Hyderabad: Chief of Air Staff Vivek Ram Chaudhari on Saturday reviewed an impressive Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) held at Air Force Academy in Dundigal, on the outskirts of the city.
Air Chief Marshal Chaudhary also took the salute presented by the graduating cadets at the parade which was attended by top Air Force officers and proud parents of the graduating cadets.
Addressing the parade, the Chief of Air Staff said it was indeed an honour and privilege for him to be here and review the Combined Graduation Parade of 208th Pilot and Ground duty Course and 133rd Navy Course along with two Officers from the Indian Navy, Nine Officers from the Indian Coast Guard and Three cadets from Vietnam, who have received their Wings today.
At the outset, he expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow on the untimely demise of Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and twelve armed forces’ personnel on board the ill-fated helicopter on December 8.
We have chosen to cut down many events that would otherwise have been part of this graduation parade as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
He conveyed his heartiest congratulations to all Graduating Officers for the immaculate turnout, precise drill movements, and an excellent parade.
I am sure that today, you would be filled with immense satisfaction, pride and excitement as you march through the hallowed portals of Sekhon Block to become commissioned officers of one of the finest Air Forces in the world.
He congratulated the cadets for their individual and collective achievements and “my felicitations to all the award winners for displaying exceptional professional commitment and hard work all through your training period”.
“I acknowledge and appreciate the efforts put in by each one of you in this academy to reach this significant milestone of your life. I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to all parents and family members who have nurtured and raised you to take on a career in the Indian Air Force.
The Chief of Air Staff said “You have undergone an extensive curriculum as part of a rigorous training schedule, designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the profession that you have chosen. Your successful passing out is a direct reflection of the skills you have developed and demonstrated while acquiring knowledge.
I commend the efforts of all officers and airmen who have guided, mentored and taught you not just the basics of your profession but also imbibed in you the ethos of IAF which is, Mission, Integrity and Excellence”’.
The Air Chief said “Remember, that the same dedication, adaptability and willingness to continually push yourselves will be required from you time and again in the future. The same high standards that you have shown today will form the basis of safe and effective operations in the future”, no matter what your role.
“Although your formal training has been successfully completed, do remember that the learning process has only just begun and you would be required to continue to work hard and take on additional responsibilities as Officers in the IAF. You must remember that the sacred oath you took, bearing allegiance to the Constitution of India, is a commitment for life. You must work ‘honestly and faithfully’ with utmost dedication and integrity throughout your career,” he said.