The Indian Air Force (IAF) completed 85 years of glorious service to the nation on October 8, 2017. From its beginnings in October 1932, the IAF has grown to become the fourth largest Air Force in the world and is globally acknowledged as a force to reckon with. The history of the IAF is replete with examples of valour in the armed conflicts that it has fought since inception. The yeoman service rendered by the IAF in providing humanitarian assistance to the needy during natural and manmade disasters both in India and abroad, has ensured that it has always lived up to its motto " Touch the Sky with Glory."
The College of Air Warfare (CAW) commemorated the 85th Anniversary of the IAF by organising various events for serving and retired personnel. A 'High Tea' was hosted by all Air Force establishments located in the twin cities at CAW in Secunderabad. Air Vice Marshal R Radhish, Commandant, CAW received the distinguished guests. Senior IAF officers present on the occasion included Air Marshal Amit Tiwari, Commandant, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Air Commodore RK Obheroi, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Hakimpet and Air Commodore CK Kumar, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Begumpet. Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne (Retd) was the Chief Guest for the function. Air Marshal Janak Kapur (Retd), Air Marshal KN Nair (Retd) also graced the occasion. The event provided an opportunity for veterans to interact with their brothers in arms and relive the fond memories of their service in the IAF.