Singapore Government

SAF Leadership

  • Chief of Defence Force, Singapore Armed Forces
    Lieutenant-General PERRY LIM

    LG Perry was appointed as Chief of Defence Force on 18 August 2015.  He was enlisted into the Singapore Army in December 1990 and commissioned as an Officer in August 1991. He was awarded the President's Scholarship and SAF Overseas Scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies in the UK. LG Perry graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (Starred First) in Mechanical Engineering in 1994. In 2008, LG Perry was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue a Master of Business Administration in INSEAD, Singapore.

    A Guards Officer by vocation, LG Perry served his junior command, battalion operations officer and brigade operations officer appointments in the Guards formation. LG Perry commanded the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade and 3rd Singapore Division.  LG Perry also held various key staff appointments, which included Head Joint Plans and Transformation Department and Chief of Staff –General Staff.

    In his last appointment as Chief of Army, LG Perry led the Singapore Army to a high level of operational readiness and built on the successful Third Generation Army transformation. Under LG Perry's watch, the Singapore Army strengthened its training system and set in place initiatives to meet future training demands.  He also led the development of long term plans to bring the Singapore Army beyond Third Generation. His steadfast leadership enabled the Singapore Army to grow as a highly professional and respected Army.

    LG Perry attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2001. He also attended the United Kingdom Army's Combined Arms Tactics Course in Warminster in 1998.

    He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 2010. From 2006 to 2008, he was seconded to the Ministry of Education to serve as Director of Higher Education, where he was responsible for formulating policies, planning and funding for the Singapore university sector and technical education sector, and regulating the private education sector.

    LG Perry is married to Lynn Ng and they have three children – Marcel, Ashley and Alyson. LG Perry enjoys reading and coaching his children in sports. He was a rugby player and swimmer in school, and currently plays golf and dragon boating.

    Singapore Armed Forces Sergeant Major
    Chief Warrant Officer TANG PECK OON

    CWO Tang Peck Oon was sworn in as Singapore Armed Forces Sergeant Major on 13 August 2014. As Singapore Armed Forces Sergeant Major, CWO Tang provides professional advice to the Chief of Defence Force in the management of WOSpecs and Military Experts, while performing the roles of a leader and mentor.

    CWO Tang Peck Oon joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as a Commando Fighter in July 1977. His outstanding leadership qualities have seen him hold key appointments in the SAF. These include the Regimental Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment, Officer-Commanding of School of Infantry Specialists, Brigade Sergeant Major of 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, Division Sergeant Major of 9th Division/ Headquarters Infantry, and the pinnacle WOSpec appointment in the Army - Sergeant Major of the Army.

    CWO Tang's military and civilian education includes, inter alia, the United States Army Sergeant Major Course at Fort Bliss, Texas (USA), Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course, Parachute Jump Instructor Course and several other professional leadership and development courses. He has a Diploma in Supervisory Management and attained a Specialist Advanced Diploma in Learning Science.

    CWO Tang's distinguished list of awards is testament to the stellar performance he has made in the SAF. He received, among others, the State Medal for the Military (Efficiency Medal), the SAF Long Service Award (35 years) and the Commendation Medal.

    CWO Tang is married to Violet and they have a son.

  • Chief of Army, Singapore Army
    Major-General MELVYN ONG

    MG Melvyn Ong enlisted into the Singapore Army in January 1994 and commissioned as an Officer in the SAF Officer Cadet School in October 1994.

    An Infantry Officer by vocation, MG Melvyn served his junior command tours in the Infantry formation. MG Melvyn commanded a battalion under the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade from 2006 - 2007 prior to assuming the appointment of Commander, 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade from 2010 to 2011, during which he was appointed as the Singapore's Contingent Commander for the earthquake relief efforts in Christchurch, New Zealand. MG Melvyn held the appointment of Chief Guards Officer from 18 June 2014 until he took over as the Chief of Army on 14 August 2015.

    MG Melvyn also held various key staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence. He headed the Joint Plans and Transformation Department, where he was in charge of strategic planning, long-term capability development and resource management for the SAF. MG Melvyn also held a Branch Head appointment in Personnel Development Branch in G1-Army, where he spearheaded the revamp of career schemes for specialists and warrant officers in the Army.

    MG Melvyn attended the Indonesian Army Staff and Command School in Indonesia in 2005. He also attended the United States Army's Infantry Officer Course in Fort Benning, Georgia in 1998. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 2012.

    MG Melvyn is also a member of the Singapore Administrative Service through the dual-career scheme. From 2013 to 2014, he served as Deputy CEO of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) jointly under the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Ministry of Education (MOE). In addition to setting up this new agency, he was instrumental in crafting policies and engaging the early childhood sector to raise the quality, accessibility and affordability of early childhood services.

    MG Melvyn received his education in Singapore in Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and National Junior College. In 1994, he was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies in the UK. MG Melvyn graduated with a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1998.

    MG Melvyn is married to Nicole Lynn Mccully and they have three children - Gabrielle, Ryan and Euan.

    Sergeant Major of the Army
    Chief Warrant Officer

    CWO Ng Siak Ping was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as a Commando on 22 Dec 1982.

    In the course of his military career, CWO NG has held various appointments, which include Operations Warrant Officer and Force Sergeant Major in Headquarters Commando. After which, he was Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the 1st Commando Battalion during which the unit won the Best Combat Unit.  During the unit evaluation by the Army Tactical Evaluation Centre, he was awarded REDCON 1 and received a Letter of Commendation for his outstanding performance as Regimental Sergeant Major. He went on to assume the appointment as an Officer-Commanding in Special Operation Tactics Centre (SOTAC). His other appointments included being the Institute Sergeant Major of Specialist and Warrant Officer Institute (SWI), Brigade Sergeant Major of the 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade and Division Sergeant Major of the 3rd Singapore Division. In 2010, he had the honour of being the Regimental Sergeant Major for the SAF Day Parade.

    Other significant milestones in CWO NG’s career include representing the Army in the Ranger and Pathfinder Courses conducted by the United States Army. He also graduated with Distinguished Honours from the US Marine Force RECONDO School and won 3 awards in the United States Army Sergeant Major Course, namely, the Iron Soldier Award, United States Army Achievement Medal and the International Student Distinguished Graduate Award. He has also participated in numerous military courses including the Army Battalion Regimental Sergeant Major Course, Joint Senior Leadership Course, Ranger Course, Advanced Freefall Course and the Professional Diver Course.

    CWO NG has embraced continuous learning and is a fervent advocate of lifelong learning. He constantly seeks to improve himself, furthering his studies and acquiring a Diploma in Supervisory Management (2002), a Diploma in Learning Science (2009) and an Advance Diploma in Learning and Instruction at NIE (2012).  

    During his career, CWO NG has received various awards. Some key awards include the SAF Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (12, 22, 30 years), the SAF Efficiency Medal and the SAF Overseas Medal (Indonesia and Cambodia).

    CWO NG is married to, Hong Ying, and has a daughter, Nicole Ng and a son, Nigel Ng.

  • RADM Lai Chung Han

    Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy
    Rear-Admiral LAI CHUNG HAN

    Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces in January 1992 and was awarded the prestigious President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Economics from Cambridge University, UK. Rear Admiral Lai was also awarded the SAF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship (General Development) in 2006, and graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA. He also graduated from the US Naval Staff College course, conducted at the US Naval War College.

    Rear Admiral Lai's early days in the RSN were spent with the Missile Corvettes, first as a junior officer and later as the Executive Officer onboard RSS VALOUR. He subsequently assumed command of the Missile Corvette RSS VALIANT in 2002-2004, during which the ship won the Fleet's People Excellence and Unit Excellence Awards. Upon completion of his postgraduate studies in Harvard, Rear Admiral Lai returned to command the Missile Corvette Squadron in July 2007. In April 2011, Rear Admiral Lai was appointed as the Fleet Commander following a tour in the Ministry of Defence Headquarters.

    Rear Admiral Lai also held various staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence, including that of Head Long Term Planning Secretariat in the Office of the Chief of Defence Force, and Office Director in the Future Systems Directorate. He also held the appointment of Director (Policy) from December 2007 to October 2010. In August 2012, Rear Admiral Lai assumed the appointment of Deputy Secretary (Policy).

    Rear Admiral Lai is currently a member of the Board for ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) Pte Ltd, as well as a member of the Board of Governors for Temasek Polytechnic.

    Rear Admiral Lai was awarded the Public Administration Medal, Silver (Military) - Pingat Pentadbiran Awam, Perak (Tentera) in 2010.

    Rear Admiral Lai was promoted to Rear Admiral (Two Stars) on 1 July 2014, and assumed the appointment of Chief of Navy on 1 August 2014.

    Rear Admiral Lai is happily married to Ng Chiew Yen, and they have two children, Lorraine and Justin.

    Master Chief Navy
    Military Expert 5 RICHARD GOH LENG YAN

    ME5 Richard Goh Leng Yan was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces in June 1980.  ME5 Goh started his career in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) as a Radar Plotter and had served on board the Minesweeper, Coastal Patrol Craft, Landing Ship Tank and Patrol Craft, and staff appointment in HQ RSN between 1980 to 1990.

    After his staff tour in HQ RSN, ME5 Goh was streamed to be a Command and Control (C2) System Operator and served on board the RSN Missile Corvette, RSS Vengeance as a Pioneer Crew. ME5 Goh continued his career as a C2 System Expert.

    His outstanding leadership qualities have seen him hold key appointments in the RSN. These include Coxswain of RSS Sea Hawk, RSS Valour, RSS Formidable, 185 Squadron; Formation Master Chief of Maritime Task Force (MSTF); Watch Controller in MSTF Hub; Boat Commander for the Specialised Marine Craft under the Specialised Craft Group; and Head of Military Experts and Warrant Officers Development and Engagement Section under the newly inaugurated Maritime and Training and Doctrine Command. ME5 Goh also served several staff appointments in HQ RSN (Navy Recruitment Centre, Naval Personnel Department and Naval Plans Department).

    ME5 Goh's military education included Naval Single Service Module of the Australian Command and Staff Course, Naval Warfare Officer Course and SAF Leadership and Organisational Learning Programme.

    He was awarded the Efficiency Medal in 1996, the SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal in 2005, and the SAF Overseas Service Medal – Gulf of Aden in 2011.

    He is happily married to Carol Yew and they have two children, Jonathan and Jocelyn.

  • Chief of Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force
    Major-General MERVYN TAN 

    MG Mervyn Tan Wei Ming was appointed as Chief of Air Force on 28 March 2016. He joined the SAF in December 1990 and graduated from the SAF Officer Cadet School in 1991. He pursued an Engineering (Aeronautical) degree at the University of Sydney, Australia and graduated with First Class Honours in 1996, under the Overseas Training Award (Graduating). He attended the US Air Command and Staff College from 2004 to 2005, where he graduated with a Master in Operational Art & Science of War and achieved the best overall academic and research award for an international officer. He was also awarded the SAF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship (General Development) in 2010 and graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    MG Mervyn has held various appointments in the SAF. Between 2005 and 2007, he was involved in the fundamental restructuring of the RSAF into its present task-organised structure. From 2007 to 2008, he served as the Commanding Officer of 121 SQN. As an operational pilot, he has participated in numerous overseas exercises in countries such as Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

    He held the position of Head Air Plans (HAP) in 2008, which he held for 2 years. As HAP, he was involved in the delivery of major warfighting capabilities for the RSAF as well as the management of the RSAF's strategic manpower and budgetary resources. He was the Deputy Commander of Air Defence and Operations Command (ADOC) from 2011 to 2012 and took over as Commander ADOC from 2012 to 2014. As Commander ADOC, he was responsible for the execution of all RSAF peacetime operations and for the training of the RSAF's C2 and Ground-based Air Defence forces.

    MG Mervyn then assumed the appointment of Director Military Inteligence (DMI)/Chief Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) from February 2014 to February 2016. As DMI/Chief C4I, he played a key role in raising, training and sustaining the military intelligence community to ensure that the SAF remains at the forefront of military intelligence amidst an evolving security environment.

    MG Mervyn was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver)(Military) in 2010.

    MG Mervyn is married to Gina Yip and has two children, Lucas and Kristel. His hobbies include golf, running and reading.

    Air Force Command Chief
    Military Expert 6 M.A. PATHI

    ME6 M.A. Pathi was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces in 1977 and served with the 46th Singapore Armoured Regiment as a Combat Medic. He joined the Republic of Singapore Air Force in late 1978 and graduated from the Air Engineering Training Institute as an Airframe-Engine Technician in 1980.

    ME6 M.A. Pathi started his aircraft maintenance career with the FGA74 Hawker Hunters in 140 Squadron. From 1988 to 1990, he participated in the Peace Carvin I program at Luke AFB, Arizona, working on the newly acquired F16A/B, Fighting Falcons. Upon completion of the Joint Warrant Officer Course (JWOC) in 1995 he was assigned to Peace Carvin II detachment in Phoenix Arizona as a Production Superintendent. Through the years he underwent further qualification training on the F16C/Ds at Luke AFB, and locally on the F16D+ aircraft.

    Upon his return to Singapore in 1998, ME6 M.A. Pathi was appointed as the Warrant Officer In Charge (WOIC) of the Quality Assurance Centre in Tengah Air Base. In 2001, ME6 M.A. Pathi was awarded the CLASS sponsorship for further studies and graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Aerospace Engineering and Management from the Singapore Polytechnic. In 2002, he was appointed as the WOIC of 140 Squadron and subsequently in 2004 as WOIC of 143 Squadron. In 2006 he was assigned as the WOIC of the Air Logistics Squadron and the Maintenance Centre in Tengah Air Base.

    In 2006, he took on the appointment of Chief Warrant Officer of Tengah Air Base. After the organisational restructuring of the Air Force into functional commands, he was appointed in 2007 as Command Chief of the Air Combat Command. In the same year, he attended the USAF SNCO Course at the SNCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

    In Dec 2014, he was appointed to his current appointment as the Air Force Command Chief.

    ME6 M.A. Pathi has been awarded the SAF Good Service Medal (5 Years), the SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (12, 22, 35 Years), the SAF Long Service Award (15, 20, 25, 30 Years), the State Efficiency Medal (Military), the State Long Service Medal (Military) and the Letter of Commendation (1990, 2000, 2005).

    ME6 M.A. Pathi is married to Thelma and is the father of two girls, Nicole and Ariele.


Last updated on 20 Feb 2014