Hoo Cher Mou
|Hoo Cher Mou|
|Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force|
25 March 2013 – 28 March 2016
|Preceded by||Ng Chee Meng|
|Succeeded by||Mervyn Tan Wei Ming|
|Service/branch||Republic of Singapore Air Force|
|Years of service||1984–2016|
|Hoo Cher Mou|
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.
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. Hoo, who is trained in air surveillance and air traffic control, is the first non-pilot to serve as the Chief of Air Force.
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.
Hoo is married to Julie Hoo.
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Major-General Ng Chee Meng
|Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
25 March 2013–28 March 2016
Brigadier-General Mervyn Tan Wei Ming