| James Kon & Izah Azahari |
ROYAL Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud yesterday stressed on continuous lifelong learning to improve oneself.
“We are all different with varying strengths and weaknesses. However, a non-negotiable character for an officer is the attitude of continuous lifelong learning to improve oneself, not just during a course but more importantly in your daily professional career,” he said.
The RBAF Commander made these comments at the closing ceremony of the Intermediate Staff Course (ISC) 19/2019 previously known as the Junior Staff Course (JSC) at the Defence Academy RBAF in Kampong Tanah Jambu.
He said RBAF officers should be equipped with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to face the multitude growing challenges in today’s contemporary and dynamic environment.
The RBAF Commander also said the enhancement of skills, in the form of training and professional development, should also be provided to the personnel.
Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan also focussed on three aspects.
He told the officers to get their basics right.
“I cannot over emphasis the importance of getting the basic right to truly grasp concepts to continuously practice and master the basic skills before you can effectively progress to the next level of your personal and professional development.”
Stressing on the importance of integrity, the RBAF Commander said, “Integrity is crucial for everyone as it ensures that we do not just do things right but we also do the right thing. No course can comprehensively evaluate integrity. It can be observed for a short period, but ultimately it is your personal responsibility as an officer to ensure that the action and choice you make in your professional career are based on strong moral and ethical values.
“You must always be willing to learn. This course or any other course can only impart knowledge. It is up to you as an individual to be honest with yourself, self–reflect and continuously work on your individual weaknesses.
The guest of honour also congratulated all students for their hard work and dedication during the course. He presented awards to those who excelled.
Representatives of the Royal Brunei Police Force, service commanders, military directors, defence attachés and advisers from the respective countries and senior officers from the RBAF and Defence Academy RBAF were also present.
The 14-week course was held from April 1 to July 5 with 37 participants, comprising 32 local officers from the RBAF, one officer from the RBPF and four military officers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
The Overall Best Student was awarded to Captain Jerome Toh from the Singapore Armed Forces while the Best Research Essay, also known as the Commander RBAF’s Paper, was awarded to 931 Captain (U) Emad Hamdi bin Haji Sawal/Haji Shawal from the Royal Brunei Air Force. The Best Service Paper award went to 973 Lieutenant Mohammad Amiel Azim bin Haji Afflon from the Royal Brunei Navy.