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9th March, 2023 MISCELLANEOUS

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Context: Group Captain Shaliza Dhami has been selected by the Indian Air Force to lead a front-line combat unit in the Western area.


  • In the Western sector of the IAF bordering Pakistan, Group Captain Dhami will be the first female officer to command a missile squadron. She is currently assigned to a frontline command headquarters' operations division.
  • She is a helicopter pilot who was appointed in 2003 and has spent more than 2,800 hours in the air.
  • She has operated the helicopters Chetak and Cheetah.
  • She is a certified flying instructor and the first female officer in the Indian Air Force to command a Chetak unit.
  • She conducted many flood rescue operations in addition to several search-and-rescue missions while piloting a helicopter.