New Delhi: A Combined Graduation Parade was held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, on 21 December which marked the successful culmination of training for 127 Flight Cadets of Flying and Ground duty branches of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, was the Reviewing Officer of the Combined Graduation Parade, where he conferred the ‘President’s Commission’ upon the graduating Flight Cadets who successfully completed their professional training.
Twenty one women officers joined the growing number of women in the IAF. On this day the President’s Commission is formally conferred on these young air warriors after rigorous training.
The graduation ceremony was undertaken through a parade and administration of oath. The parade commenced with the flag bearing skydivers of the Akash Ganga team, and the Air Warrior Drill Team put up a synchronized performance. The event was witnessed by family members and friends of passing-out cadets. Several senior serving and retired officers from the three services were present.
The Reviewing Officer was received by Air Marshal AS Butola, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, and Air Marshal J Chalapati, Commandant, Air Force Academy. The Reviewing Officer was presented with a ceremonial salute by the parade followed by a March Past.
The highlight of the Parade was the ‘Pipping Ceremony’, where the Flight Cadets were awarded their ‘Stripes’ (Air Force rank) by the Chief Guest. They were then administered the oath by the Commandant of the Academy in the presence of the Reviewing Officer and other dignitaries.
After the ‘Pipping Ceremony’ the Reviewing Officer presented awards to the Flying Officers who excelled in various disciplines of training. Flying Officer Arunabha Chakraborty from the Flying Branch was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ and President’s Plaque for standing first in overall merit in the Pilots Course. Flying Officer Aayush Pandey and Flying Officer Purnendu Kumar Singh were awarded President’s Plaque for being first in overall merit in navigation and ground duty branches respectively.
Later, addressing the Parade, the Reviewing Officer complimented the newly Commissioned Flying Officers for their immaculate turn out, precise drill movements, and high standards of parade. Congratulating the passing-out cadets, the Chief of Air Staff said, “It is a matter of great pride for me to witness this momentous occasion of the Combined Graduation Parade of the Indian Air Force.”
Bhadauria emphasized in his address the importance of core values of the Indian Air Force, namely mission, integrity and excellence, and exhorted the newly commissioned officers to uphold these values in professional as well as personal lives, and conveyed his congratulations to all the parents who supported their wards and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.
The grand ceremony culminated with the newly Commissioned Officers marching out in two columns to the traditional notes of Auld Lang Syne, acknowledging the first salute given to them by their immediate juniors.
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