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Ng Chee Khern

Ng Chee Khern
Ng addresses more than 90 international air chiefs during the Global Air Chiefs Conference forum in Washington D.C. on 25 September 2007.
Born Singapore
Allegiance Singapore
Service/branch Singapore Armed Forces
Years of service 1984–2009
Rank Major-General
Commands held
Awards see #Awards
Ng Chee Khern
Traditional Chinese 黃志勤
Simplified Chinese 黄志勤

Ng Chee Khern is a Singaporean civil servant and former air force general. He is currently the Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in Singapore's Ministry of Defence and the Second Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health. He previously served as the Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from 2006–2009 and held the rank of Major-General. After leaving the Air Force, he served as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division from 2010–2014.


Ng was a recipient of the President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1985.[1] He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Second Upper Class Honours) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He also graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.[2]

Career in the RSAF

Ng enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1984 and served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). He flew the Northrop F-5E Tiger-II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.[3]

Throughout his military career, Ng held various appointments, including: Commanding Officer, 149 Squadron; Commander, Tengah Air Base; Director, Joint Operations and Planning Directorate; Chief of Staff (Air Staff). He succeeded Lim Kim Choon as the Chief of Air Force on 24 March 2006[2] and relinquished this appointment to his second brother, Ng Chee Meng, on 10 December 2009.[4]

Post-RSAF career

After leaving the Air Force, Ng was appointed as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division on 1 September 2010.[5][6] He left this position on 1 May 2014 to serve as the Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) in the Ministry of Defence.[7] He was also appointed as the Second Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on 1 August 2014.[8]

Ng is also a member of the boards of various governmental organisations, including: DSO National Laboratories; Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.[5]

Personal life

Ng has two notable younger brothers. The older of the two, Ng Chee Meng, served as the Chief of Air Force from 2009–2013 and as the Chief of Defence Force from 2013–2015. The younger of his two brothers, Ng Chee Peng, was the Chief of Navy from 2011–2014[4] and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the CPF Board.


Other awards (years of award unknown):



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Military offices
Preceded by
Major-General Lim Kim Choon
Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
24 March 2006 – 10 December 2009
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Ng Chee Meng
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