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Nagpur – The Maintenance Command Commanders’ Conference was inaugurated by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Param Vishist Seva Medal Ati Vishist Seva Medal Yudh Seva Medal Vayu Sena Medal Aide-de-Camp, Chief of the Air Staff at Vayu Sena Nagar, Nagpur on 29 Oct 18. The two days Conference was attended by the Commanders of Base Repair Depots, Equipment Depots and other Units / Stations under Maintenance Command. The progress of various on-going Maintenance activities and Projects at various Units was reviewed during the Conference.

The Chief of the Air Staff in his opening address reiterated effective utilization of available resources for operational readiness at all times. He emphasized that, Maintenance Command has a major role in maintaining the war fighting equipment of the Indian Air Force and urged them to keep pace with the rapid up gradation of modern technologies being incorporated by the Indian Air Force. He congratulated Field Commanders for excellent

performance and quality output given by all the Base Repair Depots (BRDs) and Equipment Depots (EDs) during Exercise Gagan Shakti. He appreciated the effort of BRDs and EDs for boosting the serviceability of aircraft, radars and SAGW during the exercise and sustaining very high percentage of serviceability during the entire exercise. He praised the manpower

support given by Maintenance Command to field units during exercise Gagan Shakti to sustain field serviceability of the equipment for round the clock operations. He also presented trophies to Base Repair Depots and Equipment Depots that had excelled in their core professional work.

HQ Maintenance Command has taken a major initiative towards Renewable Energy wherein all major Building rooftops are being installed with Solar Cells. This will result in large reduction in the use of fossil fuel based commercial power. Similar projects are also underway in five other major Stations under Maintenance Command.

The Chief of Air Staff inaugurated the Solar Power Plant installed on the rooftop of the Maintenance Command HQ building that is the first Green Building in the Maintenance Command and would ensure that the complete energy requirement of the Building would be met from the Solar Energy during the Conference and thereafter. This may well make it the

first “Green” Commanders& Conference in the IAF. After the inauguration of the solar power plant Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa interacted with all personnel which included all Airwarriors, Civilian Staff, DSC personnel and NCs(E) of HQ MC, IAF during High Tea.

Earlier, the Air Chief and Mrs. Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association arrived at Nagpur on 29 Oct 18 and were received by Air Marshal Hemant Sharma AVSM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command and Mrs. Kusum Sharma, President, AFWWA (Regional). On his arrival, the Chief of the Air Staff was presented an impressive ceremonial “Guard of Honour” at HQ Maintenance Command, Vayusena Nagar. During the visit, the Air Chief addressed the Air Warriors and interacted with Civilians.

Mrs. Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association, addressed a meeting of Sanginis along with Mrs. Kusum Sharma, President AFWWA (Regional) and AFWWA Presidents of various Units under Maintenance Command. During the visit she complimented the contribution of AFWWA and applauded the team for being awarded the best AFWWA Unit in 2017–18 in the IAF. She also reviewed the progress of welfare schemes and ventures at Stations under Maintenance Command. She appreciated the steps taken by the Association at Regional and Local levels for welfare of their members and advised all the Sanginis to acquire new skills to keep pace with the changing environment.