The Annual Commanders' Conference of South Western Air Command (SWAC) was chaired by Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff, on November 30, 2016 at Gandhinagar. On this occasion the Air Chief inaugurated the new HQ SWAC building at Vayushakti Nagar, Gandhinagar. All Air Force Commanders of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharasthra region and other dignitaries were also present during the occasion.
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff and Mrs Lily Raha, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) were received by Air Marshal RK Dhir, AOC-in-C, SWAC and Mrs Neelam Dhir, President AFWWA (Regional), at Ahmedabad Airport.
On arrival at HQ SWAC, Gandhinagar, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha was presented an impressive Guard of Honour. Addressing the Commanders during the Conference, the Chief acknowledged the high degree of professionalism and hard work displayed by the Air Warriors in achieving the assigned goals and highlighted the need for operational preparedness with optimal utilization of available resources. He emphasized upon the need to keep abreast with latest technologies and to focus on the associated challenges while the IAF marches ahead towards major upgradation of capabilities and infrastructure. The Chief urged every Air Warrior to exhibit immaculate discipline and unwavering integrity.
The Air Chief accompanied by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SWAC went on a wind shield tour of the new campus which included both the offices and the residential area.
The annual conference is a forum for Station Commanders to exchange views on operations, maintenance and administrative matters requiring deliberation with Senior Officers at Command Headquarters. During the conference, the Air Chief recognised the efforts of various Units for their noteworthy performance in different spheres by awarding various trophies.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman