This blog testifies to the fact that a member of the Defence Force from an ethnic background has served Australia with honour and has left behind an important legacy.

During his outstanding Air Force career, Sam Halim availed himself of every opportunity, excelling at any tasks that were assigned to him. He played many different roles and wore many hats: as a field promoted officer (flight lieutenant) and as a diplomat , dealing with the Kuwaiti royal family, ministers and high ranking personnel within the departments of defence and the British intelligence services.

Sam Halim was commended by the Australian Defense Minister and the Chief of General Staff for his role in the first Gulf War, and by Australian SASR during his deployment with the SAS regiment to Kuwait in 1998. He was also commended by Her Majesty the Queen following a function at Buckingham Palace in 1997.

The attached Testimonial for Service was given to Flt Sergeant Asim Halim (Sam) on his honorable discharge of service. It was signed by K.N. Birrer (Air Commodore), Director General Personnel­ Air Force, who summarises his career with the following words:

“This is indeed a career to be rightly proud of…..Throughout your career in the Air Force, in particular your frequent overseas assignments, you represented your country, your service and yourself with distinction and the highest level of professionalism” .

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