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Fels Alumnus Samuel Lim, '13, Receives Sword of Honor in Singapore National Service

By Nora Laberee (SAS '18)
July 20, 2015

After graduating from Fels with an MPA in 2013, Singaporean native Samuel Lim returned home to serve in the army. In the past two years, he has made great strides.  Drawing on lessons learned at Fels, Lim has had the opportunity to exercise leadership in a command and control driven setting.  He is proud to have begun his career in public service.

Prior to commissioning as an Officer in the Signals Formation, he trained in the deployment of communication platforms to support the Singapore Armed Force's capability to engage in network centric warfare. This July, Lim received the Sword of Honor from Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean. The Sword of Honor is awarded to the top trainee in the formation, based on leadership ability, military planning, physical and academic performance and the demonstration of core values through daily conduct

On his time at Fels, Lim says: “I am tremendously grateful to the faculty and my peers at Fels for their encouragement and words of wisdom in enabling me to push through the 9 months of tough training. In particular, I owe a deal of gratitude to Professor John Mulhern and classmate Matthew Rooney, for candid discussions that helped put my time in the military into perspective and sparked further introspection on the kind of leadership philosophy that I would like to adopt as an officer.”

Now, Lim is headed to a ground unit in the 17th C4I Battalion, leading a signal platoon in the capacity of a Platoon Commander, and will be transitioned to a policy analyst role after completing his tour with the unit.

Fels is extremely proud of Lim’s accomplishments and looks forward to seeing what great things this inspiring alumnus does in the future.

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