CSC participants grateful for the opportunity

James Kon

Several participants of the 10th Command and Staff Course (CSC) 2020 expressed gratitude at being selected to take part in the 10-month course to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

As the only civilian to join the course, Noorhazwani binti Ariffin from the Permanent Secretary’s Secretariat Office, Ministry of Defence (MinDef), told the Bulletin, “I feel incredibly privileged to be part of the course, especially being the only civilian to attend.

“This course is actually reflective of the MinDef’s commitment in continuously investing in capacity building initiatives to achieve professional and highly-effective workforce. This will add more value to the alignment between military and civilian components.”

Meanwhile, Australian Defence Force Squadron Leader Matthew Xerri highlighted, “It’s a privileged to be in this course. It was a tough selection process to get here, and it’s amazing that my family and I have the opportunity to be here today.”

He hoped to gain greater leadership skills by learning about critical-thinking and what is happening in the region, and for defence as a whole.

“This is an excellent course, bringing in participants from parts of the world comprising a good international representation and with fantastic facilities,” he said.

Major Mohd Amin bin Haji Mahmud from the MinDef said, “I feel grateful and blessed to be given the opportunity to join the course by the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Truly this is a significant milestone in my military career.”

The course, he noted, “is quite demanding and will enable us to acquire various skill sets and a huge degree of knowledge for my improvement. Ultimately, attending the course is to give back to the government by contributing through the skills and knowledge that I have equipped, and to forge friendship with other course participants.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Noorhazwani binti Ariffin; Major Mohd Amin bin Haji Mahmud and Australian Defence Force Squadron Leader Matthew Xerri. PHOTOS: JAMES KON