President appoints 103 honorary Aides-de-Camp at Istana ceremony

President Tony Tan Keng Yam officiated the appointment ceremony of 103 Honorary Aides-de-Camp (ADCs) at the Istana on Thursday morning.

Currently, the President has three full-time ADCs. Honorary ADCs assist these full-time ADCs in the discharge of their duties to the President by helping in areas such as receiving guests and serving as liaison officers for VIPs or emcees at official events, to ensure the smooth running of these functions.

Of the 103 appointed on Thursday, 55 are from the Singapore Armed Forces, 34 are from Singapore Police Force, and 14 are from the Singapore Civil Defence Force. Eighteen of them are also national servicemen with non-military careers who have taken up their appointment over and above their NS liability.

"It's really about time management," said CPT (NS) Wayne Chong, 39, who has to manage his duties to the President with his day job as a pilot with Singapore Airlines. "Every duty is enjoyable, and I'm glad my family and employers are very supportive," he added.