aircraft fly over the national stadium with perfect precision and synchronisation.”
LTC Jaspal’s planning was especially crucial to synchronising high-speed aerial displays such as the F-16 afterburner fly-past.

Behind the Scenes – The State Flag Fly-past
For its brief yet significant appearance in NDP 2006, the State Flag fly-past took a tremendous amount of work and planning. The transportation of the State Flag to the Chinook take-off point at Changi Air Base (CAB)(East) was a complicated process as the flag, measuring approximately 20m by 30m, had to be rolled up flawlessly to ensure that it would unfurl smoothly in mid-air. On more than one occasion during rehearsals, said the rigging crew, the flag had to be unfurled and re-rolled to iron out flaws in the set-up. Once transported to CAB(East), it then took 11 men an hour to attach almost 1200kg of slings, shackles, and ballasts to rig the flag to the Chinook. Rehearsals for the rigging began as early as March. Said Air Maintenance Officer, LTA Chandru Sadhnani (left), “At the end of the day, the flypast at the stadium is for the whole nation – it is the pride of our country.” For the first time, the Chinook bearing the State Flag was escorted by the newly inaugurated Apache Longbow attack helicopters. This year, the flag-rigging team
Members of the flag-rigging team conducting preparations. The Chinook takes off from the runway at CAB.

also saw the inclusion of its first female specialist – 2SG Shannon Tong (left). Quipped 2SG Tong, “I feel very proud to be the first woman in this team. During the first few days, the guys were worried that I would injure myself. But as time went by they realised I could handle the job well.”

Another new addition wa s s e ve ra l N S m e n forming part of the flagrigging team. Said 3SG (NS) Tan Swee Beng (left), “I feel very excited and proud to be part of the nation’s birthday celebration... I hope to be back next year.”

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RSAF Celebrates its 38th Birthday
Air Defence Systems Specialist 1SG Raymond Quah Soon Kiat (left) from 160 SQN explained, “Being in a CombatTech vocation, good leadership is required in order to win the trust and respect of my men in the platoon. I will always continue to seek for ways to improve myself, the systems and processes, and not sit in my comfort zone.”

Walk-a-Jog
CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, inspecting the Guard-of-Honour at the RSAF 38th Anniversary Parade.

RSAF Day Parade
The RSAF 38th Anniversary Parade at Tengah Air Base, held on 1 Sep 06, concluded another year of military excellence. Chief of Air Force (CAF), BG Ng Chee Khern, presided over the parade. Led by Head Training and Organisation Development Branch, Air Training Department, LTC Leong Weng Wai, the parade featured contingents made up of RSAF formations Tengah Air Base, Paya Lebar Air Base, Sembawang Air Base, Air Defence Systems Division, Changi Air Base, Tactical Air Support Command and Air Force School and 2 Guard-of-Honour contingents made up of personnel from Field Defence Squadrons of the four air bases. In addition, there was also a Colours contingent comprising the RSAF and the 8 Regimental Colours. Despite the heightened operational tempo last year due to humanitarian missions for disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and a continuing global terrorist threat, the RSAF has surged forward in its transformation into a full-spectrum and integrated air force. BG Ng identified “organisation, people, technology and concept” as the “four main building blocks” required to transform the RSAF into a 3rd Generation Air Force. BG Ng also reminded all of the need to maintain the excellence displayed in the past year and build upon it in the years to come as RSAF undergoes transformation. “As we look forward to the exciting changes ahead, let us bear in mind that the confidence in the RSAF and in our transformation efforts is built upon our continued operational-readiness and a sound safety record. It is thus imperative that as we transform, we will continue to be vigilant and prepared, and stay focused on performing our taskings safely and effectively.”

Rounding up RSAF’s 38 th Anniversary celebrations was the RSAF Walk-a-Jog, held at SAFTI MI on 23 Sep 06. The event saw some 2200 participants from all RSAF formations. Funds totalling $198,219.67 were raised for the event, which far exceeded the target of $160,000. Of these funds, the Singapore Red Cross Society received $110,753.76 and the SAF Benevolent Fund received $47,465.91, while $40,000 was donated to the President’s Challenge. CAF, BG Ng, presented cheques representing these funds to the Singapore Red Cross Society and SAF Benevolent Fund at the event.

1SG Toh Hong Kuan receiving the Best Technical Specialist Award from CAF.

below, bestows recognition to airmen who display exceptional performance, outstanding knowledge and exemplary conduct. This year, CAF, BG Ng presented a total of eight Best Airmen Awards. 1SG Toh Hong Kuan, who participated in humanitarian relief efforts to tsunami affected regions as well as to the Gulf, was very happy to receive the Best Technical Specialist Award. “I’m very delighted and honoured to receive this award. I feel that the credits should go to my peers and seniors for their teaching and guidance. My parents and relatives are happy and proud of me.” Th o u g h a F u l l - t i m e National Serviceman in PLAB Field Defence Squadron by vocation, CPL Pan Zheng Xiang (left) won the Best Field Defence Specialist Award for his positive attitude and for constantly striving for perfection. “National Service is a meaningful journey. I believe it is important staying professional with moral courage, especially as a Field Defence Trooper, not allowing emotions to cloud judgement and decisions while transforming lessons learnt from case studies into effective experiences.” Though the award winners were delighted with their achievements, they made it a point not to rest on their laurels. Best

CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, presenting a cheque to the Singapore Red Cross Society on behalf of the RSAF.

Best Airmen Awards
The RSAF Best Airmen Award, the premier award for servicemen of rank 1SG and

BG Ng also acknowledged the top fundraisers for the RSAF Walk-a-jog at the event. Air Force School emerged the top fund-raising unit, while LTC Low Eng Siang (below), who has constantly been ranked among the top three fund-raisers since 2003, emerged as top fund-raiser this year with a total of $2,180 raised. Said LTC Low of what has driven him to diligently collect funds for the less fortunate, “It’s actually to walk the talk and lead my staff by example, to challenge them not to just meet targets, but to do their best. I want to do more for charity and this is one of the ways in which I can give back to society, and I am glad to be able to do my small part.”

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RSAF Celebrates its 38th Birthday
The RSAF Open House returned from a three-year hiatus this September at Paya Lebar Air Base. Families, avid aircraft enthusiasts and curious members of the public flocked in to participate in the ever-popular event, held from 1-3 Sep 06, despite heavy traffic and the strong, sunny weather. Crowd turn-out exceeded the expected figure of 100,000, hitting an estimated figure of 123,000. RSAF Open House 2006 did not disappoint, and spared no effort to make the show an enjoyable one for all participants. The static display featured the RSAF’s entire arsenal of aircraft and air defence systems, and allowed visitors to touch and board them, making it a truly interactive experience. The public also got the opportunity to observe the arming of aircraft like the F-16C and F-5S, as well as the latest weapons systems in RSAF’s inventory, the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter.
Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, visiting the various 3rd Generation RSAF exhibits. He is accompanied by Minister of State, Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee, CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, and COMD PLAB, COL Peter Ware.

Mediacorp artiste Fiona Xie and Project Superstar Jun Yang were also part of the elaborate programme to entertain the family. Even the RSAF’s latest Air Mission Trainer was open to the public. Not just a mere training simulator, this state-of-the-art equipment allowed visitors to engage in one of the most realistic and interactive simulations available to RSAF pilots. The most realistic experiences, however, came in the form of aircraft rides on the C-130, F-50, and for the first time ever, the Chinook helicopter. These rides proved so popular that a lucky draw system had to be implemented for lucky participants.
Technicians from 120 SQN arming the Apache Longbow attack helicopter in record time!

Exhibition zones set up in hangars featured stand-alone displays of the various parts and equipment of the aircraft. These include the F-16 jet engine as well as the various missiles carried on fighter aircraft, catering to every curiosity an enthusiast could have.

As always, the crowd-stealer was the aerial display. In line with the RSAF’s 3rd Generation transformation, the display simulated an integrated joint-strike operation on enemy ground forces. Performances that drew exceptional reactions from the crowds were the F-16D Blk 52+ aerial display, in which the aircraft pulled up to 9Gs of force with vertical climbs, as well as the simulated bombing display by the F-16s and F-5s.

Cross-service learning: Personnel from the SAF Armour Formation finding out more about the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

A captivated audience witnessing the might of the CH-47D Chinook helicopter as it raced effortlessly across the field with an under-slung Pegasus.

Being an event for the whole family, two sections termed ‘Young Aviator Zone’ and ‘Fun Zone’ were dedicated to the entertainment of the young. These featured, among others, an inflatable castle, a ball pool and even specially-loaned Playstation 2 terminals featuring aircraft fighter games, ‘Ace Combat 4’. Guest performers such as the SAF Music and Drama Company, SAFRA Radio DJs,

The AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter, already a star at the National Day Parade 2006, was once again a main crowd puller at the event. Its manoeuvrability impressed spectators at the aerial display, while an arming demonstration held at the static display fascinated those hankering for more.

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RSAF Celebrates its 38th Birthday
Said COL Peter Ware (left), Chairman of the Open House 2006 Organising Committee, “One of our main objectives is to increase public awareness towards RSAF capabilities, achievements, and a little on how we are planning to develop towards the 3rd Generation RSAF, as well as how we are training and developing to meet the demands of the future.” This objective was met with considerable success. Nearly all aircraft displays had a perpetual crowd viewing and learning more about the aircraft. Amidst the activities that were going on, Minister of State, Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee hosted a visit for various Members of Parliament and Grassroots Leaders on Sunday, 3 Sep 06 as part of the objective of raising public awareness and enhancing ties with the community leaders. Said Mdm Rajisvary (left), Chairperson of Tampines RC after the visit, “This is the first time I come so close to the aircraft and I’m very impressed. Our men are doing their best to defend our country and they certainly deserve the public’s support. I believe we are in safe hands.” Mr Chung Ting Fai (right), President of the Kowloon Club was impressed by the rapid development of the RSAF. “I was here for my full-time National Service 21 years ago, and now I can’t recognise this place! All the weapons and armaments are so advanced, and it’s very amazing.” Ms Indranee Rajah, Chairman GPC-DFA Tanjong Pagar Group Representative Constituency (GRC) expressed the renewed conviction she had gained from the Open House on the need for a capable Air Force, “The Open House showed us an impressive array of weaponry that the RSAF has acquired. To members of the RSAF, this is something they do every day of their lives, but for the members of the public, it’s new, it’s different, and most importantly, it helps them to understand what it is that the RSAF does. And what the RSAF does is something that is necessary, necessary if we
Chairman GPC-DFA Tanjong Pagar GRC, Ms Indranee Rajah stepping into the shoes of an Apache pilot.

want to maintain our independence, necessary if we want to maintain our freedom, and because of that we can stand tall and free.” The RSAF invited most schools in Singapore, and hosted these schools as well as at least six adopted homes on 1 Sep 06. Mr Loke Peng Mun of the Cheshire Home, was one of 20 members hosted at the Open House by members of Air Force School. “This is my first time at the RSAF Open House,” said Mr Loke cheerfully. “I liked the airshow most, every part of it. I’m very happy to be here.” A staggering 123,000-strong crowd visited the RSAF Open House 2006. Air Force News takes a closer look at what caught the most attention amongst all the popular displays.

Who: Darryl Ang, 12, and his father, C-130 pilot, MAJ Jeffrey Ang of 122 SQN. Where we found them: At the ‘Young Aviator Zone’, where Darryl, suited up like a pilot, had just had his picture taken against the backdrop of the F-16D Blk 52+ aircraft. “I decided to have my picture taken as I like aircraft,” said Darryl. Like father, like son, Darryl aspires to be a pilot in the RSAF. Though only 12 years-old, Darryl wowed his father and us with his firm vision for his future vocation. “I want to fly in the F-15 aircraft and protect the whole country!”

Who: Peter and Patricia Barlow with their two sons, aged 2 and 4 . Where we found them: Near the aircraft static displays. “I thought it was a good opportunity for the boys to have a look at the planes and helicopters – they’ve always been very interested in them,” said Patricia. “And also we’re all little boys at heart, we all like to see aeroplanes,” Peter quickly added jokingly. Though their sons were rather shy of the camera, they did respond to our question: “What did you like most at the Open House?” Their answer: “Planes and bouncy castles!”

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Who: Students from the Catholic High Primary School Youth Aviators Club, together with teacher-incharge, Mr Colin Sebastian. Where we found them: Hurrying out from the Chinook Joy Ride – not because they didn’t enjoy it, but because the down-wash was just short of blowing them off their feet. “It was awesome! I saw buildings and the water and the ships,” chirped Rupert Yan, one of the members of the club. “Basically this trip is to spark off the interest in these kids... It’s the chance of a lifetime for the kids and myself,” said Mr Colin Sebastian of the purpose of the visit. “It was definitely worth my Teacher’s Day holiday, without a doubt!” Who: Nicholas and Pearlyn Ho, with their twin sons aged 2½. Where we found them: Making their way from the Apache Longbow attack helicopter static display to the airconditioned Food Zone for lunch. “I’ve always wanted to see the Apache in real life,” said Nicholas, whose sons also shared his love for the aircraft. “Though they have visited the F-16 cockpit, I think they enjoyed the Apache air performances the most.” Nicholas also preferred the RSAF Open House to the Asian Aerospace. “I think it’s better because our kids can touch, feel, and go into the aircraft. It’s definitely a good show to bring the family to as it showcases the fact that we’re a first-class air force with modern equipment.”

Who: Wan Liang Xiang, a student at Sembawang Primary School. Where we found him: The information poster at the Apache Longbow attack helicopter static display, working earnestly on a school project which involved finding out, among other things, the different types of aircraft, and the top speed of the fastest aircraft found at the Open House. “I like the air force planes because they’re very well-equipped and interesting, especially the missiles and the machine guns because they’re very cool! I felt like a pilot when I sat in the F-16 cockpit and I felt very happy.”

Who: Mr Eng Yaag Whuang and his son, Javin Eng, 6, lucky winners of the first-ever Chinook aircraft ride. Where we found them: Waiting excitedly to board the Chinook. Mr Eng actually came with his wife and three children, Justin, Javin and Jasmine. As there were only two tickets for the lucky draw winner, however, he had to choose who to bring for the ride. “In the end, we settled it with ‘scissors, paper, stone’. It was totally unexpected, especially since I had no idea this is the first time the Chinook is open for rides. This is the first airshow for my family, and we’re all very excited. We’ll definitely come back for future RSAF Open Houses and hopefully we’ll be second-time lucky the next time round! ”

Who: Mahera Sulaiman, an engineering student at Singapore Polytechnic. Where we found her: Viewing the F-16 jet engine static display with two classmates. Apart from the rare chance to view aircraft up-close, both on the inside and outside, Mahera was especially fascinated by the sheer power of the fighter jet engines. “My favourite part of the airshow was the close-up view of the F-16s taking-off. The sound of freedom was just... groundshaking!”

Who: Elizabeth Tan, a student at Tampines Junior College. Where we found her: On her way to view the aircraft equipment displays inside a hangar. “I’ve been to Asian Aerospace twice before, but I really prefer the Open House as there are many more displays. It’s also less technical, so it’s easier to understand for girls like me,” she quipped. In fact, Elizabeth aspires to join the RSAF one day. “But not as a pilot; I’m too short!” said she with a laugh. “So I’m aiming to be a WSO (C3) instead.”

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3rd Generation RSAF through Innovative Concepts
As RSAF transforms into a 3rd Generation fighting force, it will become a full spectrum, integrated force capable of decisively influencing and shaping the land and maritime campaigns. Exploiting the confluence of new technologies and innovative concepts, it will develop new capabilities in unmanned systems, sensors and networks, and precision weapons to effectively serve as an integral player of the SAF campaign. To ensure that the 3rd Generation RSAF can meet the SAF’s operational demands, its operational strategies and concepts must reflect an integrated approach combining cross-domain and cross-functional capabilities. The key operation concepts need to be developed through concept exploration and system level experimentation, together with other Services as required. Two concepts that the RSAF can leverage on are Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) and integrated operations.

Network-Centric Warfare
Technology in itself is of little use if it is not complemented by appropriate concepts of employment. The RSAF needs to fully exploit and capitalise the employment of technologies to fully maximise and synergise the various war fighting capabilities. Sharing of information or information networking is one of the force multipliers that the RSAF can tap on. The evolving sensor technology is one such example. New sensors are now able to provide near real-time air picture with longer range and better accuracy. With a network of sensors, the result will be multiplied significantly through complementing individual sensors’ characteristics to provide better surveillance, detection, identification, tracking and designation capabilities. With such information, commanders are provided with a better situation awareness thus empowering them to make faster and accurate decisions. By exploring new concepts and technology, this information can be processed, analysed and distributed to any units or platforms real-time and will produce significant results. All these will promote a flatter C2 chain thus increasing precision and speed during operation, while at the same time allow accurate and fast information flow for commanders to plan and orchestrate missions at a faster pace and flexibility to alter missions should the situation require. Network-Centric Warfare will enable our commanders/troops to out-think, out-manoeuvre and out-shoot the enemy, culminating in absolute dominance of the battlefield.

“We must thus build on the competencies of the 1st and 2nd Generation RSAF to develop a 3rd Generation Air Force. The 3rd Generation Air Force would move beyond air defence and air superiority towards being a full-spectrum integrated force, capable of dominating the ground and sea from the air.” — BG Ng Chee Khern, then COS (AS), at Work Plan Presentation 2006

Integrated Operations
With the development of cross-domain and cross-functional capabilities, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and multi-role

HQ deploys Searcher (UAV) to survey the vicinity Live images captured are relayed back to HQ.

The F-16s are activated for an air strike. Their laser-guided bombs home in to the targets designated by the ground troops. The Apaches fire their Hell-fire missiles before moving closer to take out the remaining targets with their rockets and guns. The lead Apache designates the targets to the artillery guns.

HQ detects enemy armour vehicles and orders ground troops to track enemy movement. A ‘kill box’ is identified for the integrated strike to take place. Ground troops report mission success to HQ.

HQ orders commencement of integrated strike.

The ground troops track the enemy through live images transmitted from the searcher to the video receiver.

The AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters are activated. The lead Apache detects the targets using its Longbow Radar System and relays the information to the other Apaches and HQ.

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3rd Generation RSAF through Innovative Concepts
air attack for the armoured brigades to manoeuvre and advance to destroy a simulated enemy target. Exercise Wallaby provided the RSAF and Army with the opportunity to conduct operational experiments and validation which are difficult to conduct locally due to space constraints. Network-Centric Warfare was experimented through networking the various capabilities and developmental systems. Exercise Wallaby also witnessed the fielding of experimental systems for the first time in an overseas exercise. Exercise Forging Sabre was the first SAF unilateral integrated strike exercise conducted in USA. This exercise witnessed the live integration both vertically and horizontally, from HQ level to the platforms and ground troops and also between the Services. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles were deployed to survey the vicinity and provided live images. These images were relayed back to HQ and enemy targets were identified. Orders were given by HQ to commandos to track the enemy. Air strikes were conducted by F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft and AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters and artillery. All the capabilities came together as one integrated force to destroy the enemy target. Both exercises culminated with an integrated strike and live-firing demonstration. The success of these two exercises has helped the RSAF to validate the new concepts and provided valuable lessons where the RSAF can further develop and improve the concepts to take the RSAF to the level of the 3rd Generation RSAF journey.

“To exploit these technological advancements, we have to constantly refine our operational strategies and concepts. We need to develop stronger cross-service linkages so as to optimise the effects of air power for the SAF campaign.” — BG NG Chee Khern, CAF, at RSAF 38th Anniversary Parade fighters, the RSAF must leverage on integrated operation to deliver optimal results from these capabilities to give a bigger punch. The RSAF must work with the other Services, integrating the capabilities to achieve operational objectives more effectively. Integration provides more avenues to strike an enemy target. The hostile target can be taken out by an integrated air, land and sea strike mission.

Looking forward
Looking forward, the fast pace development in technology may be able to provide cost effective alternatives of surface launch precision strike missiles. This would significantly alter the concept of warfare. Having well tested concepts together with advanced technology, RSAF will be able to conduct seamless integration operations. With the proliferation of ballistic missiles in Asia region and that Singapore now falls within the range of countries that possess ballistic missiles. Minister of Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, has highlighted that Singapore’s air defence may need to address these and that the RSAF air planners have to see the extent to which we need to take into account the ability to detect and to protect ourselves against system of this type. As such, the RSAF must embark on the journey of continuous exploring and validating new innovative concepts of operation, to make RSAF more flexible, dynamic, resource efficient and operationally more effective and most importantly, keeping Singapore safe and free. “As we shift our attention towards shaping and influencing the land and maritime domains from the air, the unifying theme for both capability and technology to work around would be a Recognised Surface Situation Picture. We must acquire sensors that can detect targets of interest hidden under foliage or within urban terrain. We must also be able to track moving targets in all wealth conditions. We have to build a network that can sort and fuse the data from these sensors, which can then be used centrally to direct time-critical strikes and operational-level manoeuvres, or be distribute to fighters, UCAVs, ships, and battalions to support their tactical actions. To ensure seamless integration and minimise collateral damage, precision weapons can be designed to tap into the Surface Picture, so that what you see is what you hit.” — BG Ng Chee Khern, then COS (AS), at Work Plan Presentation 2006

Experimentation

“EX Forging Sabre was significant as it was the first live demonstration of the SAF’s integrated strike concept. We can expect more of such cross-Service exercises in the coming years that would help to hone RSAF’s transformational war-fighting concepts and capabilities.” — BG Ng Chee Khern, CAF, at RSAF 38th Anniversary Parade As the RSAF moves towards dominating from the air to shape the outcome of land and maritime battles, and also to perform the primary task of securing air dominance, the RSAF must continue to explore and experiment new concepts to take the RSAF to the next higher level. Two good examples that the RSAF has embarked on experimenting new concepts are Exercise Wallaby and Exercise Forging Sabre. Exercise Wallaby 05 was the largest air-land integration exercise between the RSAF and Army. Heliborne medical evacuation and resupply missions were conducted. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles were deployed for battlefield surveillance and targeting. The F-16s conducted strike missions and provided a battlefield free from hostile

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Former Chief of Air Force Receives US Legion of Merit

COMD PACAF, GEN Paul Hester, conferring the Legion of Merit on former CAF, MG(NS) Lim Kim Choon.

GEN Paul Hester conversing with MG(NS) Lim and COMD TAB, BG Gary Ang (2nd from left). Also present at the ceremony was Mrs Lim (extreme left).

Former Chief of Air Force, MG (NS) Lim Kim Choon, received the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) from the United States Government on 11 Sep 06. In a ceremony held at the United States (US) Embassy, the Commander of the Pacific Air Force (COMD PACAF), GEN Paul Hester, conferred the award on MG (NS) Lim Kim Choon.

The Legion of Merit is awarded by the US to foreign military officers with exceptionally meritorious service in helping to forge closer bilateral ties with the US. The award presentation also reflects the strong and long-standing defence ties between the US Air Force and the RSAF. “I am very honoured by this award,” said MG (NS) Lim.

The 37th Command and Staff Course Graduation Ceremony
International officers found the course an enriching experience, especially because of the mutual learning and sharing across a multitude of military backgrounds. S a i d W G C D R R a j iv Talwar (left) of the Indian Air Force, “My most memorable experience was working with the SAF people. I had a lot of interaction with RSAF officers, and I think I learnt a lot from them. And of course I’ve been able to give them a little bit of what I get from back home in India.” WSO (ADA), LTC Chia Chien Wei also cited the opportunity to learn on an international platform as one of his most memorable experiences in the course. “One of the most rewarding aspects of the course was the friendships that we fostered. Never do you get a chance to interact with so many officers from different backgrounds and services.” Though LTC Chia emerged as Top Air Force Graduate for the 37th CSC, he considered his achievement secondary to the knowledge and friendships he had gained through the course. “I’m honoured to be the Top Air Force Graduate in this course, but that is a bonus to me. As a student in the course, what was important was my learning as well as the learning of the people around me.”

Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean and Mrs Teo congratulating the graduating international officers of the 37th Command and Staff Course.

Top Air Force Graduate, LTC Chia Chien Wei, receiving an award from Minister for Defence, Mr Teo, for his achievement in the course.

The 37 th Command and Staff Course (CSC) Graduation Ceremony was held on the evening of 7 Sep 06 at the Istana. At the ceremony, a total of 112 graduating officers, 33 of whom were from the RSAF, received their certificates from Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean. Amongst the graduands were 12 international officers hailing from various countries including Bahrain, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States of America. The 36-week CSC is a key milestone in the leadership development of SAF officers. It prepares them to hold higher command and staff appointments and contribute to the SAF’s 3rd Generation transformational process. Said Mr Teo to the graduands at the ceremony, “Our people will always be the SAF’s and Singapore’s most precious

resource. You must therefore coach and motivate the men and women under your command to embrace change and contribute to this transformation journey. The course will have provided you a foundation in the knowledge and skills for higher command and staff functions.” E c h o i n g M r Te o ’s sentiments was graduating RSAF officer, MAJ Zakir Hamid (left). “I think the course covered many aspects of what I think is important for us in our transformation towards the future. It especially helps us in the area of knowledge that we need to master in order that we can lead the force in transformation better.”

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The SAF Best NSman Awards 2006
Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, at a Total Defence Awards Presentation Ceremony held on 28 Jul 06 at SUNTEC Convention Hall. Family members of the award recipients were also invited to attend the event. One area where DY CO of 163 SQN, MAJ (NS) Lee excelled in was that of commitment. MAJ (NS) Lee emphasised the need to keep in touch with RSAF’s current affairs. “The RSAF is working to transform itself into a 3rd Generation Air Force. That transformation is a very important process. What is important is for us to always stay abreast and be involved because you can’t contribute if you don’t know what’s happening.” In order to keep himself aware of on-going developments, MAJ (NS) Lee sets aside time to attend key events such as In-Camp training, NSmen Seminar and live-firing exercises, despite numerous commitments as both Director of Operations for Credit Suisse and also as a dedicated father of three. Fellow award-winner, planner, HQ 21 Division, MAJ (NS) Mahendran’s achievement is unique as he is the first RSAF NSman to have been nominated by the Army. MAJ (NS) Mahendran (left) was nominated for the Best NSman Award for his positive attitude towards training. “National Service instills discipline, courage, confidence and determination,” said MAJ (NS) Mahendran resolutely. “I view each given task as a challenge to get the job done right.” Their dedication to the SAF could not have been possible, however, without the strong support and understanding of their family members. “My wife is so proud of my achievement,” quipped Senior Technician, ALS-TASC, SSG (NS) Quek (above). “Without her support, I might not have been able to receive this award. Family support is very important to me, as only then am I able to focus on carrying out my NS duty.”

Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, presenting the SAF Best NSman Award to one of RSAF’s two winners, MAJ (NS) Lee Wah Seng.

Professionalism, commitment beyond the call of duty, high standards in training, and good discipline and attitude – these were the key criteria in the search for candidates for the SAF Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) of the Year Award 2006. This year, three RSAF NSmen, MAJ (NS) Lee Wah Seng, MAJ (NS) Dekshnamurthi Mahendran, and SSG (then 1SG) (NS) Quek Meng Tiong were selected for their exemplary standards in these areas. Together with 10 other winners from the Army and Navy, they proudly received their awards from

The 03/06 RSAF Combined Graduation Ceremony
experience was definitely a very challenging one. The entire training phase, however, was a learning experience intended to help us make a good transition into a fighter squadron.” CPT Chan (left), a SAFOS Scholar, emerged Best Trainee of the 124th Bravo Fighter Wings Course. OCT Sow Chai Huat (left), Best Trainee of the 20 th WSO (ADA) course, was one of only two NSFs to win the Sword-of-Honour at the ceremony. He overcame the pressure and difficulties of the course by focusing on “putting in his best effort in everything”. Though it is an exceptional achievement for an NSF to win the Sword-of-Honour, OCT Sow insisted that everyone had equal opportunity to win the award. “Everyone has an equal chance... It is attitude that matters. I don’t think it’s how good you are, but how good you want to be; so if you put in effort, anybody with any standard can make it.”

RCGC graduands posing with senior RSAF officers as a memento of their well-deserved graduation.

Proud parents, relatives, and friends gathered at the Air Force Museum to witness the graduation of 59 RSAF officer cadets at the 03/06 RSAF Combined Graduation Ceremony. The ceremony, held on 17 Aug 06, was officiated by COS(AS)/ HAO, BG Charles Sih, who presented the graduands with their certificates, ceremonial swords, and vocational Wings and Brevets. These newly commissioned officers also attended the RCGC Dining-In

ceremony, held on 20 Sep 06 at Paya Lebar Officers’ Mess, as part of the graduation celebrations. A sense of joy and achievement was prevalent among the graduands, as their courses had been demanding and challenging. CPT Chan Ching Hao, Parade Commander at the ceremony, overcame the demands and obstacles by viewing them in a positive light. “The

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The Honorary Wings Presentation Ceremony
Five RSAF Senior Officers received the TNI AU Honorary Wings from the Chief of Staff, Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU), Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Herman Prayitno at the Honorary Wings Presentation Ceremony, held at the Halim Air Base VIP complex on 21 Jul 06. The officers, Chief of Staff (Air Staff) / Head Air Operation, BG Charles Sih, Head Air Logistics, BG Tsoi Mun Heng, COMD Paya Lebar Air Base, COL Peter Ware, Head Air Training, COL Tan Kah Han and Head Air Intelligence, COL Tan Boon Kim were awarded the TNI AU Honorary Wings for their significant contributions in promoting close bilateral ties between the RSAF and TNI AU. At the same ceremony, CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern also presented the RSAF Honorary Wings to Assistant Chief of Staff for Security, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Iwan Sidi. Earlier on 4 Jul 06, CAF had also presented Deputy Chief of Staff, TNI AU, Air Marshal (AM) Wresni Wiro, with the RSAF Honorary Wings. The RSAF and TNI AU Honorary Wings are awarded as a symbol of both air forces’ appreciation for the contributions of individuals to strengthening bilateral relations between the two air forces.

Chief of Staff, TNI AU, ACM Herman Prayitno presenting RSAF senior officers with the TNI AU Honorary Wings. Here, he is pinning the Honorary Wings on COS(AS)/ HAO, BG Charles Sih.

CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern presenting Assistant Chief of Staff for Security, AVM Iwan Sidi with the RSAF Honorary Wings.

CAF presenting Deputy Chief of Staff, TNI AU, AM Wresni Wiro with the RSAF Honorary Wings at a ceremony held on 4 Jul 06.

Dreams Fly High with the RSAF – The SAF Overseas and Merit Scholarships 2006
OCT Jinfeng decided to become a WSO (UAV) for his own personal development. “My personality is the ‘pioneer’ type – I like to take on new challenges and find new areas to explore. From my conversations with Air Force officers, I’ve heard that UAV technology is going to be an area in which the RSAF will invest and develop.” For this reason, OCT Jinfeng, who had already been awarded the Overseas Merit Scholarship (OMS) by PSC, decided to accept the SAFOS and sign-on with the RSAF. “I think SAFOS scholars are expected to learn the necessary skills and knowledge and develop our leadership potential in a very short period of time. So it not only provides better career opportunities but greater challenges.” Five other RSAF personnel were awarded the SAF Merit Scholarship (SMS) on 16 Aug 06. The ceremony, also held at Temasek Club, was officiated by 2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen. For OCT Nah Jinping (left), one of the five RSAF SMS scholars and a pilot trainee, getting the scholarship was a step towards realising both her ambition to fly as well as her passion for working with and helping people. “I’m personally interested in flying, so I want to accomplish the course to set a personal milestone for myself. While I’ve sat in an Apache before, I’d rather fly transport platforms because I feel they deal with more real-world missions and humanitarian aid, such as the missions to Indonesia when they encountered the tsunami and earthquakes.” OCT Jinping’s passion for helping others is further evident in her choice of course that she wished to pursue – psychology. “I chose psychology because I’m personally a more out-going person and I like to deal with people, work with them and help them, and the RSAF is a people-centred organisation - a place where I can contribute.”

OCT Ren Jinfeng, WSO (UAV) and one of the five SAFOS recipients of 2006.

On 14 Aug 06, a WSO (UAV) officer cadet, OCT Ren Jinfeng was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship (SAFOS) – a scholarship second in prestige only to the President’s Scholarship. He received his ceremonial sword and scholarship together with four other cadets in a ceremony officiated by Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean at the Temasek Club.

The five RSAF recipients of the SMS (from left): Pilot Trainee, LTA Ng Guo Feng, Pilot Trainee, OCT Nah Jinping, WSO (Fighter), OCT Vanessa Lim Peixian, WSO (UAV) OCT Tan Xi Jie, and Air Engineering Officer, LTA Andrew Soon Yi Xiang

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The RSAF’s New Ambulances

The RSAF’s land-bound behemoths – the land rover (left), utilised for outfield missions, and the all-new urban ambulance on the right.

If you attended National Runway Cycling or the National Day Parade this year, you might have noticed brand new ambulances parked discreetly in a corner, ready to respond to any medical emergency. These are, in fact, part of the RSAF’s latest fleet of upgraded ambulances. Since entering service on 16 Jan 06, they have been used for numerous evacuations of casualties to hospitals, and have also been deployed to support several major events this year. The requirement for new ambulances was first identified in late 2002 to replace the ageing fleet of ambulances in the RSAF, which were about 13 years old then. Design and development of the new vehicles soon followed, and was spearheaded by HQ RSAF Medical Service and ALD. Not only were the ambulances designed to include the functions present in SCDF vehicles, they also had to address operational needs specific to the RSAF, which had not been adequately provided for in the previous fleet of ambulances. Nearly two years of design and planning came to fruition in December 2005. The result: A 3.25 tonne colossus, the biggest and most advanced of its kind in the SAF.

With so many additional safety features, it is no wonder that this new fleet of eight ambulances costs the RSAF a total of $1.1 million. One of the most prominent new features is the ability to contain and secure an Air Mobile Life Support Unit (AMLSU). This unit, present on some of RSAF’s transport aircraft, is important because it allows medical personnel to start the administration of intensive care to patients early, even while transporting them to hospitals. The RSAF’s new ambulances build on this feature, and are configured to hold these units in place of the cot stretcher. Thus, intensive care does not have to be interrupted while transporting a patient from aircraft to hospital via ambulance. With the new technology featured in the ambulances came the requirement for training. All medical staff had to undergo a three-day course. This aimed to teach them the correct and safe procedures for using the ambulance, and also to fully utilise the vehicle’s potential. Ambulance drivers, whose previous role was solely that of driving, also had to contend with new features, such as a rear-view camera for safer reversing and new icons indicating the status of the vehicle.

Furthermore, drivers were also taught how to operate some of the features, as well as to assist medical personnel in loading and unloading. Said Head Medical Ops, GS Branch, CPT (DR) Koh Choong Hou (left) of the training, “Everyone is now involved and our service has become more expedient. There is no duplication of effort, so it all becomes a very smooth and streamlined process, which was harder to achieve in the past because of the older equipment.” Despite the need for re-training in light of the new addition to the RSAF medical family, medical personnel and drivers were positive about learning more about the ambulances. Said Senior Medic, 1SG Richard Low (left), “On the whole, all of them are excited as it is so much advanced from what we had. It instills in them a sense of pride – it’s like getting new fighter aircraft.”

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The RSAF’s New Ambulances
6 These racks can be unfolded to hold two more lying casualties. Folded up, they serve as seats and allow for greater working space. Th e a m b u l a n c e c a n accommodate up to 3 lying or 6 sitting casualties.

5 The groove is configured to secure both cot stretcher and the Air Mobile Life Support Unit (AMLSU), which is an ICU unit present on several RSAF aircraft. This new feature allows medics to transport patients from aircraft to ambulance to hospital without interrupting the intensive care process.

1 The space in the new ambulances is wellplanned, and medical equipment are placed at strategic places. The oxygen tank, for example is placed at the heads of the casualties.

2 The 1.9m ceiling, never before seen in RSAF ambulances, allows medics to stand upright, which provides for unhampered patient care. Unless, of course, you happen to be unusually tall.

3 This seat, usually reserved for the resident medical officer, can be swivelled in any direction to provide mobility in managing v e h i c l e , c r e w, a n d patients.

4 Th e f l o o r i n g o f t h e ambulance is made of a non-slip material to aid the stability of medical personnel when the ve h i c l e i s i n m o t i o n , thus heightening safety standards.

Bright lights ensure good visibility at all times. Furthermore, all medical equipment in the rear cabin are powered by an independent secondary electrical source for further reliability. In the event that the primary source fails, medical equipment can be kept running for at least an additional four hours.

The roll-in cot stretcher provides for a smoother transition from land to ambulance. It is also flexible, and can adopt a variety of postures to cater to the patient’s circumstances and allow medics better handling.

A socket located on the right exterior of the rear cabin allows for quick charging when the ambulance is not being utilised. In the event of an emergency, where time is critical, medical personnel need not pull out the plug before driving off; the charging plug will auto-eject upon engine start-up.

The ambulance’s exterior is made of a specially coated fibre-glass which functions as an excellent insulator. Combined with the air-conditioned interior, this feature allows medical personnel control over temperature within the vehicle to suit their patient’s needs.

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RSAF Health Seminar 06/07: A Safer Workplace, A Healthier You!
and Health Act, is committed to meet, if not exceed the requisite standards stated. Occupational Safety and Health is defined as the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations. In his Opening Address, Chief Air Force Medical Officer COL (DR) Chong Chun Hon (above) highlighted that this definition underlined the holistic approach to be taken towards occupational health. “This is a multi-agency endeavour that is possible only with a strong management emphasis and good work culture.” The seminar included lectures by Occupational Medicine specialists from the National University of Singapore and Ministry of Manpower on principles of Occupational Health and office ergonomics respectively. In addition, there were talks by SAF Occupational Medicine specialists, who explained Occupational Health in military context, and further contextualised it to within the RSAF. These were insightful, as they showed the effort put in by the organisation in ensuring that workplace environments are kept safe and healthy to work in. Running concurrently with the health seminar was the health exhibition, which was held in the foyer outside the auditorium. Health educational displays and exhibits from HQ Medical Corps were set up for participants to view. In addition, companies involved in occupational safety and health came down to display their equipment. Other vendors were also down to sell their healthy lifestyle products at discounted prices, such as air fresheners from Good Aire and ASICS running shoes from Runners World Pte Ltd. Close to 450 servicemen attended the Health Seminar, and the participants went away enriched by the information gained from the seminar and exhibition.

CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern, accompanied by CAMO, COL (DR) Chong Chun Hon, visiting booths featuring healthier, safer equipment.

The annual RSAF Health Seminar has been organised since 1996 as part of the RSAF’s overall strategy for health education and promotion amongst its personnel. This year’s Health Seminar, held at AFS Auditorium on 18 Sep 06, was graced by CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern. Titled “A Safer Workplace, A HealthierYou!”, the seminar’s focus was on Occupational Health, in line with the national impetus of aligning workplace safety and health practices to a common standard through legislature. The RSAF, though exempt from the national Workplace Safety

Training RSAF’s Workplace Health Promotion Officers
environment conducive for their wellbeing. Since their appointment, FWHPOs have been actively involved in promoting healthy lifestyle activities in their respective formations. In order to better equip the FWHPOs with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their concurrent appointment, they attended a course, coordinated by Air Force Medical Services (AFMS) together with the Ministry of Health, from 27 - 29 Sep 06. “ Wo r k p l a c e h e a l t h promotion is important to all organisations, and that includes the RSAF. If the workforce is healthy, there will be better productivity, and there’s also going to be good economic gain,” said training instructor and Senior Principal Physiotherapist at the Singapore General Hospital, Mr Abdul Rashi Jailani (above) on the importance of workplace health and safety. FWHPO and Head PAC, Tengah Air Base, LTC Humphrey Chin (left) concurred. “I think workplace health cannot be underestimated. As the RSAF is a combat oriented organisation, you need trim and fit people who lead balanced lifestyles. If we want a healthier and more productive workforce, we must be able to promote workplace health at both the organisational level as well as the individual level.” Fellow FWHPO and Head PAC Air Force School (AFS), Miss Felicia Gwee (left), found the course interesting and especially useful to her understanding of her new appointment and how to better carry it out. “I’ve already started a WHP Committee going, but now I have more knowledge to make it more effective. We now aim to make work and life in AFS more meaningful and enjoyable.”

Workplace Health Promotion Officers learning simple exercises that help increase both health and productivity at the workplace.

In line with the Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) Programme initiated by the Ministry of Health, RSAF Formation Commanders appointed Formation Workplace Health Promotion Officers (FWHPO) in Feb 06 to assist them in effecting a holistic approach to workplace health promotion as an integral part of the formation’s workplan. Workplace health promotion seeks to continually improve and maintain the health of our servicemen through education, training and a workplace

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Building Lives – LTC S. Amudhan

LTC Amudhan with students from the kindergartens that Coast2Coast built in Bandah Aceh. Here, the children are dressed up for a performance held during the handover ceremony.

LTC Amudhan bringing colour and life to the reconstructed kindergartens in Bandah Aceh.

In his National Day Rally 2006 speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted efforts by groups of Singaporeans to “engage and participate in shaping the character and life of our society”. One such group cited by PM Lee was the humanitarian group Coast2Coast from West Coast GRC. One member of this humanitarian group was CO, PLAB Field Defence Squadron, LTC S. Amudhan. Though LTC Amudhan hails from Tampines GRC on the other

side of the island, he heard of Coast2Coast’s efforts, and decided to become part of their project. On 5 Dec 05, he left for Bandah Aceh to rebuild two kindergartens, and consequently, the lives of the tsunami victims in Aceh. Air Force News catches up with LTC Amudhan to find out what inspired him, how he prepared himself and what challenges he faced during the humanitarian mission.

During the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami which struck on 26 Dec 04, LTC Amudhan was heartened to see the outpouring of assistance from all over the world. Though, at that time, he was already indirectly helping victims in Aceh and other afflicted regions through PLAB’s many humanitarian flights, LTC Amudhan was determined to contribute more personally in doing his part for the less fortunate. Said LTC Amudhan, “Without a doubt, contributions of food, clothing and money are useful, and items like medicine are in fact very crucial. However, time, effort and venturing out of our comfort zone, are factors most of us hold very dear. To contribute by taking time from our busy schedule and using our hands to build was especially enriching. To know that my work would help children get a decent education and shape their future was fulfilling indeed.”

briefings, and even a weekend team-building camp prior to the project. All these meant time with the family was reduced, but my family was my main source of inspiration and encouraged me every step of the way.”

How Project Coast2Coast has changed him:
“The project was a very fulfilling experience. Not only did it allow me to help a fellow human being in need, especially the children, but it also allowed me to appreciate things that we in Singapore have taken for granted. We have been blessed and must share these blessings with others less fortunate than us.”

His fondest memory:
“There were many memorable experiences, but the most vivid was to see the smiles and hear the laughter of the children when they first stepped into their new school. It made the effort all worthwhile.” “I have been encouraging my friends and relatives to participate in such projects. To actually see the way your efforts change lives for the better is deeply gratifying indeed.” Air Force News commends LTC Amudhan for the great work he has done in aid of the less fortunate.

Preparation:
“I worked closely with my then Commanding Officer, LTC Tom Goh and we de-conflicted the Squadron’s operational requirements with the period I spent in Aceh. It would not have happened if the Base and the Squadron had not agreed to share my workload when I was away. I also had to attend Bahasa Indonesia language courses at night, and there were meetings,

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Seizing the Day – CPL Pan Zheng Xiang
“Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today welllived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
CPL Pan with his multi-award winning project, the Innovative Integrated Pass Verification System.

That is CPL Pan Zheng Xiang’s motto, and one that he lived by during his national service as a Field Defence Trooper in the PLAB Field Defence Squadron (FDS). So apparent were his efforts to ‘seize the day’ that even his CO, LTC Amudhan noticed his special attitude. “Not a day wasted is what many would describe as CPL Pan’s outlook towards National Service and life,” said LTC Amudhan in his write-up when nominating CPL Pan for the Best Field Defence Specialist Award. CPL Pan eventually won and received the award from CAF, BG Ng Chee Khern at the RSAF 38th Anniversary Parade. It’s easy to see why CPL Pan won the award as Best Field Defence Specialist. An outstanding soldier in Field Defence, he topped the 12th Field Defence Course, winning the Company Best Knowledge Award. As a Field Defence Trooper, safety was one of CPL Pan’s primary concerns, and he put forth many suggestions to improve safety conditions for both his squadron and the base. Among these were propositions for lightning dissipaters to be installed to minimise lightning hazards, tri-band jamming devices to counter information leaks from within the base and most notably, the Innovative Integrated Pass Verification System (IPVS), which won the outstanding WITs Project Award at the 19th MINDEF PRIDE Day. It was,

however, his accomplishments outside his call of duty that distinguished him most. Amongst these were his participation as a volunteer for cloud-seeding missions in Indonesia, for which he received a Letter of Commendation from COMD PLAB, COL Peter Ware, as well as the initiation of a monthly magazine, ‘FDS Heartbeat’, for Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) in FDS to express their thoughts and communicate with both peers and superiors alike.

“Ask not what Singapore can do for you, ask what you can do for Singapore. We have all learnt through history the importance of defending the sovereignty and peace of our country. If we do not play an active role as a Singaporean, whom can the nation depend on?” he said.

His most memorable experience in National Service:
CPL Pan’s most memorable moment was when he received the RSAF Best Field Defence Specialist Award 2006 at the RSAF Day Parade. In fact, the day, 1 Sep 2006, was also his 22nd birthday.

His Motivation:
His motivation is his passion for technology and innovation: seeking ways to transform, innovate and make a difference. “I assumed individual responsibility in constantly observing, identifying and enhancing operation concepts in and out of my workplace. In fact, my inspiration for the Innovative IPVS came from the advanced technology I saw in the movie, STAR WARS, because I had been already been thinking of ways to enhance base security,” CPL Pan said. CPL Pan believes in the importance of contributing to community. To this effect, CPL Pan serves the community during his personal time as Vice-Chairman of the People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM).

His Thoughts:
“The RSAF is certainly a forward-looking, meritocratic and capable organisation that embraces innovation and recognises individuals for contributions and efforts, regardless of rank, race and religion. To all my fellow NSFs, look well to the honourable call of national service duty, and you will realise that National Service is a meaningful journey. If I can make a difference, you can do it too.” Air Force News congratulates CPL Pan on his excellent achievements.

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Peace Carvin II Working Visit
Officials from the United States involved in the RSAF’s Peace Carvin II (PCII) detachment programme were in Singapore on an official visit from 7 - 12 Aug 06. The delegation was led by Mayor of Litchfield Park, the Honourable Thomas L. Schoaf, COMD 56th Fighter Wing, BG Noel T. Jones, COMD 56th Maintenance Group, COL Algene Fryer, COMD 425th Fighter Squadron, LTC Lynn I. Scheel, and Honorary CC, Mr Steve Yamamoto. During their visit, the delegation called on 2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen and Chief of Air Force, BG Ng Chee Khern on 8 Aug 06. Later that day, they visited Tengah Air Base for a tour around its premises. They were also briefed on the operational roles and capabilities of the RSAF and TAB. 140 SQN also hosted the delegation to a visit to the squadron for interaction.
Chief of Air Force, BG Ng Chee Khern (right) conversing with delegation leader, Mayor of Litchfield Park, the Honourable Thomas L. Schoaf.

The annual visit allows the US delegation to better understand RSAF operations and underscores the warm and long-standing defence relations between the RSAF and the United States Air Force.

Peace Prairie & Peace Vanguard Working Visit
US Army National Guard delegates from our Peace Prairie and Peace Vanguard detachments in Texas and Arizona respectively attended the annual working visit to Singapore from 7 - 12 Aug 06. The delegates included Assistant Adjutant General, Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), MG John Furlow, State Aviation Officer, TXARNG, LTC James Kenyon, Commander, Aviation Support Battalion, Arizona Army National Guard (AZARNG), LTC Michael Schuh, and Flight Training Detachment Commander, AZARNG, MAJ Greg Bush. The delegation made a courtesy call on Chief of Air Force, Brigadier General Ng Chee Khern and visited Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) on 8 August 2006. Commander SBAB, Colonel Tan Wee Ngee, hosted their visit in SBAB which included presentations on the RSAF and Helicopter Operations, Chinook static display at 127 SQN and a Chinook simulator flight at the Helicopter Simulator Centre. During their stay in Singapore, the delegation visited Sentosa Island and the Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari among other places of interest. The highlight of the delegation’s visit was the viewing of

The US delegates and SBAB officers at 127 SQN.

the colourful and spectacular National Day Parade and fireworks display at the National Stadium.

Air Officer Commanding Number 1 Group, Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal (AVM) David Walker, Air Officer Commanding Number 1 Group, Royal Air Force, visited Changi Air Base (CAB) on 22 Sep 06. DY COMD CAB, COL Lim Yeong Kiat, hosted the visit. During the visit, AVM Walker was briefed on the RSAF’s history, took a windshield tour of the base, and viewed a static display of the F-16D Blk 52+ Fighting Falcon. AVM Walker’s visit underscores the warm defence relations between Singapore and the United Kingdom and reflects the closeness and professional co-operation between the two air forces.
Fighter pilot, MAJ Goh Ling Boon briefing AVM Walker on the unique capabilities of the F-16D Blk 52+ aircraft.

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Chief of Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force Farewell Visit
The Chief of Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), GEN Tan Sri Dato Sri Nik Ismail Bin Nik Mohamed made a farewell visit to Singapore from 29 - 30 Aug 06. During his visit, GEN Tan called on Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Chief of Defence Force, LG Ng Yat Chung, and Chief of Air Force, BG Ng Chee Khern. GEN Tan Sri Dato Sri Nik Ismail’s visit underscores the warm relations and longstanding friendship between the RSAF and RMAF. The two air forces interact regularly through various exchanges and exercises.

Out-going Chief of RMAF, GEN Tan Sri Dato Sri Nik Ismail signing the guest-book at the CAF reception room.

GEN Tan Sri Dato Sri Nik Ismail and BG Ng in a discussion during the call on CAF.

PS(DD) Visits Changi Air Base and Air Force School

PS(DD), Dr. Tan Kim Siew (centre), Deputy Secretary (Administration), Mr. Willie Tan (left), and DY COMD, CAB, COL Lim Yeong Kiat (right), during the dialogue session.

DY COMD, CAB, COL Lim Yeong Kiat explaining the different features of the F-16D Blk 52+ at the static display.

PS(DD), Dr Tan engaging the officers and specialists of Air Force School during the dialogue session.

Principals and Teachers visit CAB
PS(DD), Dr Tan Kim Siew, hosted a visit on 14 Jul 06 for approximately 30 principals and teachers from various pre-tertiary institutes under the auspices of the MINDEFJunior College (JC)/ Centralized Institute (CI)/ Integrated Programme. Held at Changi Air Base (East), the visit comprised a brief and tour of CAB, familiarisation flights, a

static display, and a dialogue session where issues such as National Service policies, the transformation into a 3rd Generation SAF, and fitness trends for JCs/CIs were discussed between participants and Dr Tan.

PS(DD) Dialogue Session at AFS
Dr Tan visited Air Force School (AFS) on 11 Aug 06 to chair a dialogue session

with the officers and specialists of AFS. Together with COMD AFS, COL William See, DD(PP), LTC Brandon Lee, AD (CS)/(CSO), Ms Low Kheng Joo, and Head PD(WOSA), LTC Winnie Chia, they addressed questions such as job restructuring, re-training, and re-deployment in line with the RSAF’s transformation into a 3rd Generation Air Force.

Inaugural RSAF Annual Staff Talks with Indian Air Force
and updates ranging from the mutual sharing of experiences from different missions and operations, safety issues and key bilateral interactions between the personnel of the two air forces. The IAF delegation, led by Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS), AM Ajit Bhavnani, also visited Air Force School, Air Force Museum and Tactical Air Support Command (TASC) and 111 SQN – Tengah Air Base. The RSAF-IAF Annual Staff Talks reflects the warm and close defence relations and professional co-operation between the two air forces.

COS(AS)/HAO, BG Charles Sih, presenting VCAS, AM Ajit Bhavnani, with a token of appreciation.

The IAF delegation, headed by VCAS, AM Ajit Bhavnani, with COMD TAB, BG Gary Ang at 111 SQN.

The inaugural Annual Staff Talks between the RSAF and Indian Air Force (IAF) was conducted from 14 - 17 Aug 06 in Singapore.

The programme included a courtesy call on COS(AS)/ HAO, BG Charles Sih Seah Wee as well as a series of professional exchanges

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Workplace Safety and Health Advisory Committee visits the RSAF

Chairman of WSHAC, Mr Lee Tzu Yang presenting Head Air Force Inspectorate, COL Kevin Teoh Keng Hin, with a memento of the visit.

Aircraft Maintenance Flight OC, MAJ Ryan Boon Wah Han, briefing members of the WSHAC on some of the key safety procedures in the RSAF.

On 1 Aug 06, Paya Lebar Air Base hosted a 14-member delegation from the Ministry of Manpower Workplace Safety and Health Advisory Committee (MOM WSHAC) to a safety visit programme. The visit was prompted by the success of RSAF’s safety culture and programmes. The RSAF’s open reporting and sharing culture especially impressed Minister for Manpower and

Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen. One of MOM WSHAC’s objectives from this visit was to learn more about the RSAF Safety Management System, particularly its open reporting and sharing culture, as well as other safety programmes and initiatives. Said Mr Lee Tzu Yang of the committee’s learning

points from the visit, “One key takeaway is the confirmation of our belief that workplace safety and health has to be a top-management commitment in order to influence the culture throughout an organisation. The RSAF has achieved very impressive results... What is practised in the RSAF can be shared with other industries.”

CDF Visits 145 SQN, Changi Air Base
Chief of Defence Force (CDF), LG Ng Yat Chung visited 145 SQN on 28 Aug 06. The main objectives of the visit were to give CDF a better appreciation of the training and operations conducted at the squadron level and to allow servicemen an opportunity to raise issues of concern. Upon arrival, CDF was received by COMD CAB, COL Ng Chee Meng. The programme included a brief by CO 145 SQN, LTC Lim Tuang Liang, on the role of the Squadron and its operations. CDF also had a tour of the Squadron’s facilities and a close up view of the F-16D Blk 52+ fighter aircraft. The visit concluded with an informal ‘Meet-the-People’ session.

CDF, LG Ng Yat Chung, signing the Guest-book at 145 SQN.

CDF, LG Ng Yat Chung, with personnel from 145 SQN.

Changes in Command and Senior Appointments
CHANGES IN SENIOR APPOINTMENTS Defence Attache (Manila), Joint Intelligence Department — 28 Aug 06 Incoming: COL Tay Kim Chiew Deputy Director, Head Office, Policy 2, Director (Policy) Office — 23 Aug 06 Incoming: LTC Tan Ying Kiat Detachment COMD, PSO (SP), HQ SBAB — 01 Aug 06 Incoming: LTC Wong Weng Chong Christopher Gerard Outgoing: LTC Koh Tee Huat Derek Head Air Plans Office, APD — 17 Jul 06 Incoming: COL Cheng Siak Kian Outgoing: COL Andy Tan Teng Lock CO, 111 SQN — 23 Aug 06 Incoming: LTC Soon Wee Gan Outgoing: LTC Tan Ying Kiat CO, FDS, Changi Air Base — 21 Jul 06 Incoming: MAJ John Vincent S/O Susai Manickam Outgoing: LTC Chan Kok Wai CO, ALS, Tactical Air Systems Command — 14 Jul 06 Incoming: LTC Low Bah Soon Derrick Outgoing: LTC Hong Shyh Yun

CHANGES IN COMMAND Deputy Commander, HQ Changi Air Base — 22 Sep 06 Incoming: LTC Ng Chee Keong Outgoing: COL Lim Yeong Kiat CO, 203 SQN, AFOG — 25 Aug 06 Incoming: LTC Gan Siow Huang Outgoing: LTC Tan Chee Wee


				
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