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TANAH JAMBU, Friday, 17 November 2023 - Six officers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) officers received the OBOE Endeavour Academic Excellence Award from the Australian Government in recognition of their outstanding results during the recently concluded 13th RBAF Command and Staff Course (CSC) 2023. The ceremony was held at the Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces (DA RBAF).

The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Luke Arnold, High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam. Also present were Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan, Commander of RBAF, Services Commanders and Acting Service Commander, Acting Joint Force Commander, members of the Australian High Commission, Directors, DA RBAF officers as well as the Alumni of the OBOE Endeavour Academic Excellence Award.
The Guest of Honour presented the award to the six recipients, 859 Lieutenant Commander Mohd Hydzir Zuhdi bin Haji Sulaiman, RBN, 881 Major Mohammad Sufrien bin Johan, Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF), 889 Lieutenant Commander Dk Lyadia Ulandari binti Pg Haji Muhamad, RBN, 892 Lieutenant Commander Hidayatul Zabidah binti Haji Dayang, RBN, 907 Major Siti Nur Irmaya binti Yahya, Ministry of Defence and 925 Major Abd Rahim bin Haji Adris, RBLF.
The OBOE Endeavour Award is an academic excellence programme sponsored by the Australian Government, awarded to CSC participants who have achieved outstanding results during the course. These officers will be invited to Australia to meet Senior Military Officers from the Australian Defence Force, tour selected Australian military bases, participate in educational and cultural activities, and engage in dialogues as well as discussions. These year’s award recipients will leave for Australia from 02 to 07 December 2023.

The programme is aimed to impart knowledge to the officers about Australia in particular its Defence Force, share commonalities on the region’s security and interests, as well as to foster the relationship between the Armed Forces and enhance the bilateral defence relations between Brunei Darussalam and Australia. This event is the sixth in the series since it started in 2018.