Flight cadets commissioned into Air Force
Hyderabad|India|July'2012: The morning of 30th Jun 2012
witnessed 216 newly commissioned officers including 46 women receive their
first salute from their juniors as they marched to the tune of ‘Auld Lang
Syne’ at the end of the parade, marking their successful graduation from
the Air Force Academy at Dundigal, near Hyderabad.
This Combined Graduation Parade of the flight cadets of No.189 Pilot
Course, No. 130 Ground Duty Course and No. 114 Navigation Course, who
underwent training at IAF’s various training establishments such as – Air
Force Administrative College(AFAC), Coimbatore, Air Defence College,
Lucknow, Air Force Station Hakimpet, Begumpet and Yelahanka besides the
Air Force Academy marks the culmination of their successful basic and
Flight Cadet Naveen Lather commanded the immaculately turned out cadets
formed in six squadrons on the parade ground in front of the Sekhon Block.
The impressive parade was reviewed by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air
Chief Marshal NAK Browne, who awarded the President’s Commission to the
flight cadets on behalf of the Honourable President of India.
Congratulating the newly commissioned officers, the Air Chief said, “I
welcome you, young men and women, into the brotherhood of arms.”
Impressing upon taking care of those under one’s charge, he said, “With
the privilege of commanding men, comes the responsibility of looking after
your subordinates. The IAF’s vision statement – ‘People First Mission
Always’ contains an important leadership lesson. It implies that while the
mission accomplishment is imperative, the focus has to be on our ‘People’.
The people placed under your charge will look up to you for guidance and
leadership and it will be your sacred duty to prove to be a good role
model to them. All your accomplishments hereafter must be the success
story of your team. This cohesion and team work when taken together across
the IAF would prove to be our biggest force multiplier – much bigger than
any of our present or future technology inductions. Your journey into the
Air Force will bring you a great amount of joy and happiness. It will also
bring you face to face with many challenges, temptations and dilemmas. How
you respond to these will ultimately define your strength of character.
Make it a point to execute every task, every mission, every assignment the
way the Air Force and the Nation expects you to do. This way you will
never go wrong and you will look at all challenges as opportunities to
Wishing them continued success and a great career he said, “ I welcome
each one of you into the fraternity of the IAF and the Indian Armed
Forces. Every morning wear your blue uniform with pride as there can be
very few vocations as satisfying and noble as yours. My special thanks
goes to the proud parents for giving the gift of these young men and women
as they join the Air Force. You have my personal assurance that their
safety, care and comfort will remain my highest priority. We will ensure
that our people get to fly and operate aircraft and equipment which is the
best in the world.”
Of the newly commissioned officers 95 are from Flying Branch, 19 from
Navigation and 102 from the Ground Duties. In addition three Naval
Officers and one Coast Guard Officer were also awarded wings on completion
of their Flying Course.
The President’s Plaque and the Chief of the Air Staff Sword of Honour for
standing first in overall order of merit in Pilot’s Course was awarded to
Flying Officer Naveen Lather while Flying Officer S K Kandpal and Flying
Officer V P Prajapat were awarded the President’s Plaque for standing
first in overall order of merit in Ground Duty Branches and Navigation
There was a traditional fly past by Hawk, AN-32, Dornier and Kiran
aircraft while a low level aerobatic display by Su-30 MKI kept the
On his arrival at the Air force Academy on 29 Jun 2012, the Chief Guest,
Air Chief Marshal Browne was received by Air Marshal Rajinder Singh, AOC-in-C,
Training Command and Air Marshal P R Sharma, Commandant Air Force Academy.
He later attended the Ceremonial Guest Night with the passing out cadets
and their parents, where he also awarded trophies and medals to those
cadets who excelled in their respective branches.