Pooja Thakur

The First Female Commanding Officer of the Tri-Services Guard of Honour


In 2015, Wing Commander Pooja Thakur went down in history as the first Indian woman to lead the Guard of Honor during the visit of the US President Barack Obama. Pooja since then, became a symbol of empowerment & an inspiration to young girls.

Born in Ajmer, Pooja joined the Indian Air Force in the year 2000 and after rigorous training of one year, on par with her male counterparts, got commissioned as an administrative officer.  

Over the years, she worked on project management, personnel management, procurement, creative content, film productions and event management in IAF.

She has been very proactive about bringing innovative ideas such as mobile apps, road adventure drives and mobile exhibitions as means to connect with the public.

Coming from a defense family background, it's not surprising she has also inherited the passion for travel & the excitement for adventure. 


She has been a member of the Air Force Women Skydiving team and a certified deep sea diver, bungee jumper, rafter, skier and a paraglider. 

A persuasive communicator with ingrained leadership traits, Pooja has been instrumental in an empowering shift of image projection of the IAF and presenting IAF as a new age workforce with a traditional value system.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

She was commissioned into the administrative branch of the Indian Air Force in  2001 and was promoted to the rank of wing commander in 2014. 

She also contributed during the development stage of the ‘Guardians of the Skies’, a video game that features Indian Air Force pilots.

Why Pooja Thakur ?

She epitomises the notion that women are equal to men in all aspects and inspires young girls throughout the country to stand tall and confident.

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