Flying Officer Aanchal Gangwal got commissioned as an officer on Saturday in the presence of IAF chief BKS Bhadauria. Suresh Gangwal runs a steel shop in Neemuch district of MP. With a never-give-up attitude, she went on to bag a job as sub-inspector in the MP police and later worked as inspector in the labour department. She was hardly content with it. She chased her dream of getting into the IAF and at the graduation parade, the Flying Officer bagged President’s plaque in administration branch.
Flying Officer D Harsha from Lingampally in Hyderabad had cleared the SSB test the first time but his entry was rejected because of retinal haemorrhage that he suffered. He overcome all hurdles the next time and got into the IAF, much to the delight of his father D Narasimha Rao and his mother D Lakshmi. “Ever since I saw a jet plane in the sky, I wanted to be a fighter pilot,” he said. Flying Officer Anurag Nain, who was the winner of the sword of honour also derived inspiration from his father who retired as a sergeant from the IAF. “Choose to be blind and do whatever it takes to see,” is the motto of Nain, whose family hails from Harayana and settled in Delhi. From Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, Flying Officer Arsulan Yaseen bringing a change in the mindset of the people of his village He had the intention of joining the IAF thanks to the encouragement he got from his father.
There is much that Flying Officer Anatara Mehta is proud of. She is the first woman fighter pilot from Maharashtra and the 10th woman pilot in the country. “I always wanted to do something challenging in life,” the national-level basketball player said. Life at the Air Force Academy while training is not easy. “It was challenging,” Flying Officer Kajal Yadav, inspired by her uncle, said. She is the first woman to join the elite helicopter fleet of IAF from Hanumangarh, Rajasthan.