DPM Teo pays visit to RSAF detachment in US

DPM Teo Chee Hean with Lt-Col Kenneth Lim (in red shirt) and his family, and (from left) Brig-Gen Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, and Peace Carvin II US Air Force detachment commander Lt-Col Jason Coo
DPM Teo Chee Hean with Lt-Col Kenneth Lim (in red shirt) and his family, and (from left) Brig-Gen Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, and Peace Carvin II US Air Force detachment commander Lt-Col Jason Cooper and his wife. They were on a tour of the detachment's flightline.PHOTO: MINDEF

ARIZONA • Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean rounded off his US trip with a visit to the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) Peace Carvin II F-16C/D training detachment at Arizona's Luke Air Force Base early yesterday morning.

Conveying his appreciation for the RSAF personnel's dedication and commitment, Mr Teo urged them to continue to train hard and fly the Singapore flag high.

He also interacted with servicemen and their families over games and lunch.

Mr Teo was accompanied by Brigadier-General Brook Leonard, commander of the United States Air Force's 56th Fighter Wing, and Peace Carvin II detachment commander Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Lim, as he toured the detachment's facilities and was briefed on its training programme.

Established in 1993, Peace Carvin II is the RSAF's longest-running overseas detachment.

Training in the US allows the RSAF to overcome Singapore's airspace constraints and to hone air combat skills and operational competencies in a "realistic and challenging training environment", according to the Ministry of Defence.

The Peace Carvin II detachment also participates regularly in various exercises and competitions to hone their skills alongside their US counterparts.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2017, with the headline 'DPM Teo pays visit to RSAF detachment in US'. Print Edition | Subscribe