Leadership changes at the top echelon of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will take place later next month, ahead of the start of the SAF's new Work Year on 1 April, with an air force general assuming command of the SAF for only the second time in Singapore's history.
Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong will vacate the post of Chief of Defence Force (CDF), the SAF's most senior command appointment, on 27 March. Major-General Ng Chee Meng (above), present Chief of Air Force of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), will take command of the SAF.
MG Ng will be the second RSAF general to command Singapore's fighting forces. The first RSAF general to hold the CDF post was BG Bey Soo Khiang, who held the post from 1995 to 2000. Both are pilots, though MG Ng piloted fast jets while BG Bey flew C-130s.
With CAF elevated to a higher orbit, Brigadier-General Hoo Cher Mou (above), the current Chief of Staff - Joint Staff, is due to assume command of the RSAF on 25 March. BG Hoo will become the first CAF without pilot's wings, having built his career with the RSAF's air surveillance and command and control side of the house.
Announcing the changes today, the Singaporean Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) described the changes as part of the leadership renewal process in the SAF.
BG Hoo is expected to preside over a
Fittingly, this boost in RSAF firepower concerns a weapon system that can be operated by a non-pilot. :-)
You may also like:
RSAF leadership succession plan. Click here
White horses in the SAF: A personal experience. Click here