On 10 Feb 17, the 21st RSAF Appreciation Dinner was held at Hotel Jen Tanglin, to show appreciation for the contributions of retired RSAF personnel. Guest-of-Honour, CAF, MG Mervyn Tan, was accompanied by Formation Commanders Conference members during the dinner.
Delivering the opening address at the dinner, MG Tan thanked the retired personnel for their years of dedication to the RSAF. "The RSAF is where we are today because we stand on the shoulders of giants like yourselves who came before us. Indeed, our success as an Air Force would not have been possible without your commitment, competence, and professionalism. The RSAF has achieved so much in such a short period of time only because of your dedication and single-mindedness towards Duty, Honour and Country."
As a token of appreciation, MG Tan presented the retirees with retirement gifts to thank them for their invaluable contributions.
One of the retirees who attended was SLTC (RET) S Subash, an Air Warfare Officer (Command, Control and Communications), who served in the RSAF for 26 years. SLTC (RET) Subash shared, "The RSAF and the SAF were instrumental in developing my technical and operational competency, staffing abilities, and leadership and management skills. They sent me for the relevant courses both within and outside MINDEF and these equipped me with the requisite knowledge and skills that not only served me well when I was in the RSAF, but also in my current appointment at the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore."