Air Chief Mar­shal B.S. Dhanoa, IAF Chief

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On the oc­ca­sion of the 86th An­niver­sary of the In­dian Air Force, I ex­tend my fe­lic­i­ta­tions to all Air War­riors, NCs (E), DSC per­son­nel, Civil­ians and their fam­i­lies. My spe­cial greet­ings to our es­teemed Air Veter­ans and their fam­i­lies. The Air Force Day is highly revered as it marks the birth of the IAF and is an op­por­tu­nity for us to re­flect upon our rich past with a deep sense of pride in our achieve­ments. We salute our brave air war­riors who have dis­played courage and pro­fes­sion­al­ism and en­sured suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of all mis­sion no mat­ter how daunt­ing the con­di­tions. We also pay trib­ute to our brave mar­tyrs’ who made the supreme sac­ri­fice in the line of duty. It is also an oc­ca­sion to reded­i­cate our­selves to the ser­vice of the na­tion and take a pledge to take the IAF to greater heights.

In the past few years, the geo-po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment has been rapidly chang­ing and un­cer­tain­ties have cre­ated nu­mer­ous chal­lenges to na­tional se­cu­rity. The IAF is ever pre­pared to meet any con­tin­gency that chal­lenges the de­fence of our coun­try. In the year gone by, IAF has con­tin­ued to grow from strength to strength and achieved a num­ber of op­er­a­tional mile­stones. To face this dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment the IAF is in the process of ac­quir­ing multi-spec­trum strate­gic ca­pa­bil­i­ties in con­so­nance with the ex­pand­ing na­tional in­ter­ests.

To­wards Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance and Disas­ter Relief the IAF re­sponded to the clar­ion call of duty in aid to civil au­thor­ity in a swift and timely man­ner. Our brave air war­riors con­tin­ued to pro­vide suc­cour to our coun­try­men in times of need and demon­strated ex­cep­tional courage, self­less­ness and tenac­ity in the face of the most hos­tile and ad­verse con­di­tions.

IAF has been ac­tively in­volved in pro­vid­ing res­cue and relief to cy­clone, flood and land­slide af­fected ar­eas of Ker­ala, Tamil­nadu, Tripura, Na­ga­land and Kar­nataka. The IAF pro­vided timely as­sis­tance in fight­ing for­est fires in Theni, Ka­tra, Pathankot, Kasauli and even ur­ban fires in Delhi. It re­quired fly­ing he­li­copters in the most chal­leng­ing ter­rain and weather con­di­tions in the world. In ad­di­tion, air­lift­ing of relief ma­te­rial to Myan­mar, fire fight­ing on an In­dian Mer­chant Ship and CASEVAC of pil­grims stranded at Kailash Mansarovar and Amar­nath Ya­tra were also car­ried out.

The IAF has scaled greater heights of suc­cess in the field of sports as well as ad­ven­ture. The per­for­mance dis­played by our young Air War­riors in the var­i­ous sport­ing events at the Com­mon­wealth Games, In­ter­na­tional Shoot­ing Sport Fed­er­a­tion World Cup and the Asian Games was com­mend­able. The Na­tion as a whole and the In­dian Air Force in par­tic­u­lar is ex­tremely proud of their achieve­ments.

The wel­fare and well-be­ing of our per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies con­tin­ues to be of ut­most im­por­tance. The IAF re­mains fully com­mit­ted in its en­deav­our to pro­vide a con­ducive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment to one and all. A num­ber of devel­op­men­tal projects on con­struc­tion/upgra­da­tion of ac­com­mo­da­tion, messes, schools, au­di­to­ri­ums, sports in­fra­struc­ture, med­i­cal and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties have been ac­cel­er­ated to en­hance the qual­ity of life and stan­dards of liv­ing of our per­son­nel.

On this oc­ca­sion we take this op­por­tu­nity to pay trib­ute to our veter­ans and ac­knowl­edge their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions. It is their vi­sion and tenac­ity of pur­pose that nur­tured a fledg­ling air force along the path of progress. We are for­ever in­debted to our pi­o­neers who were un­re­lent­ing in the face of tremen­dous hard­ships dur­ing the for­ma­tive years of the IAF. We as­sure them that we will con­tinue to strive for ex­cel­lence and en­sure suc­cess in ev­ery mis­sion that we un­der­take keep­ing in line with the val­ues and ethos that we have in­her­ited from them.

On be­half of all air war­riors of the In­dian Air Force, I com­pli­ment SP’s Avi­a­tion team for the spe­cial is­sue on Air Force Day and wish them suc­cess in all their fu­ture en­deav­ours.

Jai Hind!

AIR CHIEF MAR­SHAL CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF IN­DIAN AIR FORCE

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