The Air Force Station,Pune,celebrated 81st Air Force Day with traditional pomp and splendour. The week-long celebrations to mark the day culminated on Tuesday with a wreath- laying ceremony at the memorial MIG triangle.
Air Cmde Surat Singh,Air Officer Commanding (AOC),IAF station,Pune,paid homage to martyrs who made supreme sacrifices in the service to nation.
Air warriors,DSC personnel,NC(E)s and civilian at the station took a solemn pledge to reaffirm their dedication and devotion to the country and the Air Force. Messages and greetings from the President,Vice-President,Prime Minister,Defence Minister and Chief of the Air Staff,were read out on the occasion, said a release issued by Press Information Bureau,Defence Wing.
Air Cmde Singh conferred the Chief of Air Staff commendations on WO JS Nagar,JWO Sunil Kumar,JWO SS Sangwan and NC(E) SK Patil. He also conferred AOC-in-C,SWAC,commendation on Wg Cdr V Medratta,Wg Cdr SL Mahajan,JWO AK Sengar,JWO SP Bhatt,Sgt Satish Kumar, Sgt R K Singh and civilian Avula Malyadri.
In his address to personnel,the AOC highlighted the significant role played by IAF station,Pune,in maintaining the preparedness of Indias front-line fighters SU-30 MKI aircraft,the release added.
Meanwhile,the day was also celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety at National Defence Academy (NDA). Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill,Commandant,National Defence Academy,who was the chief guest on the occasion,cut a traditional Air Force Day cake in presence of personnel and civilians of the academy.
An oath-taking ceremony was also held for officers,airmen and civilians at the NDA.
An aerospace safety poster competition was also organised on the occasion. The first three positions were bagged by Meenakshi Devi,Cdt Tushar Sachdev and Mansi Das,respectively. The Air force Training Team (AFTT) also organised a a special Foreign Object Damage Parade highlighting the consequences of damage to aircrafts due to foreign objects. A session on analysis of accidents was also held as part of the celebrations, said a release issued by NDA.
Air Force wing of MILIT organised several events to mark the day. AVM PP Khandekar,Commandant and Director,administrated oath to all air warriors to discharge duties with dedication and devotion. We are the few,the proud,the valiants and the tachyons whose staple diet is challenges. I am sure that all of you will not leave any stone unturned to enhance the image of IAF, a release by Press Information Bureau,Defence Wing,quoted Khandekar as saying.