New insignias for 86 RBAF officers

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EIGHTY-SIX Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) officers were promoted at an official ceremony at the Officers’ Mess at Berakas Garrison yesterday.

The promotions were approved by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the RBAF.

Eight acting majors were made substantive majors, while 29 captains were promoted to the rank of substantive major.

Meanwhile, three captains were promoted to the rank of acting major, while three acting captains were confirmed as substantive captains.

The ceremony also saw 36 lieutenants promoted to the rank of substantive captain, while four other lieutenants were made acting captains.

Yesterday’s event also saw three second lieutenants receiving their lieutenant insignias.

RBAF Commander Major General Dato Paduka Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin was on hand to award the insignias.

Newly promoted Major Pg Muhd Khairollah Pg Hj Zainal said he felt blessed and happy. He has served 11 years in the armed forces, and was promoted to the rank of captain in 2007.

“There is a lot of obligation and responsibility in being an officer,” he said.

He currently commands a rifle company but said he looks forward to shouldering greater responsibilities as a major.

Captain Siti Nurafiqah Hj Morsidi has been with the armed forces for five years. She was also delighted to have earned a promotion.

She was one of the first to graduate from the Officer Cadet School. She said: “Serving with the armed forces has been very good. It has taught me a lot, including leadership and command.”

While a little daunted by the responsibility of being a captain, she said she is ready to meet the challenge.

CPT Siti Nurafiqah is currently a training officer at the Training Institute’s Evolution Centre.

Meanwhile, Major (U) Hasrulalwe Hj Matassan was feeling doubly blessed as his wife recently gave birth to a baby girl.

“Serving with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is good, but challenging. You need dedication and you need to be proactive when it comes to bringing about positive change in the institution,” he said.

A fixed wing pilot for the Royal Brunei Air Force, he said his promotion had motivated him to excel and to contribute even more to the armed forces.

The Brunei Times