“A committed commander, he extended his national service to assist his unit in strengthening the training and operating processes of new equipment. Highly capable, he produces work of high quality and topped his cadet course. His conduct and performance have earned him the respect of his fellow soldiers.” This is how Aaron was described when he was conferred as one of the outstanding SAF officers who received the “Soldier of the Year 2016” award.
His leadership ability and servant leadership qualities were already evident when he was a student in NJC. He served as the Honorary Secretary of the 45th Student Council and during his tenure, he constantly thought about what he could do to make things better for those whom he worked with and for the student community in NJC. As the Honorary Secretary, Aaron initiated several ideas, among which was “Quote of the Week” where he selected quotes which the student population could relate to and this was shared during morning assemblies to inspire his peers. In addition, Aaron also considered better ways to share knowledge and data with the other student leaders. He utilised cloud so that information could be easily accessed and shared. He also served as the Assistant In-Charge of the 2012 Council Retreat and a Member of the 2013 Elects’ Camp Organising Committee. He developed strong relationships with all the councillors under his charge. Because of this, he was able to rally people together to get things done efficiently. When he planned for the college’s National Day Celebration in 2012, he was able to garner support from his college mates as they practised for the formal parade. He also took the initiative on several occasions to help his fellow councillors when they were in need. He provided assistance in collating and sorting of Orientation merchandise even though he was not tasked to do so.
In addition to all these, Aaron also served the community beyond college. He participated in a Values-in-Action project as a volunteer in the Meet-the-People sessions at Toa Payoh GRC where he took minutes for the MP and assisted in crafting letters on behalf of the MP. He grew to appreciate the lives of Singaporeans and became more motivated in wanting to help fellow Singaporeans in overcoming their personal challenges.
Aaron has been offered the ST Engineering Overseas Scholarship and he will further his studies in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London.