DHAKA, Dec 29, 2016 (BSS) - President Parade of Winter Term-2016 marking the commissioning of Flight Cadet Course Direct Entry-2016B of Bangladesh Air Force was held at the BAF Academy in Jessore today.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar attended the ceremony as the chief guest, an ISPR release said here.
He reviewed the smartly turned-out parade and took salute at the impressive march past and handed over trophies and certificates among the Flight Cadets.
Flight Cadet Md Kutub Uddin received "Chief of Air Staff's Trophy" for his best all round performance in the Flight Cadet Course while Flight Cadet Mohammad Toufiqul Islam Shifat received "Commandant's Trophy" for best performance in General Service Training.
However, number 02 Squadron was adjudged the Champion Squadron for Winter Term and was handed over with Academy Colour.
Addressing the Flight Cadets the Chief of Air Staff said that "It is indeed a matter of great fortune that you have chosen a challenging career in Bangladesh Air Force of your own accord".
It is the testimony of your personal commitment and patriotism to the nation, he added.
He also said "on behalf of Air Force, I congratulate you all. At the same time I pay my earnest appreciation to your parents for supporting your decision for the sake of the country."
"On this day I would like to assure all of you that Bangladesh Air Force is determined to prepare you as proficient and skillful officers by imparting the best training," Abu Esrar added.
He asked the cadets to actively engage themselves in right exercise and application of the elementary training received by them from Bangladesh Air Force Academy.
A total of 40 Flight Cadets including 04 female cadets were commissioned this time.
Flight Cadet Sergeant Ahmad Musa commanded the parade. On completion of parade a spectacular Fly Past involving all types of aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force Academy was displayed.
Earlier, on his arrival at the ceremony Chief of Air Staff was received by Commandant Bangladesh Air Force Academy Air Commodore A S M Fakhrul Islam and Air Commodore Shaikh Abdul Hannan and AOC BAF Base Birsreshto Matiur Rahman.
Among others, diplomats from different countries, high military officials of Army, Navy and Air Force, high civil officials and guardians of the graduating cadets were present on the occasion, the release added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)