Army marks 55th anniversary, holds first ever virtual exhibition

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01 Dec 2020 | COMMUNITY

Army marks 55th anniversary, holds first ever virtual exhibition

//Story Koh Eng Beng

//Photos Chua Soon Lye

English 华文

There's a whole host of activities and games for everyone in the family at the Army 55 virtual exhibition.

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To mark its 55th anniversary this year, the Singapore Army has organised its first ever virtual exhibition, themed #OurArmyFamily.

Held from 1 to 13 Dec, the virtual exhibition recognises the contributions of soldiers, past and present. It also shows appreciation to Singaporeans and their families for their continued support of servicemen and women in the Army.

Visit the virtual exhibition to learn more about the evolution of the Army, its operational capabilities and platforms, as well as the professionalism of Singapore soldiers. Visitors can also take part in games and activities with their family members! Here's what to expect:

Explore and learn about 44 of the Army's platforms and weapon systems.
Miss your NS days? Play a first-person shooter game in SAF training areas such as Murai Urban Training Facility and Lorong Asrama.
The young ones can hone their marksmanship at the "live-firing" range.
Keep in shape by following the Army's physical training programmes and nutrition guide.
Learn to bake a Leopard Tank chiffon cake.
Join Power 98 deejays JK and Mike as they quiz servicemen and women on their Army training experience.
Read about legendary figures in the Singapore Army such as "Tiger Hong". CPT (Ret) Hong was known for his strict and no-nonsense approach to managing soldiers.

Honouring soldiers

Addressing Singaporeans in a pre-recorded video as the Guest of Honour for the virtual launch on 1 Dec, Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How said: "Our Army is strong because of the commitment of our soldiers, and the public support for national service and our national defence.

"Army 55 is a time for us to celebrate and appreciate the soldier in every family, and the strength we draw from our Army family. This virtual exhibition will honour our soldiers and those who support them."

Mr Heng (centre) launching the Army 55 virtual exhibition with Chief of Army Major-General Goh Si Hou (second from right); Director National Service Affairs Brigadier-General Kenneth Liow (first from left); Sergeant Major of the Army Chief Warrant Officer Chua Hock Guan (first from right); and COL Yik.

In his address, Mr Heng also expressed his appreciation for the Army's contributions to the national fight against COVID-19.

He noted that over 5,000 personnel - both active and National Service (NS) - had stepped forward to contribute in various areas such as supporting the healthcare system, contact tracing, and caring for migrant workers.

Virtual but interactive

At a media preview on 27 Nov, Colonel (COL) Dean Yik, Chairman of the Army 55 Virtual Exhibition Organising Committee, said the virtual exhibition will showcase the progress of the Army over the past 55 years through the stories of its people.

Take a virtual tour of the NS Gallery and NS Square at Marina Bay, and read stories contributed by former and current soldiers. You can also submit stories from your time in the Army.

"We also want this to be a platform where soldiers can bring their family members and loved ones to visit and share their own unique army experiences," he added.

"This will be a family centric exhibition - there will be engaging interactive games and activities, such as our first virtual run event that we're organising as part of this exhibition."

Join the Army in their race to cover 55,000km in the #OurArmyFamilyRun by clocking 5.5km as an individual or family.

Noting that the static display of platforms and weapon systems had been a crowd-puller in past Army Open Houses, the organisers had designed the virtual exhibition to be as interactive as possible for families and kids, said COL Yik.

Through the virtual exhibition, visitors can look at the platforms and weapon systems, read up their tech specs, and watch videos of them in action.

"Even though you cannot physically touch it, you can experience it in a different way. We also have a 'photo booth' where you can take photos with some of our platforms," said COL Yik.

COL Yik and his team of about 80 personnel started conceptualising the Army 55 virtual exhibition earlier in May this year.

The online format of this year's exhibition, he added, also allows visitors to see and experience more. It would not be possible to hold a static display for the 44 platforms and weapon systems due to space constraints in a physical exhibition, he explained.

Another advantage of the virtual format is that visitors need not queue up for games and simulators, he added.

Check out the virtual exhibition at www.go.gov.sg/OurArmyFamily For more information on the virtual exhibition, visit the Singapore Army Facebook page.

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