Excellence awards for six RBAF officers

Six Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) officers received the OBOE Endeavour Academic Excellence Award in a virtual ceremony yesterday.

Commander of the RBAF Major General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat was the guest of honour.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Tiffany Anne McDonald, services commanders, Joint Force commander, deputy permanent secretaries at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef), Australian Defence Advisor to Brunei Darussalam, and senior RBAF officers participated in the virtual event.

The award recipients were 782 Major Pengiran Baharuddin bin Pengiran Haji Ali, 808 Major Haji Mohammad bin Haji Ahmad, 821 Major (U) Wan Muhammad Azem bin Haji Mohd Aminuddin, 824 Major Ahmad Bohare bin Mansor, 830 Major (U) Arif Shamirul bin Salleh and 862 Major Khairul Faizin bin Haji Abdul Gapar.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah. Acting Commandant of the Defence Academy RBAF Lieutenant Colonel (U) Azmie Iskandar bin Ariffin delivered welcoming remarks.

The OBOE Endeavour Academic Excellence Award ceremony held virtually. PHOTO: RBAF

McDonald congratulated the award recipients and emphasised the importance of defence relations as one of the key pillars of bilateral engagement, with Australia and Brunei Darussalam sharing a strong bond and excellent cooperation in an array of areas, defence included.

She also praised MinDef and RBAF members for their crucial role in supporting the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The OBOE Endeavour Award is an academic excellence programme from the Australian Government, awarded to Command and Staff Course participants who have achieved outstanding results during the course.

These officers will be invited to Australia to meet with key leaders of the Australian Defence Force, tour Australian military bases, participate in educational and cultural activities, and engage in dialogues and discussions.

The programme aimed to impart to officers knowledge on Australia and its defence force, share commonalities on the region’s security and interest, foster relations between the armed forces, and enhance bilateral defence relations between Brunei Darussalam and Australia.

This event was the fourth in the series since it first started in 2018.

The name ‘OBOE Endeavour Award’ was chosen to commemorate the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the successful liberation of Borneo from the Japanese occupation during Operation OBOE during World War II, which marked the beginning of Brunei Darussalam and Australia’s defence relationship.