SINGAPORE - Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen has confered the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera), otherwise known as the Meritorious Service Medal (Military) award, to the Chief of Air Force of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal (AM) Geoff Brown.
AM Brown was awarded the medal in recognition of his significant contributions to enhancing the bilateral relationship and forging of closer ties between the RAAF and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
In 2012, AM Brown played an instrumental role in the successful review of a Memorandum of Understanding that has allowed the RSAF to train more student pilots and Weapons Systems Officers at the flying training detachment at RAAF Base Pearce.
AM Brown has also promoted greater interoperability between the RSAF and the RAAF through his support for the RSAF's deployment of new assets to Exercise Pitch Black.
He said:"I am extremely proud of the strong ties that exist between our nations and amongst the Military across all levels of the three Services. We pride ourselves in the strength of this bond with the RSAF and look forward to further advancing our joint capabilities."
"I am humbled and very grateful on being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Military). I am confident that we will endeavour to meet the challenges the future brings with the same proactive, positive and collaborative attitude we have demonstrated in the past," he added.
The Singapore Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force have a long history of military cooperation including the cooperation in Afghanistan, and extensive interactions in the form of bilateral and multilateral exercises, visits, professional exchanges, and the cross-attendance of courses.
AM Brown called on Dr Ng and Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou while he was in Singapore.