President’s Standard to be presented to two IAF units at Ambala on Nov 10

President Pranab Mukherjee will award the prestigious President’s Standard to 501SU, Signal Unit and 30 Squadron, during a grand ceremonial parade scheduled to be held at Air Force Station Ambala on November 10. 
"Presidents Standards or 'Nishaan' are much coveted and have a special significance for all of us in uniform," stated Air Marshal S B Deo, AOC in C, Western Air Command, while addressing a curtain raiser press conference  at Air Force Station Ambala yesterday.
The Station Commander of 501 Signal Unit, Group Captain Vineet Jindal and Commanding Officer of 30 Squadron, Wing Commander Abhay Arun Phasnsalkar will receive the President’s Standard.
The President will also release a First Day Cover of 501 Signal Unit and 30 Squadron during the ceremony. 
Operational outfits of IAF become eligible for award of President’s Standard only after completion of 18 years. The selection is based on their performance and achievements, both during peace and hostilities. 
This honour is an acknowledgement of the meritorious service rendered by the selected units over the years. 
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Deo and other dignitaries would witness the ceremony. Retired Air Warriors and previous Commanding Officers of both the recipient units are also invited for the occasion. 
Various dignitaries expected to grace the President’s Standard Presentation Ceremony are the Governor of Haryana, Chief Minister and senior state government officials, an official press release added.


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