New Delhi: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who will be conferred the honorary rank of Group Captain of the Indian Air Force, is delighted to be part of the Armed Forces family.
Sachin said: "It is indeed a great honour that I have been considered for the honorary rank of Group Captain in the Indian Air Force. As an Indian, I am very proud to be associated with this dynamic force and I shall do my very best to be a brand ambassador for the IAF."
Expressing his eagerness to interact with the air warriors, he said, "I am looking forward to familiarising myself with the Indian Air Force. I once again salute the Indian Air Force for this great honour bestowed on me."
"Under the provision of grant of honorary rank by the Armed Forces to eminent personalities acknowledging their contribution towards the nation, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil is pleased to confer Sachin with the honorary rank of Group Captain," said an IAF statement.
In recognition of Sachin's glorious achievements as a cricketer and sports icon par excellence, the Air Force had mooted a proposal to confer the rank of Group Captain.
Besides the recognition, his association with the IAF will motivate the younger generation to join the Air Force to serve the country.
Till date 21 persons have been granted the honorary ranks from Flight Lieutenant to Air Marshal.
The last person to be conferred the honorary rank of Air Commodore was Vijaypat Singhania on October 8, 1990.