Commander Royal Brunei Air Force
Brigadier General (U) Haji Wardi bin Haji Abd Latip joined Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) as an apprentice in Boys Company from 1982 to 1983. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in December 1984 upon successfully graduating from a prestigious Air Force Academy, the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, United Kingdom. He started his flying career as a student pilot at No.3 Squadron Basic Flying Training School (BFTS), in the Training Wing of the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) from 1984 to 1986. On Successful completion of his flying training he was posted to No.1 squardron (Sqn), Operations Wing (Ops Wg) of RBAirF as a co-pilot on the Bell 212 Helicopter. He attained his combat Ready
(Select) status 6 months after and served as Bell 212 fully operational pilot for about 3 years with No.1 Sqn, Ops Wg RBAirF. He subsequently underwent fast Jet Flying Training at Royal Air Force Church Fenton, Yorkshire, United Kingdom in 1989 (Refresher Fast Jet Course for 82 flight hours on the jet Provost Mk5). He then continued the Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk T Mk1 at the Royal Air Force Valley, Holyhead, Wales. He was also selected to pioneer the Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Program and was sent to Messey Air University, School of Aviation, at Palmerstone North New Zealand to obtain his Multi-engine Pilot Licence in 1994.
In early 1997 he was sent to Halim Pardanakoesumo Air Force Base in Jakarta to do a conversion Flying training at No.2 Sqn on the Indonesian Air Force CN-235 Twin Engine Military Reconnaissance Aircraft. On successful completion of the conversion training in November 1997, he flew the first CN-235 Twin Engine Military Aircraft to Brunei and established No.5 Sqn Ops Wg, RBAirF which was officially formed on 12 December 1997.
In his 29 years of service, Brigadier General (U) Haji Wardi has held various key command and staff appointments in the RBAF and the Ministry of Defence. These include Staff Officer Grade 2 Admin, Staff Officer Grade 2 Operations, Squadron Commander of No.5 Squadron, Operation Wing, Staff Officer Grade 2 to the Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Military Assistance to the Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Commanding Officer Operation Wing Royal Brunei Air Force. In 2007, he was appointed as the Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. In 2011, He was then appointed as the Director of Personnel at the Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam in 2011. Brigadier General (U) Haji Wardi assumed the appointment of Commander of Royal Brunei Air Force on 7 December 2012.
0n 24 May 2013, by the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam he was promoted to Brigadier General.
Throughout his service, Brigadier General (U) Haji Wardi has attended several local and overseas courses. He has also attended various seminars, conferences, workshops and symposiums on area of humanitarian and disaster relief operation, peacekeeping operation and search and rescue operation. They included SAR Executive Planner Workshops organized by the civil Aviation Authority Brunei (CAA Brunei), Flight Safety and Flight Supervisor Course at Royal Air Force Bently Priory United Kingdom, Maritime Surveillance Course at the Australian Defence Force Warfare Center (ADFWC) Wellington Australia, Maritime Surveillance Course at the Singapore Armed Forces Military Training Institute (SAFTI MI) Republic of Singapore, Electronic Warfare Symposium (EW 1996 Malaysia). Multinational Cooperation Assistance Program (MCAP 2005, Japan), Proliferation of Security Initiatives (PSI 2005, Darwin Australia), and ASEAN+3 workshop on the Participation in International Disaster Relief Operation, China ASEAN Dialogue by Senior Defence Scholars on Regional Security Mechanism and Defence Policy in China between 2007 and 2008. Recently, he attended the Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage in Oct 2011 at Harvard Kenny School, United States of America.
Brigadier General (U) Haji Wardi was awarded with several decorations which include SMB, PJP KDYMM, PJP ABDB, PKLPB, PKmdkn, GSM, PCM (PLA Commemorative Medal). He was also awarded with honorary pilot wings by the Massey Air University, New Zealand (1995), Indonesian Air Force (1997) and Republic of Singapore Air Force (2013). Subsequently he was awarded the PCM during his tour as Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Beijing Republic of China for his contribution towards enhancing the bilateral relationship between Brunei Darussalam and people Republic of China.
Brigadier General (U) Haji Wardi and his dearly wife is blessed with 5 children.
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL I.B. PUTU DUNIA
Air Chief Marshal I.B. Putu Dunia was sworn in as the nineteenth Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force on December 17, 2012. Air Chief Marshal I.B. Putu Dunia is a graduate of Indonesian Air Force Academy in 1981 at Yogjakarta, Indonesia.
Since 1981 to 2005, he has attended various professional in-country training and overseas courses during his tenure of duty, among these are; 27th Flying School (1981), Instructor
Flying School (1987), 49th Indonesian Air Force Unit Command College (1980), 33rd Indonesian Army Force Command and Staff College (1996), Intelligence Strategic Course (1999), Air and Defense Attaché Course (2000) and Defense Strategic Studies Course DSSC-Australia (2004-2005).
In the previous assignment and appointment, Air Chief Marshal I.B. Putu Dunia has been involved and entrusted to hold some strategic and important positions in the Air Force, among these are; He was assigned as Pilot of Wing 300, Commanding of National Air Defense, Iswahjudi (1981). Pilot of Air Squadron 12 Wing 300, Commanding of National Air Defense, Pekanbaru (1983), Pilot Instructor of Education and Training Squadron No 102, Adi Sutjipto AFB. (1987), Flight Training Leader for Squadron No 11, HND AFB (1990), Commander of Squadron No 11 of HND AFB (1996), Indonesian Air Attaché to Malaysia (2000), Assistant Intelligence to Commanding No. 2 Air Operation Command (2004), Assistance Officers No. 2 to Assistant COS for Security, (2006), Assistance Officers No. 3 to Assistant COS for Operation (2006), Commander of HND AFB (2008), Commander Sector of National Air Command No. 4 (2010), Expert Staff Grade 3 to Commander in Chief, Indonesian National Defense Forces specializing in Economic, Finance and Trading (2010), Superintendent, Indonesian Air Force Academy (2011), Assistant COS for Personnel (2011), he was the Commander of Armed Forces Command and Staff College before posting as Chief of Staff, Indonesian Air Force since 2012 up to now.
In recognition of his service, loyalty and dedication towards national defense and security, Air Chief Marshal I.B. Putu Dunia was conferred with a number of Awards and Decorations, among these are; Bintang Swa Bhuwana Paksa Nararya, Satyalancana Kesetiaan VIII, XVI and XXIV, Satyalancana Seroja, Satyalancana Dwidya Sistha, Satyalancana Dwidya Sistha, Satyalancana Santi Dharma and in addition to those national medals, he has also been awarded the United Nations Medal (UNIIMOG).
Air Chief Marshal I.B. Putu Dunia was born in Tabanan, Bali on February 20, 1957. He is married to Mrs. Ida Ayu Kumala Dewi Manuaba and the couple is blessed three children, Ida Ayu K Satyawati, Ida Bagus Jaganatha and Bintang Ayu Sanca Putri. He speaks English, Indonesian and Balinese and all of them are Hindus .
Colonel Khamphat PHIMMAHAXAY
Chief of Air Force Department of the Lao People’s Army
Colonel Khamphat PHIMMAHAXAY is the Chief of the Air Force Department, Ministry of National Defence of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and he has been in this position since March 2012.
Colonel Khamphat joined the Air Force in 1972. He then studied at the Air Force College in Vietnam and became an AN-24 pilot in 1974. From 1975 to 1977, he served at the Vientiane Air Force Base.
From 1978 to 1984, he acquired his Masters of Science at the Air Force University in Ukraine. Right after his graduation, in 1985, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of No. 703 Squadron at the Vientiane Air Force Base. During his appointment, he took several training courses such as the Flying Engineer’s Course for the YAK-40 in Russia in 1986, Flying Engineer’s Course for AN-72 in Ukraine in 1998, and the Flying Instructor’s Course for the AN-74 in Ukraine in 2002.
Mr. Khamphat also took some other academic courses, namely the Defence Strategic Studies in the National Defence Academy of Vietnam in 2008, Public Administrative Study at the National Organisation for the Studies of Politics and Administration in Vientiane, Lao PDR in 2011.
During his career, Colonel Khamphat PHIMMAHAXAY received 3 Labour Medals of Second Class, 4 Labour Medals of Third Class, and 3 Valor Medals of Third Class.
GENERAL TAN SRI DATO’ SRI RODZALI BIN DAUD RMAF
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Rodzali bin Daud RMAF was born in Besut, Terengganu on 11th March 1955. He had his earlier education at Tengku Mahmood School, Besut followed by secondary school education at the Boys Wing, Royal Military College. After undergoing cadet officer training, he was commissioned as a Pilot officer in the RMAF on 31st October 1973. He graduated from basic and advance flying at the Flying Training School, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia in 1974 and subsequently served as squadron pilot at No. 6 (Tebuan CL-41G) and No. 12 (F-5E) fighter squadrons. His earlier command experience includes the appointment as
Acting Commandant of No 3 FTC (Pilatus PC 7 and Aermacchi MB 339A), Squadron Commander of Fighter Squadron No. 12 (F-5E) and later No. 17 Squadron (MiG 29N). He has also served as Base Commander of Kuantan Air Base.
He had held various management positions since 1988. These include Staff Officer at Air Defence Command, Head of MiG 29N Project Team in Moscow and the Defence Attache at the Malaysia Embassy, also in Moscow. He has served at the Air Operations Headquarters as the Director of Operations and Exercises, at Air Force Headquarters as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Planning and Development, Commander of Air Training Command and later Commander of No. 1 Air Division. Before assuming his current appointment as Chief of Air Force he served as Air Operation Commander at Air Operation Headquarters.
He is a graduate of New Zealand Air Command and Staff College in 1989. In addition, he is also a graduate of the Malaysia Armed Forces Defence College in 2002 with an accreditation of Masters in Defence Studies from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). In 2006 he graduated from the Pakistan National Defence College with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the Quaid -i- Azam University.
Among the honour bestowed upon him was The Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander), awarded by the President of The United States of America in May 2012.
He is married to Asnah binti Din and blessed with two sons. His hobbies include traveling, reading and out door activities. He also enjoys playing golf.
Lieutenant General Khin Aung Myint
Commander-in-Chief (Air) Myanmar Air Force
Lieutenant General Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Air Force, was born on 30th January 1958 in Mandalay. He graduated from Defence Services Academy in 1979 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the General Duty (Pilot) Branch of Myanmar Air Force.
He underwent flying training in Pilot Course of No.(1) Flying Training School (FTS). On completion of the Pilot Course, he earned his flying wing in 1979. He was posted
as a pilot to No.(4) Squadron and started conversion training on PC-6 light transport aircraft. In 1980, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
He was transferred to No.(31) squadron in 1982, and attended initial conversion course on Beech aircraft. In 1983, he was promoted as a Captain. In 1985, he was chosen to attend Turbo Thrush aircraft conversion training in the United States of America. He was then posted to Office of the Commander-in Chief (Air) as General Staff Officer III. During the period from 1979 to 1985, he had flown several combat missions with PC-6 and Beech aircrafts. In 1991, he attended FH- 227 aircraft conversion course. In 1992, he was posted as a pilot to No.(2) Squadron and started conversion training on F-27 aircraft. In 1993, he was promoted to the rank of Major. In 1994, he underwent conversion training on PC-7 aircraft.
In 1994, he attended and successfully completed Qualified Flying Instructor Course. He was then posted to No.(1) FTS as Chief Instructor (Flying) till 1996. After the completion of duties at No.(1) FTS, he was posted as the Deputy Squadron Commander to No.(46) Squadron. In August 1998, he was appointed as the Squadron Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) of No.(46) Squadron and attended conversion training on Cessna aircraft. In 2001, he also became qualified X-Air aircraft. He attended Command and General Staff College Course No.(54) in 2002. On completion of the year-long course, he was appointed as the Wing Commander (Colonel) of the Myeik Air Force Base Headquarter in 2003.
In 2003, he attended National Defence College Course and graduated with an M.A. (Defence Studies). In 2005, he was appointed as the Base Commander (Brigadier General) of the Myeik Air Force Base Headquarter. On 30th March 2007, he was promoted as the Chief of Staff (Air) (Major General) at the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Air). He was then appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Air Force on 14th February 2013. He became a Lieutenant General on 14th August 2013.
He has accumulated 6536:15 hours of flying time during the period of 34 years in service with Myanmar Air Force. He has flown various type of aircrafts, including SF 260, PC-6, Beech,Turbo Thrush, FH-227, F-27, PC-7, Cessna 180 and X-Air.
He is married to Daw Aye Aye Than and blessed with three sons. He is interested in studying aviation knowledge, reading, and playing golf. He was honoured with General Service Medal, People’s War Medal, State Peace and Tranquility Medal, Maing Yan/Me Tha Waw Battle Star, Conquest Over Threat Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Command and General Staff College Course Medeal, National Defence College Course Medal, Service To the State Medal, Zayakyawhtin Medal and Myanmar Naing Ngan Military In-Service Thingaha Medal for his services and contributions to the armed forces and the nation.
Profile of the 32nd PAF Commander
LIEUTENANT GENERAL LAURO CATALINO G DELA CRUZ O-8104 AFP
The 32nd Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force is a top graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1980. He eventually joined the Philippine Air Force where he distinguished himself as a topnotch aviator. He also earned a splendid reputation for his unblemished military record, sterling accomplishments, discipline and professional integrity, outstanding leadership and managerial style, mission-orientedness, and, above all, that remarkable regard for a “common soldier”.
He rendered very commendable service while serving in numerous significant positions such as Secretary of Air Staff; Commander of Tactical Operations Group 12 in Cotabato; Commandant of Basic Military Training School, AETC; Director for Operations, 15th Strike Wing; Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Operations, A-3; Deputy Wing Commander of 710th Special Operations Wing; Wing Commander of 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing; and as Chief of Air Staff. His performance in all these positions clearly demonstrated that he was an achiever par excellence, which inspired every PAF member to perform their duties with discipline, utmost professionalism and right attitude so that it would contribute to the attainment of Command vision of a Power Up Air Force.
As high flying as he is in his numerous posts, he also distinguished himself in his military and civilian training. He finished his Undergraduate Pilot Training at the PAF Flying School in Fernando Air Base, Lipa City. He is a graduate of the General Staff Course and the Joint Operations Planning Course at the Royal New Zealand Command and Staff College. He also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Arts in Massey University in New Zealand and earned his Masters in Management, Major in Public Administration degree at Philippine Christian University.
He is a recipient of numerous Military Medals, most notably 5 Distinguished Service Star (third highest military award), 2 Gold Cross Medals, an Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Aviation Cross, Bronze Cross Medals, Gawad sa Kaunlaran, Silver Cross Medal, 24 Military Merit Medals, Military Commendation Medals, Military Civic Action Medals among others.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL LAURO CATALINO G DELA CRUZ was born on 30 April 1958. He is married to Lolita L Dela Cruz and blessed with a son, Lou Christopher.
MG HOO CHER MOU
Chief of Air Force
MG Hoo Cher Mou joined the Republic of Singapore Air Force on 18 Dec 1984 and was awarded the SAF Overseas Training Award (Academic) in 1985. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and a Masters in Arts (Biochemistry). In 1995, he graduated from the RAAF Command and Staff College where he was awarded the Sir Richard Williams Prize for Oratorical Excellence. In 2000, under the SAF Postgraduate Scholarship, he pursued a Masters in Public Administration degree at Harvard University, USA, where he graduated as a distinguished Littauer Fellow.
MG Hoo has held a wide range of senior command and staff appointments in the Air Force and in the Joint Staff. He has held the appointments of Commanding Officer, 203 Squadron; Deputy Head, Joint Operations Department; Head Air Plans; Commander, Air Force Systems Brigade; Head Air Training; Commander, Air Defence and Operations Command; Chief of Staff – Air Staff; and Chief of Staff – Joint Staff. MG Hoo was appointed Chief of Air Force on 25 Mar 2013.
For his contributions to the SAF, MG Hoo was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (Military) in 2005.
MG Hoo is married to Julie. He enjoys travelling and reading during his free time.
Biographical Sketch Of Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong
Date and Place of Birth: 7 March 1954; Phitsanulok, Thailand
Religion: Buddhism Foreign Language: English
Marital Status: Married First Name of Spouse: Jintana
Children: Two sons - Jade and Pawan
- Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School
- Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, RTAF Academy
1977 - Flying Training School, RTAF
1978 - Joint Warfare Course
1983 - Test Pilot Course
1986 - Squadron Officer School, RTAF
1987 - F-16 Conversion and Instructor Course at Luke AFB, U.S.A.
1990 - Air Command and Staff College, RTAF
1998 - Air War College, RTAF
2003 - Master of Public Administration, Rangsit University
2005 - National Defence College, Thailand
1977 - Pilot Officer
1979 - Flying Officer
1982 - Flight Lieutenant
1986 - Squadron Leader
1989 - Wing Commander
1992 - Group Captain
2004 - Air Vice Marshal
2007 - Air Marshal
2009 - Air Chief marshal
- Operations and Training Officer, Wing 4
- Commander, Squadron 103, Wing 1
- Chief of Staff, Wing 1
- Deputy Director, Policy and Plan Division, Directorate of Operations
- Director, Policy and Plan Division, Directorate of Operations
- Commander, Wing 1
- Air Attaché to Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
- Deputy Director of Operations
- Chief of Staff, Directorate of Air Operations Control
- Director of Intelligence
- Director of Operations
- Assistant Chief of the Air Staff for Operations
- Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
- Chief of the Air Staff
- Assistant Commander-in-Chief
Present Assignment : Commander-in-Chief (since October 2012)
- Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the
- Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown
- Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the
- Knight Commander (Second Class) of the Most Noble Order of the
Crown of Thailand
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