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First SAF Military Police Unit Formed on 1 Sep 1966 at the old Beach Road Camp, the SAF Provost Company initially consisted of one company of military police- men under the command of HQ 1 SIB. In 1971, it became the SAF Provost Unit (SAFPU) and moved to the Mowbray Camp at Ulu Pandan Road. In 2006, it became the SAF Military Police Command.


First Chief Of Armed Forces Kirpa Ram Vij


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Singapore’s fi rst Chief of Armed Forces and Brigadier-General.He was seconded to the SAF when Singapore gained indepen- dence in 1965, and there he helped to start the SAFTI and


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e the Singapore Command and Staff College.


First SAF Guards Unit 1976 saw the formation of the Singapore Armed Forces Guards Unit (SAFGU). On 1 Jul 1977, SAFGU was renamed as the 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards. The Guards Formation was formalised in 1994 when they started to don the khaki beret.


First And Top US Green Beret From Singapore Singapore naval offi cer, LTA Wong Foo Chan, was the fi rst Singapore offi cer to complete and top the United States Army Special Forces’ Green Beret Course in Oct 2001. He was named Distinguished Allied Offi cer Graduate at the end of a seven-month course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


First Female Colonel Karen Tan, Commander of Central Manpower Base, was promoted to Colonel in Jun 2005.


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Most Decorated Soldier In LT-GEN Winston Choo’s illustrious career in the SAF, he has collected more than 27 signifi cant medals. His fi nal one as a serving offi cer was the Meritorious Service Medal (Military). He was accorded highly prestigious medals from USA, France, Chile, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.


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First Chief Of Defence Force LT-GEN Winston Choo joined the army in 1959 and served in various appointments in the SAF, reaching the pinnacle of the military service when he became the Chief of the General Staff in 1974 and the Chief of Defence Force in 1990.


First SAF Chief Medical Offi cer Dr David Roy Paul was the SAF’s fi rst Chief Medical Offi cer in 1966.


First Female Navy Diver In 2000, Esther Tan became the fi rst woman to be admitted to the Naval Diving Unit. MAJ Tan regularly takes part in triathlons, marathons and adventure races.


First Non-Chinese Chief Of Army BG Ravinder Singh took up the post of Chief of Army on 11 Mar 2011. He is also, at the age of 46, the oldest in the past 20 years. He retired from active uniformed duty for two years to take up a top Defence Ministry job before being called back to lead the army.


First Sword Of Honour


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Kwan Yue Yeong was awarded the


fi rst Sword of Honour as the top offi cer cadet in the fi rst


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course conducted at SAFTI in 1967. Before his retirement, COL Kwan was Chief Infantry Offi cer in the army.


SAFTI in 1967 Befor


First Female Military Pilot In her remarkable military career before she retired in 2005, LT-COL Koh Chai Hon has held many important posts, including Squadron Leader and Chief Instruc- tor of Fighter Pilots. She was also a national water-skiing champion.


First Female Sword Of Honour Debbie Phua topped her cohort of 30 graduates, at the Military Domain Experts Course in Dec 2011. The 24-year-old, who was with the armoured unit, specialises in servicing the Leopard tanks.


First Female RSM When 1WO Jennifer Tan Siang Lang became 46 SAR’s new Regimental Sergeant Major in Jun 2006, she was also the fi rst female to be appointed as an RSM in the army. Tan’s father was also an RSM in the SAF.


First Open Mobilisation Exercise


The fi rst open mobilisation exercise or Mobex was on 7 Jul 1985. A logo of an armed soldier in silhouett


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fl ashing on television and cinema scr was used as a signal for NSmen t camp for mobilisation. Prior t


recalled its NSmen mainly through telephone and pager calls as well as physical dispa by couriers.


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n 7 Jul 1985. A logo ier in silhouette, cinema screens, men to report to or to this, the SAF through telephone physical dispatch


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