A girl posing for a photograph on a Bronco tracked vehicle on the Army Avenue at the Army Open House.
AOH organisers wanted to bring the SAF into the heartlands, to bring the show to Singaporeans from all walks of life. They envisioned 3-generation families trying out equipment, reminiscing about their experiences and building that collective determination to defend what is precious to all of us – Singapore. I think the Army has succeeded.
The crowd along Army Avenue at the Army Open House @ Our City
Held at the F1 Pit building, this was the first Army Open House held right in the heart of the city. And families came. They took rides on the Bionix, Terrex, Light Strike Vehicle and other vehicles at the Battle Rides Zone. It was photos galore for the family album. The children had their first taste of military life as they enthusiastically scrambled across the Forest Adventure Kids Obstacle Course, “painted” their faces in camouflage colours, and wore the uniforms like mini-soldiers. Some like me tried our hand at firing the anti-tank gun MATADOR.
A boy taking his aim at a target with a Matador at the Army Open House.
Crowds were wowed by the Dynamic Defence Demonstrations (D3) which showed how the Army, Air Force and Navy worked closely to storm a building occupied by “terrorists”.
The Dynamic Defence Demonstrations were a definite crowd pleaser!
I also launched the NS45 Showcase. The walk through the Time Tunnel was nostalgic for many Singaporeans, including myself. We have indeed come a long way since the 1970s, when our soldiers wore starched khaki uniforms, and used old-style Colgate tubes and wooden cabinets. The SAF today is a modern and potent fighting force, and it is the duty of present and future generations of Singaporeans to keep it strong.
Launching and touring the NS45 Showcase
It was heart warming to read the many post-it messages in support of NS on the NS45 wall. It showed Singaporeans are strongly committed to NS. Indeed, NS is the bedrock of our defence. This is the price we have to pay to continue enjoying peace and prosperity. For me, my message of support for NS was simple – NS45: Defending Singapore Together.
Messages of encouragement and support for NSmen posted on the NS45 Wall by visitors.
Kudos to all the men and women who worked hard to make this year’s Army Open House a success.
– Ng Eng Hen