618 Air Warriors were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a Combined valedictory function on March 23, 2018 at Air Force Station, Tambaram. The air warriors underwent rigorous and intensive training at the two premier institutes of the base, namely, Mechanical Training Institute and Workshop Training Institute, before passing out. Apart from this, 12 defence personnel from armed forces of friendly foreign countries also completed the training successfully.
Air Commodore MS Awana, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Tambaram was the Chief Guest of the function. He was received by Group Captain A Arunachaleswaran, Commanding Officer, Mechanical Training Institute and Group Captain CA Somiah, Commanding Officer, Workshop Training Institute. The function was followed by presentation of awards and trophies to the meritorious trainees. The passing out trainees were administered Oath/Affirmation on this auspicious day of their joining the Air Force fraternity.
Addressing the newly inducted 'Air Warriors', the Chief Guest complimented them on their immaculate turn-out. He further added that Air Warriors must strive for professional excellence. He also brought out that, with the induction of the state-of-the-art aircraft, equipment and weapon system, the IAF is witnessing major changes in operational philosophy and IAF today is on the path of transforming itself into a strategic force of great caliber. He urged the Air Warriors to make sustained efforts towards continuous enhancement of their technical knowledge and skills by keeping themselves abreast with the latest changes. He also advised the trainees to maintain exemplary conduct at all times, in keeping with the ethos of the service.
The 'Best All-Rounder Trophy' was awarded to Leading Aircraftsman SR Balaraju of Mechanical Training Institute and Leading Aircraftsman Virendra of Workshop Training Institute.