Hoo Cher Mou

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Hoo Cher Mou
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Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
In office
25 March 2013 – 28 March 2016
Preceded by Ng Chee Meng
Succeeded by Mervyn Tan Wei Ming
Personal details
Born Singapore
Spouse(s) Julie Hoo
Awards see #Awards
Military service
Allegiance  Singapore
Service/branch Republic of Singapore Air Force
Years of service 1984–2016
Rank Major-General
  • 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
  • Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
  • Chief of Air Force (2013–2016)
Hoo Cher Mou
Traditional Chinese 符策謀
Simplified Chinese 符策谋

Hoo Cher Mou is a Singaporean air force general. He served as the Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from March 2013 to March 2016, and holds the rank of Major-General.


Hoo received his pre-university education in Hwa Chong Junior College and was a top student there. He was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Training Award (Academic) in 1985. He graduated from Girton College, Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in biochemistry. He also attended the RAAF Command and Staff College in 1995 and received the Sir Richard Williams Prize for Oratorical Excellence. In 2000, under the SAF Postgraduate Scholarship, he obtained a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and graduated as a distinguished Littauer Fellow.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

Hoo enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in December 1984 and served in the Air Force (RSAF). Throughout his career in the military, he has held various appointments, including: 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; Chief of Staff, Joint Staff. Hoo succeeded Ng Chee Meng as the Chief of Air Force on 25 March 2013 and stepped down on 28 March 2016.[3] Hoo, who is trained in air surveillance and air traffic control, is the first non-pilot to serve as the Chief of Air Force.[2][1]

During Hoo's tenure, the RSAF was involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities, such as the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014, the recovery of Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 in December 2014, and aerial firefighting in Sumatra, Indonesia in October 2015. Hoo also oversaw the RSAF's participation in Singapore's Golden Jubilee (SG50) celebrations in 2015, which included performances by the RSAF Black Knights and the "50"-formation flypast by 20 F-16 fighter aircraft at the National Day Parade.[4]

Hoo stepped down from his appointment as the Chief of Air Force on 28 March 2016 and was replaced by Mervyn Tan Wei Ming.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hoo is married to Julie Hoo.[2]



  1. ^ a b Chow, Jermyn (4 February 2013). "New Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Air Force". The Straits Times. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "SAF Leadership". MINDEF. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "RSAF welcomes new Chief of Air Force". Channel NewsAsia. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Change in Chief of Air Force". MINDEF. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Major-General Ng Chee Meng
Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
25 March 2013–28 March 2016
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Mervyn Tan Wei Ming