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At Pearse base in Australia, RSAF members and their families find a home away from home

Perth, Australia: "You should have persuaded your wife?" The reporter asked.

Qualified Flying Flight (QFI) with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Captain (CPT) Alvin Leo glanced at his wife, Mindy Pooh, and chuckled.

"At first it was hard for her to temporarily stop her career in order to be here," he replied.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 25th anniversary of the RSAF for training at Pierce Base on Monday (November 12), the Singapore family of four children reported their decision to make the transition to the Flying Training Flying Institute (FTI) in Pearce for CPT Leow – .

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His two children and his young wife followed him-but not without sacrifices; his wife had to leave her job in banking and his son Reyes, five, and his daughter Rana, two, grandparents at school.

CPT Leow is about a two-year cutoff with Pierce Base as a certified flying instructor

CPT Leow is about a two-year cutoff with Pierce Base as a certified flying instructor. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) PIRS unit is the home of the RSAF 130 Squadron, which trains pilots and pilots, and the standard squadron that guides instructors who train future pilots.

The FTI operates in a training area 14 times larger than Singapore's air space, allowing the RSAF to undergo realistic training.

CPF Leow trains the young generation of pilots not only to acquire the flight skills required to graduate but also to "build and design future leaders of the Armed Forces of Singapore (SAF)."

Pilot pilot tries scenarios on the VR simulator

Pilot pilot tries scenarios on the VR simulator. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

Pupil pilot

A pilot pilot is engaged in a flying simulation at the Royal Air Force Flying Institute at the Pierce. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

Flight simulator RSAF

Flight Simulator at the US Air Force Flying Training Institute. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

Almost every RSAF pilot and weapons systems officer (WSO) has to walk through the inner corridors of the Pierce wing for their long 30-core wings course, before they are placed on different platforms such as the Battle Wings course, the Rotary Wings Course or the Wings Wings course for further training.

About 1,600 pilots, WSOs and QFIs have graduated from the Pierce Unit since it began its operations in 1993.

"We were given a choice and I took the suggestion … Being a teacher is different from a ballgame compared to just flying the plane on its own.Other than just flying, we fulfill the role of teacher and teacher to build the next generation, which is very significant," said CPT Leau-Ben 35, himself a graduate of the flying squadron course of the standard squadron.

"At first, the children suffered some anxiety, but we tried to call home regularly-in fact, almost every night-to feel more comfortable here," said Mindy, now a housewife.

A strong supportive community

The presence of about 200 other RSAF personnel and families stationed at Pearce has also helped Leows with the move: "Strong Support Community Women" of sorts has emerged, said CPT Leow.

"After the children go to school, most of the time, we meet with the other women for lunch, and after yoga, we go to the house of others to cook food that reminds us of the house," Mindy said.

"Every time we need help, we have no problem getting help, everyone is more willing to help us."

Within a few weeks of transition, with the help of the community and the RSAF start-up to help families acclimatize smoothly, the children settled down and began adjusting to their new environment.

Low CPT Guide

CPT Leow is a guide for pilots. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

CPT low pilot is a guide for PC-21 aircraft – an advanced turbofrop-seat aircraft.

With nine months left to reach the end of his farewell, CPT Leow believes displacement was worth it.

"Life here is less hectic … The time spent with the family, the relationship we get, you can not replace it with anything else," he added.

Mindy agreed and said: "I think it's also a privilege (and I'm) lucky to be able to give up work for a while and see my children grow – hitting certain milestones, I probably would not do that if I was a working mother. Pretty satisfying me. "

25 years at Pierce Base

Although five-year-old Rais shook his head firmly when this reporter asked if he aspired to be a pilot like his father, he had all smiles when his father took the sky later that day for the silver anniversary celebrations of RSAF's training at Pierce.

RSAF pilots placed in front of the missile

Pilots RPAF PC-21 before gears for joint flying of the ceremony. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

PC-21s from RSAF and RAAF flew in the diamond structure

PC-21s from RSAF and RAAF flew in the diamond structure on the 25th anniversary of Pierce Training. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

In a diamond-shaped flight, four PC-21 turbines – two from the RSAF and two from the RAAF – jumped over the combined ferry festivities.

Under the guidance of the Commander of the RAF Air Force Command, Kevin Goh, the State Minister of Defense, Cheng Cheng, as well as the RSAF, their families and senior Australian defense personnel attended the event.

Mr. Robert Chao, the first commander (CO) of 130 SQN when he moved to Pierce in 1993, was also present in the commemoration.

At the ceremony Mr. Heng said: "This anniversary is a strong symbol of the deep friendship between our two security systems and indeed between Australia and Singapore.

"Fifty years of commitment to this separation by our two countries sends a clear and very strong message – one of the eternal friendship and trust that is truly extraordinary."

It was in March 1993 that RSAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RAAF to establish the training and flight training at RAAF Base Pearce.

Last year, Defense Minister NG Eng and Hen, his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, signed an upgrade to MOU, and expanded the RSAF training system at the RAAF Air Force Base for another 25 years until 2043.

A long history of military cooperation

Mr. Heng, who was earlier in Rockhampton to participate in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the RSAF helicopter training unit in Ukiani and the Trade and Trade Training Committees, was enthusiastic about the long history of military cooperation between the SAF and the Australian Defense Force (ADF).

Referring to the constraints of Singapore as a small country, Mr. Heng acknowledged "the generous and generous opportunity offered by the Australian government to RSA to train in Persia.

Mr. Heng addresses the RSAF audience

Mr. Heng addresses the audience of RSAF, Australian families and defense personnel. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

He also conveyed his appreciation to the local community. "I would also like to express my deep gratitude to the local community at Pierce for welcoming us and the hospitality program you have shown to the RSAF and its people for the last 25 years."

SMS Heng Unveils Pearce Training Celebrations

SMS Heng exposing tail memory flash on the 25th anniversary of Pearce training celebrations. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

PC-21s flies in the diamond structure

The PC-21s flew in diamond formation on the 25th anniversary of Pierce Training. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

After seeing the first joint RSAAF and RAAF trip, Mr. Heng unveiled the memorial plaque and the tail of the flash on a PC-21 plane before taking part in a symbolic tree planting ceremony.

Memorial plaque

SMS Heng, Air Force Commander of the RSAF, Colonel Kevin Goo, and team captain Michael Ka Hi, head of the Royal Air Force's Australian Air Force headquarters, unveil the memorial plaque. (Photo: Gaia Chan)

Tree planting RSAF Australia

(Photo: Gaia Chan)

In a conversation with reporters after the ceremony, Lt. Col. Kevin Lim, commander of Squadron 130, testified to the "special relationship" between the two forces.

"The 25th anniversary itself is a testimony of friendship between the two countries of Australia and Singapore," he said.

"For a country the size of Singapore and the geopolitics we live in, we want to be as many friends as possible in the region." Australia and Singapore share a very important bilateral relationship that began after World War II as part of the five-force arrangement.

His colleague, Commander of the Royal Air Force, Bert Mitchell, stated that the flight was "wonderful" and demonstrated "the closeness and friendship between the two peoples."

He also echoed the thoughts of the LTC Lim, adding: "The 25th anniversary is very important for the two Air Force, but more importantly, it symbolizes the relationship we have had with Singapore for the last 25 years … and today only presents an opportunity to think about it and celebrate the This opportunity. "

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