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Army Open House 2017 @ City – A Sneak Preview

The Army Open House 2017 is returning after a 5 year hiatus and it’s making a comeback in the City, in the heart of Singapore’s downtown district at the Marina Bay area! Army Open House 2017 @ City is taking place this coming weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 at the F1 Pit Building in the Marina Bay area, from 9am to 8pm. There are many exciting things to see, do, participate, have fun, enjoy and relive your National Service memories (for those who served NS before). I was at Army Open House 2012 @ Our City, I had an enjoyable time there, that year was NS45 and it brought me back many memories of my NS days! Before you continue reading, take a flight back in time to Army Open House 2012 through my article and photos!

Now, let me bring you back to 2017! This coming weekend, Army Open House is making a comeback into the City! There is something for everybody to do and participate, from the young children to the adults! The Army Open House 2017 @ City will be an excellent family outing to learn and know more about National Service in Singapore, the importance and significance of Total Defence, the history, heritage and many different memories of 50 years of National Service, as well as understanding and knowing the capabilities of our 3G Singapore Army.

Today, I am going to share a sneak preview of what the visitors can see, do, participate, watch, enjoy, have fun and learn at Army Open House 2017 @ City! First and foremost, let me show you the map below, the layout of Army Open House 2017 @ City

Source: The Singapore Army Facebook Page / Map download link for easy viewing – http://bit.ly/aoh17layout

First and foremost, before you visit Army Open House 2017 @ City, remember to download the Army Open House 2017 Mobile Application from the Apple Store, Google Play or via this link: https://aoh17.skyopt.com/

From the map, you can see that there are a vibrant and diverse mix of activities, displays, exhibitions, performances at Army Open House 2017 @ City, from static exhibits, dynamic performances, battle rides, interactive games, activities and of course, Singaporeans favourite topic – food. All the various activities promise to keep your whole family entertained and engaged at Army Open House 2017 @ City.

Let me share with you some of the key highlights of Army Open House 2017

Go on Battle Rides

The Battle Rides will be one of the main/most popular highlights of Army Open House 2017, whereby you would expect a huge crowd wanting to have a go on the various Battle Rides offered during Army Open House 2017 @ City.

Land Rides – Terrex ICV , Bronco ATTC , LSV Mark II , Peacekeeper PRV

Water Rides – M3G , LARC V

I took a ride on the M3G during the media preview, had a short water ride on the waters of Marina Bay, had some great views of the Marina Bay surroundings and Army Open House 2017!

Take note! Look out on the map and head down to the booth to register for your battle rides!

Participate in “Soldier Strong Challenge”

An action area, ideal for adults to participate together with their children, great time for father-child bonding session! It’s a mix of the former Standard Obstacle Course (a.k.a SOC) and the new age SOC for the modern 3G Army training.

When I saw the “SOC ground”, it brought back many many NS memories for me, the SOC was a nightmare for me when I was a recruit, as time went by during my NS time, it got better and easier as I got fitter from the physical training, conditioning and build up during my NS days. Many stories and memories from my SOC days during my NS days, those were some unforgettable days for me.

If you are game for it, have a go at the “Soldier Strong Challenge” with your child, it’s going to be a priceless family bonding activity!

NS50 Showcase

50 years, a milestone for National Service in Singapore. Our Singapore Army has come a long way since 1967, since the start of National Service. Today, we had a modern 3rd Generation army equipped with some of the latest military equipment and vehicles. National Service had gone through so much over the 50 years and I was also one of the many many Singaporeans that went through National Service. The importance and significance of National Service must never be forgotten, all of us have a part to play in our national defence.

The NS50 Showcase is a very interesting exhibition, besides walking through history and evolution of National Service in Singapore, this is also an experiential exhibition incorporating modern technology such as virtual reality and videos.

This NS50 Showcase is not just a history showcase, it’s also about the people that went through, served and supported NS, it’s also about the achievements of our National Service men and women, in defending and safeguarding Singapore, as well as the international roles/support that our Singapore Armed Forces played.

National Service – Serve, Support, Pledge, Reflect, four keywords at the end of NS50 Showcase segment. We must not forget that defence and safety of our nation lies in our own hands and not somebody else.

Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show

The Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show is another key highlight of Army Open House 2017 @ City. The 3D Show gives the public a better understanding of our various types of military equipment, vehicles, personnel in action, a showcase of the modern 3G Army warfare capabilities.

There are quite a number of 3D Show in action, it would be great for the family and children to watch and learn more about Singapore Army. What are some of the 3D show actions that you can expect to watch? Let me share some photographs below!

Limited edition collectibles

Take a look at this video on The Singapore Army Facebook Page, would you love to get your hands on these collectibles?

Yes, you can get your hands on them by taking part in various activities during Army Open House 2017 @ City to redeem them!

Many more things/exhibits/fun to explore

There are still a lot more to explore at Army Open House 2017 @ City!

  • Remember to go for your Canteen break!
  • There are kids and games zone on level 2 of the F1 Pit Building
  • Check out the Army Exhibition on level 1 amd 2
  • Army Platforms Display along the F1 main track
  • Visit the Battlefield Zone and get yourself into action
  • Performances on the Main Stage

For more information and updates, here are some of the key website and social media links

A gentle reminder to all visitors to Army Open House 2017 @ City, please take note of the following:

  • Dress in comfortable attire
  • Wear covered shoes
  • Wear a cap
  • Remember to keep yourself hydrated when you are at Army Open House 2017 @ City

This will be a great time for a family outing! Parents, bring your children down to Army Open House 2017 @ City, enjoy and have fun! Share with them your NS memories and stories!

I would like to thank Army Information Centre for the invitation to the media preview of Army Open House 2017 @ City!

***** Update 29th May 2017 *****

Due to overwhelming response and positive feedback from the public, Army Open House 2017 @ City has now extended to 29th May 2017 from 9am to 8pm. More information inside their Facebook Page!

SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014

15th February is just like any other day in our calendar. For Singapore, 15th February is an important date for us to remember in our history, it’s the day when Singapore entered into a period of darkness 72 years ago on the 15th February 1942, when Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War 2, plunging Singapore into a dark period from 15th February 1942 to 12th September 1945.

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15th February is an important date for all of us to solemnly remember and not to forget our history and what happened to Singapore in 1942. Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) held a Total Defence Day Commemoration Event at the War Memorial Park in City Hall area, with a weapons presentation ceremony to the new recruits of 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards. The weapons presentation is an important milestone in the life of a recruit becoming a soldier in their National Service.

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The War Memorial Park is of great and important significance for Total Defence Day and the weapons presentation ceremony. The 61m tall memorial monument comprises of 4 columns, representing the 4 races and it is joined at the base to signify the unity of all races. It was built to remember the civilians of all races who lost their lives during World War 2. Having the weapons presentation at the War Memorial Park reminds our soldiers on the ultimate purpose that they have been training for, to defend Singapore.

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The Total Defence Day Commemoration Event started with the laying of the wreath by the selected recruit from 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards along with the Chief of Defence Force.  The Last Post was played (and for those who understand the significance of the Last Post) it was a sombre moment to remember those who had fallen, followed by the 1 minute of moment of silence.  The playing of the Rouse was followed after the moment of silence.

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At 1820hrs, the time when General Percival surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the weapons presentation commenced and it brought me back memories, to my days of serving National Service and receiving my weapon in the ceremony. The Recitation of Weapon Pledge and the SAF Pledge followed after that, with the National Anthem being played at the end of the SAF Pledge.

Let’s take this time to remember our fallen, our history, and progress and not take things for granted. Everybody plays a part in Total Defence.

Lest We Forget

* I would like to thank Mindef Public Relations for the invitation to attend SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014 at the War Memorial Park at City Hall *


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Total Defence Day 2013

This day, the 15th February is an important and significant day in Singapore’s history. In the year 1942, on the 15th February, Singapore fell to Japanese control when the British forces led by General Percival surrendered at 1820hrs to the Japanese Army. Every 15th February marks Total Defence Day, it also marks the anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  Total Defence is for everybody to play a part no matter how big or small, in everyday aspects of our life from all walks of the society, to make our country Singapore, more resilient.

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15th February 2013 marks the 71st Anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) organised commemoration events in conjunction with Total Defence Day. I was invited by MINDEF Public Affairs to a private military event a Weapons Presentation Ceremony for the new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards at War Memorial Park, which was part of 2013 Total Defence Day events.

The Weapons Presentation Ceremony is a special and unique event for the recruits during Basic Military Training when they made the symbolic first step from recruits into soldiers. This kind of ceremony is usually private and held in SAF camps or a place of historical significance. Being a former soldier that served my National Service, I went through the Weapons Presentation Ceremony before, in my camp. It was an important event and significant for the recruits that were presented with the weapons to defend our country Singapore.

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War Memorial Park is an ideal location for the Weapons Presentation Ceremony, it was constructed to remember all the civilian lives lost during World War II. The 61 meters tall monument, consisting of four columns, representing the four races in Singapore, joined at the base, signifying the unity of all the races. The new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards; that were presented with their weapons at the War Memorial Park, would deeply remember their role, purpose, significance and importance of their roles in defending Singapore as a soldier of the Singapore Armed Forces. The Total Defence Day event on 15th February 2013, started with the placement of wreath by ceremonial military police, followed by the Last Post (Bugle Call) and the Observation of 1-minute of silence. It was a sombre moment with the Last Post being sounded and the moment of silence, reminding us of the fallen civilians during World War II. At 1820hrs, the weapons were presented to the recruits of 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, the approximate time when General Percival of the British forces signed the surrender agreement of Singapore in 1942.

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The weapons presentation was also attended and observed by family members of the recruits of the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards. Watching the weapons presentation ceremony from the sidelines, this brought back my National Service memories when I also went through the ceremony. After the weapons were all presented to the recruits, it was followed by the Recitation of the Weapon Pledge, the Recitation of the SAF Pledge and lastly the National Anthem of Singapore.

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While this marked the end of the ceremony and Total Defence Day 2013, their importance and significance must never be forgotten. Lest We Forget Total Defence Day. I would like to say a big Thank You to MINDEF Public Affairs for this special invitation to attend and observe this special ceremony.

Adventure at Army Open House 2009 !

The Army Open House 2009 is here once again, starting from 3rd September to 7th September 2009 at the Pasir Laba Camp, open from 9am to 7pm daily. This is a popular event for family members bringing their children to enjoy and learn about the 3rd Generation Army !

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The weather today, 5th September was great, sunny weather and clear blue sky, it was a bit hot, however, perfect for all the activities and rides to take place without facing the constraints of bad or wet weather. There were 7 different worlds for all and they are

=> Our World => Mission World => Combat World => Battle World => Action World => Future World => Fun World

Do drop by the Army Open House 2009 Website for more information of the 7 Worlds !

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I went walking around and taking photos, enjoying the fun and reminiscing my days in the military service whereby I am considered a 2nd Generation Army and the equipment and technology that all of us are viewing belongs to the 3rd Generation Army ! Overall, technology had greatly improved not only our daily life, it had also improved the fighting capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces, with their high tech toys and equipment ! Lots of action at the Action World, saw 2 displays of Homeland Security Show and Red Lions Free Fall, Silent Precision Drill and K9 Dog Show, it was fun watching various performances !!

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Went into Mission World and Our World, it showed the history and development of the Singapore Armed Forces, how much SAF had matured till today and the crucial roles, aid duties and missions that were taken upon with huge responsibilities and commitment around the world, helping countries in need or in support of United Nations international efforts and missions. Singapore showed the world that being a small country does not prevent us from contributing to the international community, and by informing Singaporeans on where and what the Singapore Armed Forces are helping out worldwide, it’s a great lesson for us to learn about humility, appreciating the things around us in Singapore, counting our blessings and to help out people who are less well off around the world.

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Do drop by on the 6th and 7th September 2009 at the Army Open House 2009 and enjoy yourself, it would bring back many many memories for the boys !! For more photos of the Army Open House 2009, do drop by my Flickr Photos !!!