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Selamat Bertugas Wira Negara | Tour of Duty in Lebanon

A few weekends back I was in Subang TUDM Air Force base for a special occasion. The official sending off of around 300 officers and men of various ranks from the Army, the Royal Navy and the Air Force for a one-year United Nations peacekeeping tour in Lebanon.

One of the 300 brave personnel is my wife’s brother in law (my biras) hence I got the chance to witness a rather emotional and patriotic scene of the heroes and their families before leaving for Lebanon.

I was just a ‘guy with a camera’ on that day and here are some shots which I think turned out quite ok.

Everyone starts to gather right after break of dawn and subuh prayers at a nearby mosque.

Just outside the Air Force’s Terminal Pergerakan Udara, large-sized tents were setup for the families…

…and breakfast was served. As MASCharter was handling the flight, it was all Malaysian Hospitality’s standard with food being catered by LSG SkyChef. World class! Well done MASCharter and Capt Nik Huzlan.

The ever adorable MASCharter crew serving Happy Meals to the kids.

This is why Happy Meal is such a great idea.

It’s a good distraction from the emotional part of being separated from their dads. Little that they know that their dads are the actual ‘incredible hulks’ and superheroes!

A proud son wearing his dad’s blue beret, a signature headwear of a UN mission.

Close-up of the blue beret.

Nations Unite – One of it being Malaysia!

Last minute quality time with family.

Thanks to technology, the world is becoming smaller. Lebanon is just a phone call away.

Last minutes word of wisdoms from my father in law

Some other interesting shots while waiting for the boarding call.

One for their album.

It was then boarding time.

The most emotional part of the day.

In the most punctual and discipline way the 300 personnel said goodbye to their families and started the boarding process.

Just like that, the 300-personnel went into the terminal and eventually left with a chartered Boeing 747-400. A patriotic and emotional day.

Selamat Bertugas Wira-wira Malaysia!

11 Comments

  1. sheila February 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    sedih i baca this post. i tak boleh bayang kalau my hubby kena pergi. sob sob….

  2. Abang Ben February 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Nice photos… tapi takde gambar aweks!!!

  3. azuan@office February 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

    ada bro… gambar no#4 tu ada stewardess lagi! hahaha

  4. Steyr February 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Walaupun bukan pergi berperang, lebih banyak pendedahan sepatutnya diberi kepada generasi muda berkenaan misi2 seperti ini. Ramai rakyat Malaysia tidak tahu kisah di sebalik misi seperti ini dan saya ucapkan tahniah kepada tuan kerana berkongsi gambar2 Dan penulisan. Tahniah.

  5. aemy March 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    nielah saat yg amat menyedihkan.. terpaksa berpisah ngan insan tersayang wlpn hanye seketika.. sehingga kini saya masih x dpt melupakan keadaan ketika itu.. hanye doa yg dpt di titipkan wt suami tercinta yg kini berada di KEM TIBNIN, LEBANON.. kami menunggu kepulanganmu dengan iringan doa…. harap wira2 negara kita pulang dgn selamat.. amin~~~~~

  6. aemy March 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    terima kasih.. saya berbangga suami saya dapat berkhidmat di negara lebanon.. semoga beliau dapat mengharumkan nama negara MALAYSIA… dan kembali ke tanahair dengan selamat….

  7. Geetha June 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    hi, my husband is leaving to lubnan in few weeeks time. i’m proud yet truly sad that i have leave away from him. can u pls ask the person’s wife how did she actually contact her husband in lubnan for that one year. i mean did he have to buy a new sim from lubnan. and how was the charger. pls help me. it will be one help that i will never forget. please n thank you. im in desperate need of ur help. we are not sure because i dont know anyone who went on this mission before this.

  8. azuan June 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I will immediately ask and respond to you. Thanks

  9. hana July 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    sy juga ingin mengetahui info yg Geetha tnye..coz husban sy akn ikuti misi Malbat 6 oktober 2013.dekt sn ada kmudhn wifi ke?

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