(Clockwise from top left) SV1 Kelly Latimer, 3WO Winnie Oh, MAJ Khoo Teh Lynn, SSG Venice Ng and ME3 Sanhti d/o Thanapal are just some of the individuals who manage the domains of motherhood and the military with flair and finesse. | Photos: Instagram/@kellylatimer, Facebook/@oursingaporearmy, @TheRSAF, Instagram/@peabeejello and Facebook/@defencepioneersg
They not only look after their families, they look after the country as part of our military defence. These mums are so cool, they’re hot.
MAJ Khoo Teh Lynn
Having got the bug for flying in her teens, she became the RSAF’s first female fighter pilot and was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 – the same year she became a mum. Check out our piece on "Awesome Women Of Singapore", a book released by the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations, in which MAJ Khoo is one of the 160 women featured.
ME3 Sanhti d/o Thanapal
If you need help in an emergency, call her. She helped in the SAR mission for MH370 and heads the Air Ops Section in the Air Operations & Systems Expert (AOSX) School at AWTI.
"I need to juggle life and time management, and I think the Air Force taught me well - how to do time management, and I learnt a lot from it," she says in this video.
"I've been fortunate enough to have Commanding Officers who have been incredibly supportive and who have enabled me to achieve that exclusive balance between work and family."
She’s 41, has three kids and runs faster than you! Meet SAFSA sprinter 3rd Warrant Officer (3WO) Winnie Oh. Check out how this combat engineer from The Singapore Army juggles 🏃♀️ training with her work and family commitments.
Posted by PIONEER on Thursday, 19 March 2020
3WO Winnie Oh
If someone in your unit says, “my mother can run faster than you”, their mum could be this Army combat engineer and SAFSA sprinter. The mum of three picked up four gold medals at the 2018 Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championships!
SSG Venice Ng
This assistant trainer in Signals Institute became a mum (to little Harley) last year. She keeps the comms going by training signal operators to operate signal sets as well as the Battlefield Management System for the Terrex.
SV1 Kelly Latimer
You probably know her as a host/presenter or you’ve seen her face in ads, but this mum of two also knows all about paying it forward – she signed up for the SAF Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) because she wanted give back to the nation’s defence.
As an infomedia volunteer, she had to cover Instagram stories for the BMT enlistment that took place last year amid all the new safety measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The parents weren't going to Tekong anymore, so there was a lot of separation between the boys who were going in and their parents. So, we were trying to bridge that gap through social media. Parents were actually able to see what their sons were going through," says Kelly in this video, where she describes one of her most meaningful deployments with the SAFVC.
Read our piece on some of the women in the SAFVC.
And finally, some heartfelt Mother's Day 2021 videos from the RSAF and Army: