Leading from the front

By Tribune India

Atall, handsome Sardar sporting a milky-white beard, wearing an Air Force uniform with five stars on the lapel, marched up to President KR Narayanan with a sure stride. He belied his 83 years and stood straight before the Supreme Commander of the Indian armed forces on April 22, 2002. Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh’s investiture ceremony took place at the 32-metre-by-20-metre Ashoka Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

‘His inspiring career, towering personality and distinguished reputation have endowed him with a unique stature in society and have earned him the respect of the nation. Even till date, he actively associates himself with various welfare activities of the Air Force as a father figure of the service, which he nurtured from its fledgeling days.

‘For his most outstanding and extraordinary service to the nation, the President of India is pleased to confer upon Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh the rank of Marshal of the Indian Air Force,’ read the citation.

The President acknowledged the salute of the veteran warrior. The cerulean and gold baton was brought up on a velvet cushion. The President handed the baton to Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who saluted him again. The President shook his hand.

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