Indian Air Force, which is facing shortage of pilots, got 193 young officers on Saturday as new flight cadets graduated from Air Force Academy, Dundigal received the President's Commissioning order. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff reviewed the Combined Graduation Parade of the flight cadets belonging to Pilot, Navigation and Ground Duty streams.
The President’s Plaque and the Chief of the Air Staff Sword of Honour for standing first in overall order of merit in Pilot’s Course was awarded to Flying Officer Anil Kumar while Flying Officer Durgesh Kumar & Flying Officer Satheesh Kumar were awarded the President’s Plaque for standing first in overall order of merit in Ground Duties Branches and Navigation Branch respectively.
Addressing the new officers , the Air Chief said, “It is a matter of great honour to review the Combined Graduation Parade and welcome these fine men and women into the Indian Air Force as military leaders and aviators. My congratulations to the officers who have been awarded the President’s Commission this morning, an honour which you have earned through hard work and on successful completion of a demanding training curriculum. My felicitations to the six officers of the Indian Navy for earning their coveted ‘Wings’."
The Air Force Academy (AFA), as a Cradle of Military Aviation, provides a unique environment for joint training of cadets of all branches and forge life-long bonds of camaraderie, cohesiveness and éspirit-de-corps. With a distinguished training record to its credit, AFA is at the vanguard of a comprehensive upgrade in IAF’s training pattern and infrastructure. This Academy has successfully inducted and operationalised the PC-7 Mk II as IAF’s Basic Trainer Aircraft and has ushered in an era of modern flying training with high standards of safety and reliability.
On his arrival at the Air Force Academy on 20 Jun 2014, Air Chief was received by Air Marshal PS Gill, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command and Air Marshal RG Burli, Commandant, Air Force Academy. He attended the Ceremonial Guest Night with the graduating cadets and their parents, where he also awarded trophies to those cadets who excelled in their respective branches.