Good food, warm company, and great fun. That was what defined the mise en scène during the Farewell Dinner for outgoing Commandant, SAFTI MI, BG Mark Tan, and departing Institute Sergeant Major, MWO Albert Chen, on 27 February, 2012.
Story by 2LT Nicholas Wong Heng Loong
Photographs courtesy of HR SSC
Held in Joy Garden Restaurant at the SAFRA Jurong Club, the event was a perfect setting for SAFTIrians to wind down after the day's work and enjoy the fellowship. The evening kicked off with a scrumptious eight-course Chinese banquet, which to many, conveniently called to mind memories of the familiar wedding dinner, what with the ballroom backdrop, group photos, inter-table mingling, and our honoured guests toasting every table in appreciation of everyone's hard work. Said a cheerful BG Mark, "I know that SAFTI MI is in good hands."
As dessert was slowly finished, several gifts were presented to BG Mark and MWO Albert by senior commanders of the various MI schools and departments. MWO Albert also bestowed BG Mark with a personal gift, symbolic of the close working partnership that they shared during their tenures at SAFTI MI, as well as of the important relationship between the officer and wospec corps. The night ended with BG Mark sharing his words of wisdom, gratitude, and farewell. It was altogether, an enjoyable evening.
BG Mark and MWO Albert have left their own legacies in SAFTI MI, and they will always be fondly remembered and welcome back to the home of the officer corps. We wish them well and all the best in their next appointments.