19 Jan 2014

Visit of AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command to Air Force Station Tughlakabad, Indian Air Force

Air Marshal P Kanakaraj AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at Air Force Station Tughlakabad, a premier Base Repair Depot (BRD) under Maintenance Command, on 16 January 2014 on a two days visit.

 This was his first visit to BRD, after assuming Command as AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command. Air Marshal was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Usha Kanakaraj, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional). 

The dignitaries were received by Air Commodore Sanjay Agarwal, Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Air Force Station Tughlakabad and Mrs Sitanshu Agarwal, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local). On arrival, a Guard of Honour was presented to the AOC-in-C followed by introduction to key Station personnel. 

His tour of BRD, comprised visits to various production wings, calibration facilities, logistics sites and other vital installations. He was briefed by AOC, Air Force Station Tughlakabad on the ongoing and future projects. During his address to the Depot personnel, he emphasised on indigenisation to achieve self-reliance, while ensuring reliability and quality production output. 

The Air Marshal stressed upon the need to find solution to techno-logistic challenges for sustaining operational preparedness of the IAF. He appreciated the role of Air warriors, Civilians, DSC and MES personnel for having displayed exceptional capabilities, while managing complex issues and challenging tasks. 

Mrs Usha Kanakaraj, a post graduate in Botany from Bangalore University is an active member of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA). A staunch believer of women empowerment, her focus is to ensure welfare facilities for special children. 

President AFWWA (R) visited Station Medicare Centre and met special children. She also visited various welfare ventures and appreciated the untiring efforts undertaken by President AFWWA (L) and Sanginis for the development of these ventures.

 Later, she chaired the AFWWA meeting hosted in her honour and interacted with the Sanginis. She emphasised on the need of Sanginis becoming more self-reliant through various vocational courses. 

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