There's nothing ordinary about life in the RSAF, because everything is elevated to a different plane.
MAJ Vernon Yeow &
ME2 Chan Yeow Teck C3 Team
If there is anyone a pilot would trust with his life during strike missions, intercept operations or time-sensitive search-and-rescue missions, it would be MAJ Vernon Yeow. Responsible for Command, Control and Communications (C3), Vernon works closely with the pilot, alerting him of anything important ahead of time. "My primary role in the RSAF is to conduct Airborne Early Warning (AEW) - an extended arm of the RSAF, complementing the ground sensors to provide extended coverage for greater response time in operational scenarios," Vernon explains.
The AOSX is the right-hand man to the AWO (C3). ME2 Chan Yeow Teck assists the AWO (C3) in expediting the flow of air traffic on the ground and is in charge of managing the different systems and communication equipment in the control tower to provide information and other support to pilots.
Being an integral part of the RSAF team, Vernon and Yeow Teck know that, be it on the ground or in the air, they need to be sharp and alert under pressure. "You will need to do your best in everything and put in 101%." This motto spurred Yeow Teck on to win the Best Air Operations Systems Specialist Award in 2008.
"As we always say, 'the sky is the limit.' Being in the RSAF exposes one to a wide spectrum of operations, and gives me the chance to push the learning envelope as we constantly work with state-of-the-art equipment," says Vernon, who was also awarded the Sword of Honour for being one of the top Air Force trainees in his cohort.
In any airborne battle, the fight begins on the ground, with a crucial team that is the 'eyes and ears' of the RSAF. With the expertise of the Air Warfare Officer (Command, Control and Communications) [AWO (C3)] and the Air Operations Systems Expert (AOSX), our fighters up in the air are able to better see beyond the clouds and enhance their navigation in the vast airspace.
A career in the RSAF gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons overseas. Yeow Teck attended an overseas course in Los Angeles in 2009 and even had the chance to visit Hollywood. Vernon too speaks fondly of his undergraduate years at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), "I was awarded the SAF Academic Scholarship (SAS) to pursue my undergraduate studies overseas. Living alone in London made me a more independent person and broadened my perspectives."