Chandigarh, 11.01.18-: The NCC cadets of the 1 Chandigarh Air Squadron have set their aim high to reach up to the stars by joining the Indian Air Force soon after their graduation as they took part in the combined Annual Training Camp organised at the Air Force School of 3 BRD, Air Force from 02 January and concluded on 11 January 2018. 108 cadets (73 boys and 35 girls) of senior and junior division from colleges and schools had joined the camp.

            The valedictory function was presided over by Brig RS Thakur, Group Commander NCC Group Chandigarh. Major Neelam Thakur, Trg Offr and Wg Cdr HS Pannu Dy Camp Commandant were present. Cadets performed an array of cultural programme showcasing their creative flair, grandeur of folk art heritage and cultural vibrancy of India and were given prizes for their excellence in different competitions by Group Commander.

            According to Wing Commander M R Pandeya, Camp Commandant, "the cadets were trained in various activities like Aero modeling, Drill, Weapon Training, Tent Pitching and Kit lay Out, Disaster Management, Personality development & Team building besides health run,  Declamation, Debate, Painting and Games were also organised at the camp.

            I joined the NCC two years back and it was my dream to fly and I am grateful to the NCC for providing the students of our college with the training atmosphere, said Cadet Corporal Somalica Sharma, Best Cadet (Senior Wing) of PGGC-11.

            Another Cadet Shreya, Best cadet (Junior Wing) of DAV-8 and youngest of all the cadets attending the camp, said she simply loves the feel of the uniform and the pride attached to it.

 “No feeling can match the pride of donning the uniform to safeguard the nation. It is simply beyond explanation,” said the 14-year-old Cadet Dharam Prateek, Best Cadet (Junior Divison) of GNPS-36.

              "I think, I did the right thing by joining Air wing as the experience of this camp is great and the environment provided by Air Force Station Chandigarh is Excellent” said Cadet Ritesh Sharma, Best cadet (Senior divison) of DAV College.

Speaking on the occasion, Brig RS Thakur, praised the cadets for their performance.  "The annual training camp is intended to shape the NCC cadets to become better citizens committed to National Integration. The NCC cadets to come forward to support social causes and serve the needy as the disciplined citizens of the country, he remarked.