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Air Chief visits Eastern Air Command, stresses on importance of operations in North East


December 12, 2011 - Shillong

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Nak Browne, on Monday stressed upon the importance of operations, infrastructure development in the North East Region with an aim towards increasing accessibility to the North East, induction of new equipment alongside maintenance of and use of old equipment, aviation and maintenance safety and most importantly the welfare of the air warriors.

Air Chief Marshal Browne, who arrived at Head Quarters, Eastern Air Command (EAC), Shillong, today exhorted all Commanders to uphold the "People First Mission Always", vision of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

In line with the vision statement of the IAF of - People First Mission Always, he said, "Our entire focus must be on the operations as we are doing a capability enhancement across the board in terms of new inductions. I can assure you, you have all my support in achieving your long-term objectives."

Exhorting all the Commanders to focus on supporting, supervising, counselling, mentoring and guiding those under their charge during training as well as in the units.

"Invest your time and energies in people, our most important asset," he said.

Air Chief Marshal Browne also complimented the Command personnel on their sustained air maintenance efforts in carrying out Disaster Relief Operations during Sikkim earthquake and Orissa floods.

He also interacted with the Commanders of all the formations under Eastern Air Command as well as the key appointments and Principal Staff Officers of the Command.

Air Chief Marshal Browne was received by Air Marshal S Varthaman, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, and Shobha Varthaman, President AFWWA (Regional).

The Air Chief was presented with a 'Guard of Honour' on his arrival at the Head Quarters.

This is the first visit of the Air Chief to the North East Region, after assuming the charge as the IAF Chief on July 31, 2011.

Air Chief Marshal Browne's three-day visit to the region will include visits to bases such as Guwahati, Tezpur, Chabua, besides Shillong to oversee the planned infrastructure development by the IAF in the region.

ANI

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