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Singaporeans welcome new senior-ranking officer

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lt. Col. Tham Yeow Min passes a sword and the position of senior-ranking officer to Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon, during a change of assignment ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2017. Tham has been the SRO and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander since June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lt. Col. Tham Yeow Min passes a sword and the position of senior-ranking officer to Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon, during a change of assignment ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2017. Tham has been the SRO and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander since June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, 428th Fighter Squadron senior-ranking officer, poses with his family on the 428th flagship, Jan. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Tham handed command over to Lieutenant Colonel Oon Kok Choon at the Peace Carvin V change of assignment and appointment parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Lott/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, 428th Fighter Squadron senior-ranking officer, poses with his family on the 428th flagship, Jan. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Tham handed command over to Lieutenant Colonel Oon Kok Choon at the Peace Carvin V change of assignment and appointment parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Lott/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, 428th Fighter Squadron senior-ranking officer, taxis in after his final flight, Jan. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As an operational pilot, Tham has achieved over 2,600 flying hours and has served in various fighter squadrons in the Republic of Singapore on the A-4SU, F-5S/T, F-15C/D and F-15SG platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Lott/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, 428th Fighter Squadron senior-ranking officer, taxis in after his final flight, Jan. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As an operational pilot, Tham has achieved over 2,600 flying hours and has served in various fighter squadrons in the Republic of Singapore on the A-4SU, F-5S/T, F-15C/D and F-15SG platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Lott/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, 428th Fighter Squadron senior-ranking officer, prepares for his final flight, Jan. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Tham has served as the SRO since June 2013. Tham has served at the commander of the Peace Carvin V detachment since June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Lott/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, 428th Fighter Squadron senior-ranking officer, prepares for his final flight, Jan. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Tham has served as the SRO since June 2013. Tham has served at the commander of the Peace Carvin V detachment since June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Lott/Released)

A Republic of Singapore Air Force airman reveals the name of RSAF Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon, the incoming senior-ranking officer and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander, on an F-15SG during a change of assignment ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2017. Oon was the head of Flying Training Branch -Air Training Department before his arrival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

A Republic of Singapore Air Force airman reveals the name of RSAF Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon, the incoming senior-ranking officer and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander, on an F-15SG during a change of assignment ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2017. Oon was the head of Flying Training Branch -Air Training Department before his arrival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force airmen stand at parade rest during a change of assignment ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2017. Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon became the Senior-ranking officer and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

Republic of Singapore Air Force airmen stand at parade rest during a change of assignment ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2017. Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon became the Senior-ranking officer and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho --

The Peace Carvin V detachment gathered to welcome the new Republic of Singapore Air Force senior-ranking officer during a change of assignment ceremony here, Jan. 17.

RSAF Lt. Col. Oon Kok Choon, the head of Flying Training Branch - Air Training Department assumed the position from Senior Lt. Col. Tham Yeow Min.

Tham served as the Senior RSAF Officer and Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander since June 2013.

During his tenure as SRO/PC V Detachment Commander, Tham participated in exercises including Exercise Forging Sabre 2013 and 2015, Exercise Red Flag-Nellis 2014, Exercise Combat Hammer 2014 and Exercise Combat Archer 2014 and 2016.

He also achieved a key milestone in his flying career by achieving 2,600 flying hours on the F-15SG.

The PC V detachment was established in October 2008 and consists of approximately 16 U.S. Air Force airmen, 250 RSAF personnel and 95 contractors, to include pilots, weapons systems officers and ground crew.

Oon has over 3,200 flight hours and has served in various fighter squadrons in the RSAF on the A-4, F-16 and F-15SG platforms.

The Peace Carvin program has a history spanning 29 years with detachments at four other locations in the U.S.

The other locations with American-Singaporean partnership units include the PC II F-16 fighter detachment at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Peace Prairie CH-47 Chinook helicopter detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas; Peace Vanguard AH-64 Apache helicopter detachment at Marana, Arizona; and Peace Triton S-70B Sikorsky Seahawk naval helicopter detachment at San Diego, California.

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