Group Captain Shaliza Dhami to lead missile combat unit on India-Pakistan frontline
The first woman to command a combat unit in IAF: Group Captain Shaliza Dhami led a missile combat unit on the India-Pakistan frontline
The Air Force has handed over the command of the combat unit deployed on the Pakistan border to Group Captain Shaliza Dhami. For the first time in the 90-year history of the Indian Air Force, formed in 1932, a woman has become the commander of a combat unit. Dhami joined the Air Force in 2003 as a helicopter pilot. Dhami, with 2,800 hours of flying experience, has been the second-in-command of a combat unit.
Dhami is also the first woman officer in the country to get a permanent commission in the flying branch. Now she will handle a missile warfare unit as a commander. This unit is posted somewhere in Punjab. Military historians believe that this decision of the Air Force to hand over such a huge responsibility to a woman commander will prove to be a milestone.
Group Captain Dhami grew up in the same Sarabha village in Punjab's Ludhiana district where Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha was born. He was hanged at the age of just 19 and a half due to his revolutionary activities against the British Raj. His stories are told to every child in this village.
Dhami studied in the government school here. Was active in NCC Airwing in college. BSC studies were not even completed and she got selected for the Air Force. Then after completing B.Sc, she got appointed to the Air Force.