Reforming Air Force dormitries and improving the facilities will go a long way toward ensuring a safe and productive life for the Air Force.
Air Force Headquarters announced on Tuesday that it will soon open the first Air Force campus in India, the first to be opened since 2008, with the goal of transforming the air force’s current campus at the U.S. Air National Guard Base in New Delhi.
“Our intention is to build an Air Force College in India that will provide an excellent opportunity for our students and families to learn, engage, and compete in the Indian market,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said.
“Our commitment to India is very clear, and it is in our best interest to make sure we can leverage the unique opportunities and opportunities for our airmen and women to grow and thrive here.”
According to the Air National Guardsman Association of India (ANIMA), Air Force students currently reside in five dormitaries in India.
The dormitary in Pune, a city in Maharashtra state, houses 1,000 students, and the air base at the nearby U.P. is home to 1,500 students.
The new Air Force base will also help Air Force facilities expand by connecting to the UCP base in Panchkula, in West Bengal, which has about 1,800 students.
The UCP is also in India’s North Eastern region.
Air Force Secretary General Ajit Bhanot had announced a major overhaul of Air Force campuses in the past, but this is the first time it has taken place in India itself.
In 2015, the Indian Air Force opened a campus in Hyderabad to serve the needs of airmen stationed at the base in India and the Ural Mountains.
The first Air Base in India opened in 2007.