IAF chief tells air warriors to focus on training

Indo Asian News Service

Bengaluru, April 9 (IANS) Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha on Thursday urged air warriors to focus on quality of training and maintenance.

"We need to focus on enhancing quality of training and maintenance for improving the infrastructure, preserving air assets during peace time and to build teams through human resource management," Air Chief Marshal Raha told air force station commanders here.

Raha, who is on a two-day visit to the city for the station commanders' conference, endorsed the command for ingraining IAF's core values of mission, integrity and excellence in air warriors.

He also lauded the contribution of the air force personnel in conducting the 10th edition of the biennial Aero India event at the Yelahanka base on the city's outskirts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the five-day air show on February 18 in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Raha and defence ministers and air force chiefs of a dozen countries.

Commanders of flying, technical and non-technical training establishments of the training command are attending the conference.

The air chief also presented the honour of best flying training establishment to air force station, Tambaram (near Chennai), best ground training establishment to the Air Force Administrative College at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, best airmen training institute to communication training institute at Jalahalli here, best maintenance to air force station at Hakimpet in Hyderabad and best administration to air force station in Bengaluru.

Air Marshal Ramesh Rai, who heads the Training Command, delivered the opening address.