Nineteen cadets of School of Nursing, Command Hospital Air Force, Bangalore, were commissioned into Military Nursing Service (MNS) at a ceremony held at Sushruta Auditorium on the hospital premises, on Tuesday. Air Vice Marshall Rajvir Singh Bhalwar, commandant Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore presided over the event as the chief guest.
Col P S Sulochana, principal matron, welcomed the gathering, while Lt Col Cecily P J, principal tutor, presented the annual school report.
The students, from the 37th batch of School of Nursing, underwent three and a half years of training. In the final all-India examination, the Bangalore batch secured the first, fourth, sixth and eighth ranks.
The DGAFMS Board Examination will now decide on the rank and placement of the 19 cadets.
These young nursing officers are posted to various service hospitals all over the country. They are also deputed to foreign countries on UN Missions when sanctioned or as required.
Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore (CHAFB) is the only Command Hospital of Indian Air Force. It started out as a 50-bed Military Hospital, which was raised for British troops in 1816. It was soon overtaken by the Air Force.
Consequently, on December 22, 1977, the Air Force Hospital was upgraded and designated as Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore (CHAFB) and on November 5, 1984 the command of the hospital was upgraded to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. The hospital runs an authorised School of Nursing besides various other training institutes.