COLONEL (U) HISHAMUDDIN BIN ABIDIN
Colonel (U) Hishamuddin bin Abidin is the Commander Operations Group of Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF). He has held this post since 31 January 2022 shortly after graduating from Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College (MAFDC) in 2021. Colonel (U) Hishamuddin enlisted in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) on 23 December 1994 and was commissioned after completing his Officer Cadet Course on the 8th February 1996 from the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in the United Kingdom. On 12 January 2011, he attended the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Western Creek in Canberra, Australia. He was awarded a Diploma of Strategy in Defense Studies. Upon returning, he served as a Staff Officer Grade 2 (SO2) A2 and SO2 A3 at the RBAirF Headquarters. In 2015, he was appointed as Chief of Staff (CoS) of RBAirF until 2017. Prior to his current post as Commander Operations Group, Colonel (U) Hishamuddin was posted as the Brunei Defense Advisor to Malaysia from 2017 to 2020. Throughout his career in the RBAirF, Colonel (U) Hishamuddin has been posted in a various position both at the squadron and wing levels, as an operational pilot and including as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI). He received his QHI qualification from Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) in 2001. Upon returning he served and completed his tour at the No. 3 Squadron, Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) and later returned to the operational wing. His experience as QHI has qualified him as Cat A2 instructor from Central Flying School (CFS), United Kingdom during an audit visit to Brunei in 2009. Colonel (U) Hishamuddin has clocked more than 3,800 flying hours having flown notable aircrafts such as SF260, Bell206, Bell212, Bell214ST, Fennec and Sikorsky S70i. He is married to Noorshikin binti Hj Badaruddin and is blessed with two children. During his leisure time, Colonel (U) Hishamuddin enjoys traveling and experiencing different cuisines.