New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has selected Group Captain Shaliza Dhami to take over command of a frontline combat unit in the western sector. This is the first time that a woman IAF officer has got a command appointment.
Gp Capt Dhami was commissioned in 2003 as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force. She has logged in over 2,800 hours of flying. She is also a qualified flying instructor. Earlier, she has served as flight commander of a helicopter unit in the Western sector.
The officer has an outstanding career record. She had been commended by the air officer commanding in chief on two occasions. Currently, she is posted in the operations branch of a frontline command headquarters.
It may be recalled that following a Supreme Court order, the three services have opened command appointments for women officers. The Army recently conducted interviews and approved the first batch of women officers for command appointments.