Monday, April 10, 2006

My Graduation Speech

Good afternoon Comd FTS, Comd SBAB, CO 124 SQN, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to 124 RWC’s graduation ceremony. We would like to thank you for gracing us with your presence. It almost seems surreal as we the graduands arrive at this landmark occasion, an occasion that we have looked fervently to since the first day we signed on the dotted line a few years ago.

These few years have been eventful and fulfilling, not only training us in the professional skills and knowledge of a military pilot, but also molding us in character and personality. Whilst these wings that will be presented represent the culmination of our dreams and hard work, we will not forget that they also represent the invested authority and responsibility of the RSAF.

Perhaps this should really be called an appreciation ceremony as we sought to express our heartfelt appreciation to the people who have made this day possible. Outside the Air Force, we most definitely are indebted to our families and relations who give us their undying support to this day.

We would also like to thank Comd FTS for giving us the opportunity to fulfill our potential. Comd SBAB, for the organizational and command expertise to facilitate our training. CO 124 Sqn Ltc Lee Hock Hua for his continued guidance and decisions that were for our best interests. We will
also not forget his emphasis on looking at the big picture, at the commander’s intent and what we can do to value add to the Air Force.

Last but not least, we would also like to thank the instructors of 124 Sqn who displayed consummate professionalism and passion in their roles as teachers. As they say, if we were their kids, many a times we would already have felt the correction of a rod or a slap. Such was the patience we needed and received from them. Thank you.

We look forward to a most rewarding and exciting career. I remember reading an article once about the aid we gave to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was a lasting impression imprinted on my heart when I read how an American military serviceman looked into the eyes of the Singaporean aircrew. Without a word said, those eyes were of intense
appreciation and gratitude. If that is what wearing our wings upon our hearts is, we would proudly and justly put them on, as we embark on our new journey today.

Without further ado, we would like to invite CO 124 LTC Lee Sir to say a few words.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulation son, on your graduation. Am glad you perservered and achieved one of your dreams.

Take care and with love,