| Achong Tanjong |
THE Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, officiated the opening of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff Course 5 (RBAF CSC 5) at Sungai Akar Camp yesterday.
The course is being participated by officers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and military officers from Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. The Royal Brunei Police Force and the Internal Security Department also participate in the course.
The Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces in his speech said, “The Command and Staff Course is aimed at broadening the officers’ academic knowledge and developing their command, analytical and communication skills in order to prepare them in assuming higher command and staff appointments. The course represents an important milestone in their mid-career professional development.
“The officers’ professional competencies will be enhanced through the challenging yet interesting military and academic curricula and some of them will also be given opportunity to pursue a Master’s programme with Massey University,” he added.
He also encouraged all participants to take the opportunity to do their best for their own personal development.
From the military perspective, the 21st Century has been dominated by complex operating environments and non-conventional security challenges and issues. The course will bring the best of each service domain and create a joint and multinational understanding that focus on leadership, international, security, strategic studies and joint, interagency and multinational operations.
The RBAF Commander said the RBAF Staff College has set its standards in ensuring that what is delivered to the students is of high quality and the assessment that has been placed is adhered to.
He also advised participants to challenge themselves beyond their limits and have pride in everything they do. With determination and perseverance, they will be able to produce work of the finest quality and achieve the best possible results.
“I can assure you that by the end of the course, participants will have new insights of Brunei Darussalam, Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific and the world.
“This experience will influence the way they think, decide and take action in the future,” the RBAF Commander said.
The RBAF Commander also encouraged the participants to continue learning new things and think creatively.
Also present at the opening ceremony were the Acting Deputy Commander of RBAF, and Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), as well as service commanders, directors, officers and staff of RBAF Defence Academy.
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College was officially opened by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in November 2010.
The 39-week RBAF Command and Staff Course is aimed at expanding the professional and academic knowledge of mid-level officers and developing their command, analytical and communication skills to help them prepare for senior and command appointments.
The course at the RBAF Defence Academy is delivered in partnership with New Zealand’s Massey University that will deliver the academic component of the course.
Since its inception in 2010, the college has successfully conducted four courses.