Wing Commander Pooja Thakur on 25 January 2015 became the first lady officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour for a major visiting dignitary at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential palace). The Guard of Honour was inspected by the US President Barack Obama.
Thakur leading the Inter-Service Guard of Honour was in line with the theme of Nari Shakti (Women Power) chosen for the 2015 Republic Day parade. The 2015 parade also saw all women contingents of the army, air force and navy walking down the Rajpath for the first time.
Thakur joined Indian Air Force in 2000 and belongs to administrative branch. She is currently posted at DISHA, the publicity cell under the Directorate of Personnel Officers at the Air Force Headquarters. Her father retired as a Colonel from the Indian Army.
When: 25 January 2015