TEXT: LTA (NSF) TIZIAN IBACH, PLATOON COMMANDER, BASIC RESCUE TRAINING CENTRE
The opening of the SCDF NS Gallery on 28 April 2017 coincided with the end of my full-time National Service. I was rewarded with the rare opportunity to meet with many pioneers who had shaped SCDF in the course of its rich history, and to learn how important their time in SCDF NS was to making them who they are today.
As I prepared to be the NS Gallery Ambassador for the VVIP group at the official opening, I learnt much about the evolution of NS in SCDF from past to present. Such times included when NSFs were in the Construction Brigade, when ORNSmen responded to the Hotel New World collapse, and when NSFs served in the Special Rescue Battalion.
…I LEARNT MUCH ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF NS IN SCDF FROM PAST TO PRESENT…
Reflecting on this journey, I am humbled by the commitment and passion that my NS predecessors had poured into SCDF. I am better able to understand my roles as an NSF instructor and Platoon Commander of a recruit platoon, and previously as an Emergency Response Specialist at the re station, as connected to a much larger and tremendously noble tapestry of teamwork and dedication from SCDF NS personnel through the decades. I am inspired to continue this tapestry proudly and tirelessly as an ORNSman in the years to come. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to showcase the SCDF NS Gallery to Second Minister for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee and the rest of the VVIP entourage. I have gained valuable experience as a presenter and have no doubt that one day, I will be using these blessings to give back to the SCDF and to the nation.
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