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The Home Team Rounds Off Year-Long NS50 Celebrations with Istana Reception

Published: 03 November 2017

1.         Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined over 900 Home Team National Servicemen, National Service (NS) pioneers and their families at a dinner reception held at the Istana Lawn this evening. The event caps the year-long Home Team NS50 celebration, which pays tribute to generations of Home Team National Servicemen and their families in keeping Singapore safe and secure. [1]


2.         At the event, PM Lee presented the Full-Time National Servicemen (NSF) of the Year Awards to 10 NSFs from the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force. The Award recognises NSFs who have displayed outstanding commitment and made significant contributions to NS. 


3.         PM Lee also launched the Home Team NS50 Commemorative Book - "Everyday Guardians: 50 Years of National Service in Singapore's Home Team". Written by Koh Buck Song, the book traces the history and evolution of NS in the Home Team. The book will be distributed to all serving Home Team NSFs, schools and public libraries.


4.         Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Manpower, and Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, also attended the reception.



"Our Home Team National Servicemen have made many sacrifices to keep Singapore safe and secure. They play an integral role in the Home Team, serving alongside our regular officers. Over the past year, the Home Team organised a series of events to pay tribute to the contributions of our National Servicemen. Tonight's reception marks the culmination of our year-long celebrations of NS50, and is a fitting occasion to thank our National Servicemen for their dedication and service to the nation."

- Mr K Shanmugam

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law


[1] The other Home Team NS50 events included the Official Opening of the HomeTeamNS Clubhouse at Tampines Hub (February 2017), the Opening of the SCDF NS Gallery (April 2017), the Home Team Show and Festival (May 2017) and Reunion at Old Police Academy (July 2017).