President Md Abdul Hamid on Wednesday said the process of building up aerospace industry was advancing in Lalmonirhat.
‘I hope that Bangladesh Air Force will achieve the capability of building aircraft in near future and will take Bangladesh in new height,’ the president told the graduation ceremony of general duty pilots at Bangladesh Air Force at their training academy in Jashore.
‘Bangladesh does not want war but peace,’ the president said, adding, ‘to this end, the fifth generation fighter planes, high-end radar and modern defence hardware will be inducted in the air force.’
Before conclusion, the president, however, urged the BAF’s newly commissioned officers not to forge the contribution of the working class people, and ‘from their money, the supply of your salary and allowance are being met.’
He also urged the newly commissioned officers to remain active to improve their professional skills through practice and utilising the lessons they received from the training.
He also handed over trophies, certificates and flying badges among the flight cadets.
In the President Parade, a total of 61 flight cadets, including 10 female cadets, were commissioned.
Flight cadet squadron junior under officer Raina Azad was awarded with the most coveted ‘sword of honour’ for her best all round performance in BAFA 75 course.
The air force officials said Raina is first lady officer in the air force who achieved the award given by the president in the ceremony.
Raina said, ‘With our work, we have proved that women do not lack behind in any way.’
Raina Azad said she faced many obstructions in achieving her ‘sword of honour’ and her parents—air craft maintenance engineer Abul Kalam Azad of Kuwait Airways and Taslima Akter always inspired her to go ahead.
Congratulating Raina, retired group captain Shamsul Alam, a decorated freedom fighter, said she broke the record in BAF by achieving ‘sword of honour’ for the first time as a woman.
He also said that such an incident did not happened even in India and Pakistan.
BAF has started recruiting female officers in 2000.
On his arrival at the BAF Academy Parade Ground, the president was received by Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat and BAF Academy commandant Air Commodore Muhammad Shafqat.
Among others, high civil and military officials, diplomats of foreign missions in Bangladesh, local dignitaries and guardians of the flight cadets were present on the occasion.
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