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1. The Chief of Staff
of the United States Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Charles Q Brown Jr was
conferred Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang
(Tentera) or Meritorious Service Medal (Military) [MSM(M)], by President
Halimah Yacob. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen presented the award to GEN
Brown at an investiture held at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) this morning.
2. As the Chief of
Staff of the USAF, GEN Brown played a pivotal role in enhancing the excellent
and long-standing defence relations between the USAF and the Republic of
Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Under GEN Brown’s sterling leadership, the USAF and
the RSAF have expanded bilateral cooperation, which included collaboration on
platform-specific cybersecurity, F-35 user exchanges, as well as the signing of
a Letter of Understanding to promote collaborations in the areas of innovation
and digitalisation. He also supported the building of interoperability between
Air Forces through the conduct of exercises such as the bilateral Exercise
Commando Sling, as well as the US-led Exercise Red Flag Nellis and Red Flag Alaska.
GEN Brown’s support for the RSAF’s Peace Carvin training detachments in the Continental
US, as well as the RSAF’s rotational fighter deployments to Guam, has enabled
the RSAF to meet training needs and sustain operational readiness.
3. GEN Brown is in
Singapore from 7 to 10 August 2022. As part of his visit programme, GEN Brown
called on Dr Ng, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and Chief
of Air Force Major-General Kelvin Khong at MINDEF after inspecting the Guard of
Honour at Bukit Panjang Camp. GEN Brown will also visit Sembawang Air Base this
afternoon where he will receive a brief on the RSAF and take a familiarisation
flight on board an RSAF H225M Medium Lift Helicopter.