A grand Combined Graduation Parade will be held at Air Force Academy Dundigal, Hyderabad on 15 December 2018 to mark the successful completion of pre-commissioning training of Flight Cadets belonging to various branches of Indian Air Force. The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, AtiVishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Aide-De-Camp will be the Chief Guest and Reviewing Officer of the Passing out Parade.
During the function, he will confer the ‘President’s Commission’ to 141 graduating trainees of various branches. The ceremony also includes the presentation of ‘Wings and Brevets’ to the Flight Cadets who would be successfully completing Flying and Navigation training respectively. The award of ‘Wings or Brevets’ represents a significant milestone in every Military Aviator’s career and is the culmination of a very demanding but rewarding period of training. The Chief Guest will also be awarding ‘Wings’ to officers of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard on successful completion of their flying training at Air Force Academy.
The Flight Cadet from ‘Flying Branch’ standing first in the Order of Merit will be awarded with the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his accomplishment and will have the privilege of commanding the Parade besides receiving the President’s Plaque. The Reviewing Officer will also present the President’s Plaque to those who stand first in the Overall Merit in the Navigation and Ground Duty Branches.
As a custom, on the eve of Graduation Parade, the Reviewing Officer would attend the Ceremonial Guest Night and interact with graduating Flights Cadets and theirproud parents. During this event, he will award trophies to the Flight Cadets who have excelled in their respective streams.