On the occasion of the passing out of ab-initio trainees of the Indian Air Force (IAF), an impressive parade was conducted at Air Force Station Jalahalli in Bengaluru on Friday.
Air Vice Marshal GSPN Chowdary, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Training Command was the Reviewing Officer at the parade. With the culmination of their training, around 1200 airmen trainees joined the mainstream of the IAF.
Indian Air Force Parade
The parade was witnessed by a large number of air warriors, ab -initio trainees and other guests. The Reviewing Officer presented trophies to the Best in Trade to Leading Aircraftsman Sanjeet Kumar for Electronics Fitter Trade, Leading Aircraftsman Dinesh for Electrital Fitter (Restructured) Ground and Leading Aircraftsman Sahil Poonia for Electrical Fitter (Resctured) Aviation. Leading Aircraftsman Sahil Poonia secured the Best All Rounder Trophy.
The Reviewing Officer congratulated the graduating trainees and those who had performed well in different fields. He emphasised that the country has reposed enormous faith in each one of them to guard the Air Frontier of the Nation and reiterated the need to utilise their training in pursuit of excellence to achieve professional goals. He lauded the remarkable efforts put up by the instructional staff and all those connected with the training, both directly and indirectly at the Training Institutes and Air Force Station Jalahalli.
On his arrival, the Chief Guest Air Vice Marshal GSPN Chowdary was received by Air Commodore Charles Andrews, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Jalahalli.
3,624 Trainees Completed in January
Earlier in January, as many as 3,624 trainees of the Airmen Training School Belagavi successfully completed their basic training and were sent off at the passing out parade at the ATS in Sambra.
Air Vice Marshal Vivek Pillai, Command Technical Training Officer of the Bengaluru-based HQ Training Command, was the chief guest for the occasion.
He reviewed the parade and presented trophies to the meritorious trainees. Among the prize winners, trainee Gagan Sisodia was adjudged as the “Best in General Service Training”, trainee Amit Singh Bhaduriya as “Best in Academics”, trainee Virendra Choudhary as “Best Marksman” and trainee Vineet Kumar was adjudged as “Overall First in Order of Merit”.
Air Vice Marshal Pillai stressed upon the importance of precautions to be adhered to while fighting COVID-19. He reiterated that they must continue to be careful about their personal hygiene and keep social distancing in their trade training phase also.
AVM Pillai stressed that learning is a continuous process and one should keep abreast with the fast-paced technological environment, which is shaping the Indian Air Force on a regular basis. He emphasised on the need to develop professional skills by maintaining a steep learning curve during different stages of training.
All ab initio airmen trainees have undergone rigorous basic phase training at the Basic Training Institute and evolved as air warriors on the completion of their training. During 24 weeks of training they are imparted with General Service Training to help them develop an all-round personality in the finest traditions of IAF, said a release.