Nagpur News : Indian Air Force celebrated its 80th anniversary on 08 October 12. On this auspicious day, the customary pledge taking ceremony was held at Vayu Sena Nagar parade ground with full military splendour in pursuance of the rich traditions of the IAF. Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command administered the oath to all the air warriors, NCs(E), DSC personnel and civilian employees for true faith and allegiance to the organisation.
Messages from the President of India, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Raksha Rajya Mantri and the Chief of the Air Staff conveying their felicitations to all personnel and their family members were also read out.
Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command appreciated the hard work done by all personnel of Maintenance Command. He exhorted them to maintain and continue the same dedication and hard work in the times to come. The Air Force Day celebrations included Tea with civilian employees, Barakhana (Community Lunch) at Airmen Mess and a reception for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers at Officers, Mess.
A grand reception for the Air Force Day Celebrations was hosted by Air Marshal J Chandra AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command and Mrs Sharmila Chandra, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) at Air Command House for eminent persons including Civil and Military dignitaries.
In continuation of the festivity and celebrations, a social evening was hosted for all retired Air Force Officers residing at Nagpur at the Officers’ Mess. As is customary, the function started with the singing of the Air Force Song by all present and was followed by a pictorial documentary depicting the Indian Air Force legacy and progress made in the last 79 years. A cultural programme by officers and their wives displayed immense talent and entertained those present on the occasion. The evening further reverberated with the music that delighted everyone. The traditional warmth and gaiety of the party made the veterans feel nostalgic about their continued association with the Indian Air Force.