6/29/2018 4:09:40 PM
|written By : Rachna Satnaliwala|
India-born Singapore citizen, Gaurav Keerthi has been promoted to commander of Air Defence Operations. He is among the seven colonels who have been promoted by Singapore Armed Forces, making him the first Singapore citizen of Indian ethnicity to be promoted to the post of Brigadier General.
The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Defence on 28 June and the promotions will take effect from this Sunday, 1 July.
Bombay-born Keerthi, 39, was the first NRI to be awarded the Singapore Armed Forces scholarship. He attended Stanford University where he got a double degree in Economics and Computer Science.
The 39-year helicopter pilot spent his childhood in Nigeria before his family moved to Singapore when he was 13. Keerthi was also among the few officers sent by the Singapore Armed Forces to rescue victims of the Tsunami in Indonesia in 2004.
Apart from his military career, Keerthi has a passion for debating. His excellent debating skills enabled him not only to win many competitions, but also start the Debate Association and train other, emerging debaters for the World Schools Debating Championships. He also met his Singaporean-Chinese wife, Peggy Pao through debating when he was a student at Stanford University and she was the head of the Oxford Debating Society. They have a two-year old son.