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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
22-November-2010 13:23 IST
Commander’s Conference Begins at Western Air Command Wac Commanders Focus on Enhancing the Operational Capability of Western Air Command
With the underlying theme – ‘Enhancing Operational Capability of Western Air Command’ the annual Commanders Conference of Western Air Command (WAC) commenced at Head Quarters Western Air Command, Subroto Park today. The two day conference began with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik addressing the commanders of all formations of the Western Air Command as well as the Principal Staff Officers of the Command.

With the Command that has translated its vision into its Mission Statement –‘People First, Mission Always’, the conference saw Air Marshal NAK Browne, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command exhorting all the commanders to give their highest attention to the people, who are always the greatest asset of any force.

Addressing the commanders he said, “IAF is undergoing major modernization process and WAC occupies a unique position in this transformation drive. The need of the hour is speedy operationalisation of newly inducted equipment with a commitment to preserve and maintain what we already have to the highest possible standards”. He further complimented the commanders for the excellent operational standards achieved during the recent Exercise Gauntlet III and exhorted them to keep operations as the main focus area.

The two day conference would have the commanders carry out a data based review as well as focus on key issues such as – Infrastructure development especially in the Northern Region including Leh, Induction of new equipment, Aviation and Maintenance Safety and Welfare of Air Warriors. Concept of Operations of Western Air Command including Operations in support of three affiliated Army Commands would also be reviewed.

Western Air Command of Indian Air Force is a unique Air Force Command as its area of operations extends from the world’s highest airfields in the Himalayas to the deserts of Rajasthan. Raised as No.1 Operational Group after independence in 1947, it was re-designated as an Operational Command in 1949. In 1963 it was fully developed as ‘Western Air Command, IAF’.