President of India and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday conferred the Presidential Standards to two premier combat units of the IAF – No. 47 Squadron and Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) at a presentation parade held at the Gwalior airbase.
An impressive parade comprising air warriors from both units as well those from the Gwalior airbase followed the Standard presentation. The President also released a First Day cover and a Brochure on the occasion.
President Patil later interacted with the air warriors of the two Units.
Senior dignitaries present on the occasion included Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh and a host of serving and retired IAF 0fficials.
Speaking to the media on the margins of the ceremony, Air Chief formally announced the proposed flight of the President on a Su-30 MKI at Pune airbase on Nov 25.