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IAF inaugrates Directorate of Air Veterans

 

 
 
  Published:November 2012
 
 
 
 
   

New Delhi. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, inaugurated the Directorate of Air Veterans. The Directorate would be committed to looking after the pensionary and welfare aspects of all retired Air Force personnel.

 

Inaugurating the Directorate, the Air Chief said “it gives me great pleasure to dedicate the new Directorate to the Air Warriors, who have contributed so much to the growth of the IAF. The Directorate would provide value added services to both our retiring as well as retired air warriors and coordinate all aspects, hitherto being handled by different directorates.”
The institution of Directorate of Air Veterans is an effort towards bringing under one roof, the various departments dealing with different aspects of Air Veterans, so that, the IAF veterans do not have to approach different agencies for their welfare and pensionary problems. This directorate will function under the Air Officer-in-Charge Administration (AOA), that would be headed by an Air Vice Marshal who looks after the responsibility of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Accounts) and would be re-designated as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Accounts and Air Veterans) henceforth.

 
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