AFRO Completes 80 Years

AFRO Completes 80 Years
Question: The Air Force Record Office (AFRO) has completed its 80 years of formation on 14 September 2019. Where was it established firstly in 1939?
(a) New Delhi
(b) Hyderabad
(c) Ambala
(d) Jaipur
Answer: (c)
Related facts:
  • Air Force Record Office (AFRO) celebrated its 80th anniversary of its formation on 13 September 2019 with ceremonial fervour at Subroto Park, New Delhi. It was founded in Ambala.
  • The Air Officer Commanding AFRO, Air Commodore AR Shendye VM delivered a performance status report as a prelude to the ceremony. He also gave a gist of the events being undertaken to commemorate the event.
  • The highlight of the evening was the release of a Coffee Table Book titled ‘AFRO Through the Ages’ by Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, and Western Air Command.

History of AFRO:

  • The AFRO can justifiably take pride in being one of the oldest IAF formations.
  • After its formation as IAF Record Office at Ambala in 1939, it changed several locations such as Lahore in 1941, Bombay in 1942, Madras in 1946 and New Delhi in 1947 before finding its permanent location at Subroto Park in 1966.
  • During its eight decades of existence, its growth has been closely interlinked with that of the IAF. Initially handling the end to end HR management of only 14100 Hawai Sepoys in 1947, today it has grown into a mammoth institution looking after nearly 1,43,000 Air Warriors.
  • Its aim now is to automate all manual processes and reduce paper movement between outlying field units and AFRO, thereby enhancing transparency and accountability.


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