Award of Pres­i­dent’s Stan­dard to 501 Sig­nal Unit and 30 Squadron


The Pres­i­dent of In­dia and the Supreme Com­man­der of In­dian Armed Forces, Pranab Mukherjee, awarded the pres­ti­gious Pres­i­dent’s Stan­dard to 501 Sig­nal Unit and 30 Squadron on Novem­ber 10, 2016, at a mag­nif­i­cent cer­e­mo­nial pa­rade held at Air Force Sta­tion in Am­bala. The Sta­tion Com­man­der of 501 Sig­nal Unit Group Cap­tain Vi­neet Jin­dal and Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of 30 Squadron Wg Cdr Ab­hay Arun Phansalkar re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s Stan­dard. The cer­e­mony was also graced by Kap­tan Singh Solanki, Gov­er­nor of Haryana, Mono­har Lal Khat­tar, Chief Min­is­ter of Haryana and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from Haryana Gov­ern­ment, Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha Chief of Air Staff and Air Mar­shal S.B. Deo.

AOC-in-C, West­ern Air Com­mand, Air Mar­shal Ravin­der Ku­mar Dhir, South West­ern Air Com­mand, along with other dig­ni­taries were also present on the oc­ca­sion, be­sides a host of serv­ing and re­tired of­fi­cials of the re­cip­i­ent units.

The event in­cluded a cer­e­mo­nial pa­rade, aer­o­batic dis­play by Sarang and Surya Ki­ran Aer­o­batic Team and a syn­chro­nised drill demon­stra­tion by Air War­rior Drill Team. Ad­dress­ing the pa­rade, Pres­i­dent Mukherjee said that 501 Sig­nal Unit and 30 Squadron had a rich tra­di­tion of val­our and courage and had ren­dered dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the na­tion both dur­ing peace and war since their in­cep­tion. He added that their per­son­nel, both past and present, had put in re­lent­less ef­forts in pur­suit of ex­cel­lence and set an ex­am­ple for oth­ers to em­u­late.

A photo ex­hi­bi­tion was also or­gan­ised on the oc­ca­sion. To mark this glo­ri­ous chap­ter in the an­nals of the his­tory of IAF, the Pres­i­dent of In­dia also re­leased First Day Cov­ers for both the units. The Pres­i­dent’s Stan­dard are be­stowed upon a unit in recog­ni­tion of the ded­i­ca­tion and mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice ren­dered by it, which rep­re­sents the hon­our of a unit and is dis­played with pride on cer­e­mo­nial oc­ca­sions. It is akin to the “Nishaan’ that used to be car­ried by our erst­while fight­ing forces, whose per­son­nel would fight till the last man and last drop of blood to pro­tect the ‘Nishaan’. The award of Pres­i­dent’s Stan­dard serves not only as a source of in­spi­ra­tion and esprit-de-corps among the fight­ing forces, but also a sym­bol of ex­cel­lence.

Pres­i­dent of In­dia Pranab Mukherjee and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha, shar­ing a lighter mo­ment dur­ing Pres­i­dent’s Stan­dard pre­sen­ta­tion at Air Force Sta­tion in Am­bala

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